BigCricket https://www.bigcricket.com Share the passion! Tue, 17 Nov 2020 06:35:21 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Player Profile: Brett Lee https://www.bigcricket.com/player-profile-brett-lee/ https://www.bigcricket.com/player-profile-brett-lee/#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 06:35:20 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=265 Former cricket player Brett Lee is an Australian cricketing icon known as one of the game’s quickest ever bowlers and a nightmare for opposition batsmen.

In what was the golden-age of Australian cricket, Lee stood as a tall pillar in what was the county’s greatest ever bowling lineup. Lee joined Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath as an Australian attacking onslaught during the early 2000’s.

Making his Test debut in 1999 vs India, Lee’s international career was off to a flyer, taking his maiden wicket in his first over for Australia, dismissing Sadagoppan Ramesh. Lee also managed to take the scalp of Indian great Rahul Dravid and ended his first innings with a five-wicket haul of 5/47 from 17 overs.

Lee quickly became a resounding fan favourite in rapid time, taking 13 wickets in his opening two test matches for an absurd average of 14.15.

The paceman went on to win the Donald Bradman Young Layer of the Year Award for Australia, capping off a brilliant beginning to a long, illustrious career.

The boy from Wollongong had soon become a world-renowned bowler, both with the new and old ball, and quickly made a name for middle as the most feared attacker in the game.

Lee transitioned fittingly into the One Day format and won Player of the Series in back to back years between 2003 and 2005, a period where he won A World Cup and was a member of the ICC’s ODI Team of the Year.

Lee was one of Cricket’s star to benefit the biggest from the introduction of the T20 format, with his menacing attack with the ball and ability to quickly add runs to the tail making him one of the game’s best.

It seemed each time Lee was able to adjust to a new format or tactic, it would soon compliment his ability elsewhere, with a stunning individual display in Edgbaston during the 2005 Ashes Test almost taking his country to what would have been an astonishing victory.

Lee won his first and only Allan Border Medal in 2008, a year that saw him collect 57 wickets and six five-wicket hauls across 117 innings in Test matches alone. He also added another 24 wickets across the One Day and T20 formats.

Lee’s resilience was unparalleled with in the game. The paceman struggled to find his place in Australia’s Ashes Test side of 2009 as part of the English Summer tour after coming back from injury.

After missing out on the series, Lee was selected in Australia’s ODI side and was soon back to his ruthless best, taking the most wickets for his country with 12 and added a five-wicket haul – becoming the first player to take two 5WI at Lords in ODI’s.

Unfortunately, patterns persisted with Lee being sidelined due to injury and eventually making miraculous returns to the ODI and T20 squads and thriving in the One-Day formats as his place in the Test side faded.

Lee’s focus on the newer formats prolonged his successful career in the game, becoming the second fastest Australian to tale 100 ODI wickets and was the first ever player to take a hat-trick in a Twenty20 International match.

Domestically, Lee was a prominent figure across the globe, starting his career as a young starlet for New South Wales before stints with Kings XI Punjab, Wellington, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sydney Sizers and Otago.

Lee announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2010, ending his career with 310 wickets across 76 tests, sitting fourth highest for Australian wicket takers behind Warne, McGrath and Dennis Lillee.

After 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is, Lee called time on his International career as tied McGrath on 380 ODI wickets, the highest by any Australian.

Lee continued his career shortly with a number of domestic clubs and soon moved into a media role as an analyst and game caller.

The spiky-haired youngster from the ‘Gong will forever be known as one of the greatest cricketers Australia has ever seen and one of the world’s best bowlers in the history of cricket.

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The emerging talent that can be crucial as England look to make 2021 a year to remember https://www.bigcricket.com/the-emerging-talent-that-can-be-crucial-as-england-look-to-make-2021-a-year-to-remember/ https://www.bigcricket.com/the-emerging-talent-that-can-be-crucial-as-england-look-to-make-2021-a-year-to-remember/#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 06:23:15 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=262 English cricket is in a very healthy position right now and there will be a real hope that they can make 2021 a memorable year.​

They kick things off with a challenging tour to India in the next few months. That’s followed by a T20 World Cup, as well as a trip down under to take on Australia as they look to win the Ashes back, so it really should be exciting.​

A quick look at the latest cricket betting odds shows they are 11/4 to win the little urn and among the favourites for the T20 World Cup. So, it’s possible that it could be a period that is remembered forever in English cricket, if they can be successful on both fronts.​

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with dreaming, the reality is that it’s going to be a huge test for the players. Even though most of the squad for those fixtures already picks itself, there is still time for those on the fringes to force their way in. Plus, injuries and form can play a part over the coming months.

One man who is sure to have a significant role, though, both next year and for potentially the next decade or so, is Sam Curran.​

Of course, the 22-year-old has already made a name for himself in the game and he was the most expensive English player to play in the IPL, which highlights how high his reputation is across the globe. However, it’s important to remember that he is still a young player but even that’s exciting as he has the potential to improve.​

Ben Stokes has carried England somewhat over the years and there would always be a concern that, if he dropped out of the team, there’s no genuine alternative.​

And, whilst we don’t want to put extra pressure on Curran, he certainly has the qualities to become a talisman for the country if Stokes is absent. Pleasingly, that appears to be a role the Surrey man is relishing as he has already revealed that he sees the World Cup winner as an inspiration.​

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For the fans, the most exciting option would be getting the two all-rounders in the team together and that will be a prospect that frightens the opposition. Curran has proven with both bat and ball that he can deliver on the biggest stage and the upcoming events are a great setting to showcase his talents further.​

With the ferocious pace of Joffra Archer leading the bowling attack, backed up by the reliable Stuart Broad, England are always dangerous. Then, they boast accomplished batsmen and captains in Joe Root and Eoin Morgan in both formats of the game, with further quality in all positions. ​

But, the likes of Stokes and Curran just bring that something special to the team, as they’re capable of pulling off that match-winning shot or taking a crucial wicket.​

The world already knows about Stokes’ talents and in truth they already know what Curran can do. However, he may be able to elevate himself to the next level by helping England to victories in what is a massive 2021.

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Elite Cricket Players Discuss Changes in the Game https://www.bigcricket.com/elite-cricket-players-discuss-changes-in-the-game/ https://www.bigcricket.com/elite-cricket-players-discuss-changes-in-the-game/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2020 05:35:45 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=259 Quinton de Kock is a professional South African cricketer who took some break following the lockdown.

He believes that before the start of the tournament, he will be entirely ready to get back in the game. De Kock adds that there is sufficient time for him to resume his normal swing of things. However, it will be more challenging to prepare for the unfamiliar circumstances impacting the matches.

Moving the tournament from UAE to India implies a fundamental change in the nature of the competition. Whereas organizers proceed to work towards filling the stands to nearly fifty percent capacity, some matches may be played indoors. International cricket players must start getting used to playing in the presence of smaller crowds for the foreseeable future. This will be highly evident in the IPL this year since the exciting atmosphere often associated with Indian cricket game will be lacking.

Quinton de Kock notes that everyone will miss the feeling that comes with this atmosphere. Typically, the professional cricketer notes that each game is fully packed. However, de Kock stated that the presence or absence of a crowd does not bother him. Though the player believes he can do without the feeling of being in the stadium, he admits to missing the experience.

Rabada, another cricket player from South Africa, agreed that despite the sterilized setup, the quality of the game would be at an all-time high. He further remarked that it was interesting seeing the global cricket in England. The cricketer believes that at the end of the day, you like cricket due to the skill regardless of the crowds. Being a professional player, Rabada focuses on his skills, which ought to be entertaining people.

Whether the crowd is present or not, the players will be relishing the opportunity to prove their superiority over the others. Every cricketer will show their full potential since they are passionate about what they do. Rabada remarked that they are yet to know if the hype surrounding the game will be the same. Nonetheless, from a competitive standpoint, Rabada is convinced that everything will remain the same.

He believes that the flow of these competitive juices will be crucial, especially in the competition. Only the most courageous players will run into a bowl alongside the biggest stars in India, such as MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, with the wild crowd against you. Luckily, Rabada is the sort of player who relishes such competitions. Rabada mentioned that playing against players such as Dhoni and Kohli in front of incredible crowds is a precious moment.

It is difficult to explain as both parties want to prove a point to each other. Watching the way the crowd supports those cricketers offers an opportunity that you cannot undervalue. It is exciting, and your adrenaline kicks in and keeps you going. A-list sportspeople can find their inspiration from different things. It is unsurprising that de Kock takes on a different perspective. Whereas Rabada is famous for being an emotional cricket player, his captain likes to keep out the noise to concentrate on the task at hand.

Rabada says he sees them just like any other person. He acknowledged that they are big players in India. However, Rabada believes they all own a badge and are focused on the same goal. It is only logical that someone who has taken such responsibility in the field has figured out how to ease the pressure. Having always merged the duties of a crucial batsman with putting on the gloves as a wicket-keeper, Kagiso Rabada has, in the recent past, taken over as the white-ball captain of South Africa. Balancing those two disciplines for South Africa and Mumbai, together with his latest leadership position, can be viewed as a challenging prospect. Rabada has never found this to be a challenge. He has been batting and keeping his entire life and, in the process, found himself managing all these tasks. This time it’s no different as he has not been requested to bowl. If Rabada became the South African’s Test captain, then that would be challenging.

It would have presented him with a significant amount of responsibilities. However, he is perfectly content as a white-ball captain. Rabada has done this before during the Under-19 level. Following the most extended break from their careers, professional cricketers are immediately positioned for a swift change from no games to lots of them. Consequently, it can be those with that sort of adaptability and even temperament that do exceptionally well.

Interview conducted by Betway.

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Sunrisers claim first win of the season with 15 run victory over Delhi Capitals https://www.bigcricket.com/sunrisers-claim-first-win-of-the-season-with-15-run-victory-over-delhi-capitals/ https://www.bigcricket.com/sunrisers-claim-first-win-of-the-season-with-15-run-victory-over-delhi-capitals/#respond Sat, 10 Oct 2020 01:56:26 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=256 Hyderabad (162/4) have handed the Capitals (147/7) their first loss of the IPL season in the same match the Sunrisers claim their first victory, with the home side winning by 15 runs.

Hyderabad were sent into bat after Delhi won the toss, with opening pair David Warner and Jonny Bairstow combining for a 77-run first-wicket partnership.

The Australian went for 45 runs off 33 deliveries, hitting five boundaries until he was dismissed in the 10th over after edging a reverse sweep attempt behind to Capitals keeper Rishabh Pant off leg-spinner Amit Mishra. First drop Manish Pandey managed just three runs before a top edge shot to Kagiso Rabada gave Mishra his second wicket, welcoming Kane Williamson to the crease.

Williamson and Bairstow put together a 52-run partnership until the 18th over, with the Englishman being dismissed for 53 runs from 48 balls. Williamson continued to look deadly for the Sunrisers, knocking 41 from 26 deliveries. The New Zealand captain was dismissed with two balls to spare in his side’s innings.

Abdul Samad and Abhishek Sharma ended the innings not out, scoring 12 (7) and 1 (1) respectively. Rabada and Mishra were the only two wicket-takers for Delhi, with the batting side ending the 20 overs on 162/4. The South African went for 21 runs off his four overs, while Mishra went for 35 for his spell.

Anrich Nortje and Ishant Sharma proved to be costly for Delhi, with the South African ending a four over spell with 40 runs next to his name. Sharma opened the bowling and ended the innings with 26 runs from his three overs. Australian Marcus Stoinis and all-rounder Axar Patel went for 22/0 and 14/0 respectively. 



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As the change of innings came, the Capitals were going to need a strong start to their chase as Hyderabad planned to transition their confident batting display into an attacking onslaught with the ball in-hand.

Unfortunately for Delhi, their opening partnership failed to last the opening over as batsman Prithvi Shaw was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for just two runs from five balls. Shaw edged a passing delivery behind to Bairstow, giving the Sunrisers an early victory.

First drop Shreyas Iyer joined Shikhar Dharwan at the crease, with the partnership adding 40 runs until the eighth over. Iyer was soon dismissed off a menacing Rashid Khan delivery, with the batsman being caught by Abdul Samad for 17 runs.

Dhawan continued his onslaught alongside Pant, before the Indian opener was caught behind, giving Khan his second wicket of the game. Dhawan left the pitch with 34 runs from 31 deliveries.

Incoming batsman Shimron Hetmyer and Pant looked comfortable together at the crease, adding 42 runs before the West Indies striker was caught by Manish Pandey off a Kumar delivery. The Capitals sat at 104/4 off 15.1 overs, needing 59 from from their final 29 deliveries. Australian all-rounder Stoinis joined Pant at the crease, only for the keeper to go out in the next over.

Pant was caught by Priyam Garg for 28 runs to give Khan a third wicket of his spell, leaving Stoinis and Patel at the crease needing 36 runs from 20 deliveries. The Australian was soon the next piece to fall, ending his stint with just 11 runs as Delhi continued their chase with two overs to spare.

Patel failed to take advantage of the Sunrisers’ attack, while tail-ender Rabada quickly moved to 15 from 7 deliveries. Patel was dismissed with three balls to go, bringing Nortje to the crease. The Capitals required 25 from the final three deliveries, and the victory was sown up for Hyderabad.

The Capitals ended 7 wickets for 147, 15 runs short of their target, handing the Sunrisers their first win of the campaign, with Rashid Khan winning Man of the Match honours for his three wicket spell, conceding just 14 runs from four overs.

Kumar added two wickets of his own, bowling 25/2 off four overs, while Khaleel Ahmed (43/1) and Thangarau Natarajan (25/1) also had a hand in the dismissals. Sharma ended his four wicket spell with 34 runs against his name without taking a wicket.

Hyderabad moved to a 1-2 record in sixth while Delhi sit in second with a 2-1 start. The Sunrisers will look ahead to their clash against Chennai Super Kings in a couple of days time, while Delhi will host Kolkata Knight Riders on the weekend.

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Top 4 contenders for the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 https://www.bigcricket.com/top-4-contenders-for-the-orange-cap-in-ipl-2020/ https://www.bigcricket.com/top-4-contenders-for-the-orange-cap-in-ipl-2020/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2020 06:18:47 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=251

The 13th and 2020 edition of IPL is all set to commence from September 19 this year. The event is scheduled to be take place in United Arab Emirates where the pitches closely resemble the kinds that are prepared in India. A good number of batsmen taking part in the league would be looking forward to put their firepower on display.

We took stock of all the batsmen expected to join the action and have attempted shortlisting four possible contenders for the Orange Cap in the upcoming tournament. It’s worth noting that each one of these players is not just a huge favourite in the real sports betting world, but in the virtual sports betting markets too. Below are our picks:

Virat Kohli

The captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore had a fairly average IPL 2019 irrespective of scoring a 100. Looking back, he actually found his touch only towards the end of that event, and by that time RCB was pushed far below many teams in the table. However, Virat Kohli continues to be a force to reckon with in all three formats of the game. He still holds the record for scoring maximum number of runs, 973 to be precise (in IPL 2016) in any single IPL. Kohli is very capable of repeating that performance and would be itching to go after the bowlers. Therefore, he is definitely a strong contender for Orange Cap in IPL 2020.

Rohit Sharma

Just like Kohli, Sharma too had an average IPL 2019 with the bat. In fact, he never really came across as being present at the crease. But he was completely on the money when it came to the captainship responsibilities, something that was good enough to land Mumbai Indians their 4th IPL title. Unlike Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma has never managed to win the Orange Cap in IPL. In fact, the only batsman in Mumbai Indians who has ever won an Orange Cap is none other than Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit would be looking forward to correct that anomaly and also win another IPL title for Mumbai in the process.

David Warner

IPL’s Orange Cap and David Warner are no strangers to each other! In fact, the Australian has won it thrice, more than any other player in the history of the tournament – in 2019, 2017 and 2015, having scored 692 runs, 641 runs and 562 runs respectively. Chris Gayle comes close second with two Orange Caps. Warner, who is also the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad has been in excellent nick and would be very keen on winning it the fourth time too.

KL Rahul

Ever since he joined Kings XI Punjab, KL Rahul has become a completely different player. He will be captaining the Punjab side in IPL 2020 and would be eager to lead from the front in the batting department. The talented batsman has the mental strength to handle the pressure of being their captain as well as premier batsman, and would be hoping to help them win their maiden IPL title in UAE. An Orange Cap would undoubtedly be the perfect icing on the cake!

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Who are the Best Wicketkeeper Batsmen in Test Cricket? https://www.bigcricket.com/who-are-the-best-wicketkeeper-batsmen-in-test-cricket/ https://www.bigcricket.com/who-are-the-best-wicketkeeper-batsmen-in-test-cricket/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 06:49:49 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=248 The primary job of a wicketkeeper is to provide a safe pair of hands behind the wicket, but if they can also contribute a lot of runs with the bat, it can be a huge bonus for a team.​

Adam Gilchrist saved so many innings when he arrived at the crease in the middle order for Australia in the 90s and 00s, while Alec Stewart had a very good batting average for England.​

Here is a look at some of the best wicketkeeper batsmen in Test cricket today.​

Jos Buttler (England)

​Jos Buttler is one of the most explosive batsmen in all formats of the game. If he didn’t keep wicket for England, he would be in the team as a specialist batsman. It is a huge bonus then for them that he is able to field as their wicket-keeper, a role he has grown into.​

Buttler has 17 half-centuries for England in Test cricket. He is able to provide quick runs for his team if required to do so.​

Although his form has not been great in 2020, he is a very dangerous batsman, as he showed against India in 2018 when he scored 106 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.​

Buttler will be hoping he can play a big part in helping regain the Ashes Down Under in 2021. England are 11/4 in the cricket betting for the 2021/22 Ashes series so they need their best players to step up in what is going to be a tough challenge for them.​

Tim Paine (Australia)

​Australia have had a lot of success over the last couple of years in Test cricket and a large amount of credit has to go to their captain, Tim Paine. The 35-year-old wicketkeeping batsman has not only done a great job of leading the team, he has been very consistent with the gloves and bat.​

Although he is not as explosive as Gilchrist, Paine has proved to be a big asset for Australia in the middle order. The Aussie skipper has so often been able to steady the ship for his side when needed.​

His best score so far in Test cricket is 92, which came against India in Mohali in the First Test of that overseas series in 2010.​

Rishabh Pant (India)

​The youngest player on this list is India’s Rishabh Pant. The 22-year-old is one of the most exciting young stars in world cricket.​

Pant took over the wicketkeeping role from MS Dhoni so he has had big gloves to fill, but he has got off to a fantastic start.​

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In the series against West Indies in 2019, Pant became the fastest wicket-keeper to pick up 50 dismissals in Test cricket, beating the previous record set by his predecessor, Dhoni.​

Pant’s batting average is currently 44.35 which says a lot about his form with the bat. If he continues on the projection he is going, he has a great chance of becoming the undisputed number one wicket-keeper batsman in world cricket over the next couple of years.​

All three of the above batsmen will be in contention for being named in the ICC Test team of the year at the end of 2020.

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How Was Cricket Invented? https://www.bigcricket.com/how-was-cricket-invented/ https://www.bigcricket.com/how-was-cricket-invented/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 04:30:07 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=244 Cricket is one of the world’s most beloved sports. Simple on the surface yet tactical and requiring patience, it’s grown to be a fan favourite across the globe.

Nowadays, you can choose from a vast range of markets on cricket at Sportsbet, covering everything from sixes to wickets. But behind this now-modern sport is a rich history steeped in tradition and heritage.

While many see it as a typically British game that’s lasted generations, cricket can be traced back through many different time periods, all of which have had some effect on its development.

Early versions of cricket

Historians have often traced back cricket’s origins to rural England, with the 13th or 14th century providing painting and drawings that depicted people playing a bat and ball game that held many similarities to the sport.

In its early form, villagers would simply use a gate as what would later be known as the wicket and use a thick branch or stick as the bat. It’s believed a stone was the first projectile used as a means to try to hit the gate.

It wasn’t until the 17th century that counties, grammar schools and farm communities began playing the game with clear rules, a weighted ball and a carved-out bat that could be manipulated to play different kinds of shots.

During this century, batting took on much more precedence than bowling, with the main aim being to hit as many runs as you could.

Rules and betting

As we can see in our modern world, cricket and sports betting are closely tied. This relationship dates back to the mid-18th century when the emergence of betting within the game was key to the sport introducing set rules and regulations.

When cricket grew in popularity, the upper class and nobles of England saw it as an opportunity to place high-stakes bets on who would come out on top as the winner in each county.

With serious money being incorporated into the game, early cricketing authorities – known then as ‘Star and Garter Club’, came up with clear rules to make the game more defined. These included additions such as LBW, a third stump and a stamp on the maximum width a bat could be.

The very first established ‘professional’ fixture was the inaugural clash of two of the most famous academic institutions in the country – Eton and Harrow.

Technique development

Until the 19th century, the focus of the game was largely on batting, with bowlers throwing the ball underarm. Until this time, they had the freedom to throw high, low or as fast as they liked – but this changed when a new rule was introduced in 1864.

The governing body at the time saw it fit to level the playing field and take some of the focus off of batting and require more precision and skill when bowling. That year, they introduced the rule that bowlers must throw the ball overhand.

This drastically changed the outlook of cricket, as no longer were batsmen merely testing their hitting power and enjoying directing the ball where they wanted. They now had to compete with balls coming at them as fast as 90mph and bouncing off the green in front of them.

As a result, it became commonplace for batsmen to protect themselves with padding and helmets, which was later enforced across the board as a rule.

New competitions

As cricket grew, so did the culture surrounding it. Cricket fields, which have since become historic, were perfected to provide the best surface for play and official bodies were set up to organise tournaments.

Universities gave way to county and club cricket, with professional players making names for themselves across the 19th and 20th centuries.

As cricket grew slower and more methodical in its approach, crowd engagement began to lessen, so officials decided to introduce new competitions and formats that were more appealing to those not looking to watch test series that spanned multiple days.

One-day knockout tournaments, both domestic and international, began drawing in larger crowds, while the appeal of Twenty20 cricket meant the sport had multiple ways to impose itself on the world stage.

Cricket, as we know it now, has had a long and complex history with many changes. It’s a testament to its appeal, however, that despite so many revisions it still stands as one of the world’s favourite games.

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The Future of Cricket in India https://www.bigcricket.com/the-future-of-cricket-in-india/ https://www.bigcricket.com/the-future-of-cricket-in-india/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 05:46:30 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=238 If nothing else, cricket has proven to be an adaptable sport that continues to reinvent itself and to hold appeal to new fans.

The last couple of years in particular, punctuated by the acceptance of T20, have confirmed that the future of cricket will involve plenty of strategic and technical evolution.

This is indeed true of cricket in India also. With a rich history about to celebrate its 300th anniversary, the relationship between cricket and the country of India is full of interesting events, characters, and developments. Here are a few things that we can expect to see unfold as cricket in India transitions into its next phase.

Financial incentives will only increase

If you’ve spent any time on the India cricket website, you’ll appreciate how quickly speed and efficiency are changing the way that the game is played. With more dynamic and engaging resources available for fans online, it is safe to say that the number of cricket followers will continue growing and the sport will garner more and more media attention.

This means bigger sponsorship deals and more pressure on teams, players, coaches, and management to generate winning results.

A shift towards more specialization

With the likes of T20 and Test cricket gaining more traction in India, there will need to be an increasingly clear distinction between the different formats of this great sport. As fans and players alike become smart to the subtleties that make these iterations of the game so different, the separation will become more pronounced and players will have to decide what format is being suited to their skills and career ambitions.

Players will have to pick a side

This move towards specialization will also mean that some of the sport’s greatest talents will have to decide where to invest their effort as they are likely to find less success in a cross-format approach.

Whether that means mastering new skills or refining existing ones, even the likes of Ravindra Jadeja are going to have to double down on their signature abilities. This will also present opportunities for new players to emerge as stars, as the focus shifts away from all-rounders.

T20 might just be what takes cricket all the way to the Olympics

It has been over a hundred years since a game of cricket was staged at the Olympic games, but the time might soon again be right for the world’s top cricket players to battle it out at this prestigious event. With T20 offering a shorter and more Olympic-friendly version of the sport, it is not surprising to see certain powerful members of the cricket community once again campaigning for its inclusion.

More exposure for women’s cricket

If cricket does indeed make the leap to becoming an Olympic event, this could mean that the Women in Blue would be getting a whole lot more exposure. In a similar way to how rugby has enjoyed an uptick in popularity since it rejoined the Olympics in 2009, the same trajectory could be true of women’s cricket.

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Your Guide to Virtual Cricket https://www.bigcricket.com/your-guide-to-virtual-cricket/ https://www.bigcricket.com/your-guide-to-virtual-cricket/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=241 No matter how technologically adept or up to date on the world of sports you may be, with the pace at which things evolve, it can be hard to keep track of what’s happening.

Over the last few years, virtual sports and betting have really taken off, and these days – you can watch and bet on pretty much every sport under the sun from the comfort of your living room. Cricket is no exception. But being a fairly new sport to take to the virtual stage, you might still have some questions about how it works. Let’s break down the basics of virtual cricket.

What exactly is virtual cricket?

If you’ve yet to check out a match of virtual cricket live, this is what you can expect. Playing out across two overs per inning, virtual cricket matches are actually a lot more realistic than some other virtual sports, like soccer for example.

Most sites incorporate actual filmed footage, so you get a taste of the real thing, in addition to a partial simulation of various game elements. You can also expect to hear plenty of informative and witty commentary from real cricket personalities and actual players.

How does a virtual cricket game unfold?

Typically, if you’re dealing with a game that is being live-streamed – the entire match should not take any longer than four minutes. Most virtual cricket games will begin with the home team up first to bat, the visiting team is up next and the ultimate result will be decided by the team who ends up scoring the most overall runs.

Virtual teams will also usually be assigned a star rating, one for batting and one for fielding. This gives betters the chance to make a more informed decision regarding whether or not they want to proceed with a handicap and the type of bet they’d like to place.

How can I bet on a virtual cricket game?

Betting on virtual cricket is fun, easy, and becoming more and more popular. Some will allow you to pick different parameters of the bet, including teams.

You can also bet on different aspects of the games, including how many boundaries will be scored and how many fours are scored using the over or under function.

There are also functions that give you the chance to back odd or even bet on the total runs scored in each match. It’s a good idea to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the different options available to determine which one is best suited to your knowledge of the game and your preference as a better.

How can I watch virtual cricket live?

It is simple and accessible to watch virtual cricket live and generally you can set up an account and get watching within a couple of minutes. There are different services you can use, but most will require you to sign up with some identifying details and create a username and password.

Most virtual sporting platforms also include a selection of other sports, so you can also watch and bet on things like motor racing, tennis, or horseracing if you’re interested. Once you’re logged in, you just go ahead and click on the sport you’re interested in and the current action will automatically begin to stream live, putting you square in the middle of the action.

This primary page for each sport is also where you can find all the betting options at your disposal. Thanks to everything being conveniently located in one place, you will be able to check out all the different kinds of bets while you’re already watching the match.

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England Stumble on Perfect Formula https://www.bigcricket.com/england-stumble-on-perfect-formula/ https://www.bigcricket.com/england-stumble-on-perfect-formula/#respond Tue, 12 May 2020 06:02:12 +0000 https://www.bigcricket.com/?p=234 England’s test team has struggled to find a balanced top order in recent years and those struggles have led to some embarrassing batting collapses. Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley in the 2019 Ashes series masked the fact that the hosts made just 67 on first innings and that effort was indicative of those issues at the time.

Moving forward from that series and into England’s tour of South Africa, that top six may finally be falling into place and while the recovery may come too late in terms of the World Test Championship, Joe Root’s men are suddenly looking in good shape for the 2021/22 Ashes.

Opening Up

100 for Rory Burns” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by little-pete

It was well-documented that Alastair Cook had no fewer than 15 opening partners from his debut in 2006 through to his final test against India in 2018. 12 years is a long career but, following an extended period of stability with Andrew Strauss, it all began to fall apart.

Sam Robson, Adam Lyth, Mark Stoneman and Alex Hales are just four of those 15 players who failed to cement a place alongside the former captain at the top of the order. However, after a lengthy search, Cook’s retirement has indirectly led to what looks to be a stable pairing. Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley look to possess the technique, the patience and the mindset to bat long in test match cricket, and it’s all starting to look a lot more positive.

In Tandem

The Ashes series is always going to be a target and England’s batting is starting to fall into place. Early cricket betting markets show Australia as favourites to retain the urn at 8/15 but England’s price of 11/4 could hold some value.

The Burns and Sibley opening partnership started positively enough as they put on 52 for the first wicket against New Zealand back in November. It was a poor test for England overall but the two men had just started to bring some resistance back to a prime area of concern.

A freak injury to Burns in South Africa curtailed their partnership but they are expected to resume when test cricket returns. With Sibley averaging just over 40 from his first six matches and Burns starting to look solid after a modest early return, the two look to be the first choice opening pairing.

Through the Order

Behind the top two, the gritty Joe Denly looks to have done enough to keep his place at number three, but if the selectors turn to youth Kent colleague Zac Crawley could come in as replacement. With Joe Root and Ben Stokes to follow, England are suddenly looking far more solid as a batting unit and there are fewer weaknesses for the Aussie bowlers to exploit.

Australia vs England should always be a hard-fought series but when Root’s men last came here in 2017/18, a one-sided 4-0 victory for the hosts underlined those weaknesses. From November 2021 onwards, the emergence of a settled top order could make for a more close encounter.

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