With cricket being the biggest followed sports in India, there is also a growth in the fantasy gaming apps off late. There has been a controversy with regard to these fantasy apps being related to betting or fixing. India has seen the dark days of fixing and betting in the year 2000 where the match fixing scandal saw the country go through some of its darkest phases ever. This was repeated in the 2013 fixing scandal in the IPL. Many cricketers like S Sreesanth, Md Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and others have seen their careers destroyed with their involvement in the fixing scandal. With the fantasy apps involving financial transaction, is it betting? The confusion was cleared by the judicial authorities who cleared this and ruled that fantasy gaming is separate from fixing. So now citizens can feel free and be part of the fantasy gaming apps. But with that set straight, how does one win in the fantasy games. Well, here are a few free cricket betting tips.
- Horses for courses
It is important that the players aren’t just picked on reputation. Many players who perform well in certain conditions maybe not as effective in other conditions. A bowler like James Anderson who has over 600 international wickets to his name is often not successful in India and Australia where the pitches do not suit his style of swing bowling. It is important that players are picked accordingly.
- Go for the best combination
With a limited number of points available, the key to success lies in choosing the best combination that will earn the maximum points and not just picking players who would consume more points and not give enough. It is more advisable to go in for a team that will help in getting the most points. You don’t want to waste all your points on one player who will be moderately successful but doesn’t allow you to pick players who could have also been useful for you.
- Pick in form players
It is important for the fantasy players to keep track of the form of the players who they are going to pick. The players who are going to be picked must be picked on their recent scores. Form plays a very important role in the overall runs the player scores. It is usually the best indicator and gives the best prediction. Pick people who are picking regular wickets and getting regular runs.
- Pick the right captain and vice-captain
It is perhaps the most important part of picking the fantasy team. Often it is the choice of the captain and vice-captain which decides which player gets on top of the points table. The captain and vice-captain are awarded 2x and 1.5x the points the other players get. It is when the player you pick as captain and vice-captain gets most runs or wickets. When the combination does well, you earn points and get on the leaderboard.
- Keep utility players
The utility players are usually ones who perform with both bat and ball. This is when the players give you a lot more chances of picking up more points than anyone. If you see the IPL fantasy points table it is usually the all rounders which get on top at the table. Players like Andre Russel often become very important.
- Do not follow patterns
Cricket is an unpredictable game and it is important that the players don’t get too rigid in team elections. Be flexible and select the team dependent on different pitches and different oppositions.