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Independent Vs Regulated Gambling Operators

Gambling houses have thrived since their establishment in the 17th century and have evolved with the changing demands of users. And in the process, these casinos have bifurcated into two types- the regulated ones and the independent ones. The local regulated gambling operators are propelled by the local licenses such as the UK Gambling Commission license. They have their own perks and disadvantages. The independent gambling houses were built to dodge the restrictions and rules set by the regulated ones. For instance, if you have proposed to self-exclude yourself, you will have a hard time finding a UK regulated casino that’s going to accept you back.

On the other hand, independent online bookmakers at NonGamstopBets are good options for the players who want to avoid issues related to GamStop and other self-exclusion schemes. This convenient alternative to the strict UK regulated casinos has opened the doors to limitless enjoyment with efficient services. They operate under offshore licenses and offer a similar ensemble of game types from leading providers such as Azumi, Microgaming, Playtech, etc. Additionally, these sites abide by the guidelines of Responsible Gambling and adhere to policies of safe gambling.

Why Should You Go For Independent Betting Sites?

Independent bookies offer you a number of benefits over the regulated ones. But, before talking about benefits, here’s a quick fact about the security and safety status of the independent bookies.

The IBAS (Independent Betting Adjudication Service) acts as a watchdog over any dispute raised between the independent bookies and the customers and solves them. So, your problems are going to be heard and solved without any inconvenience caused. Also, all these bookmakers operate under offshore gambling licenses such as Malta Gaming, Curacao, etc. So, they are 100% safe and secure to invest your money.

Now, check out the interesting aspects of independent bookies.

  1. You can make safe and easy payments through Credit Card: UK punters are suffering from the recent ban on the usage of credit cards for betting. In independent casinos, Brits can get a significant amount of payments done through credit cards in a fast and secure manner.
  2. Maintaining “incognito” mode while gambling: Most gamblers prefer keeping their gambling profile anonymous. But, this cannot be achieved in highly robust and strict UK regulated casinos. Surprisingly, these can be achieved in independent casinos where neither do you have to go through ID verification by sending a photo of your ID or passport nor do you have to wait for ages for the verification to happen.
  3. Register and play: This is a major plus point of independent casinos. You can just register and play without going through the tiresome ID verification process.
  4. Punters from all over the world can participate: These independent bookies accept gamblers from all over the world.
  5. A lot of new gaming software providers on board: You will notice that independent bookies are emerging with a lot of reputable game providers every other day. So, this increases the spectrum from which you can choose your casino games.

Why You Should Go For Locally Regulated Betting Sites?

There are a handful of drawbacks about independent casinos that you need to be aware of. Therefore, choosing locally regulated sites might be a better option for you. Take a look below:

  1. They are non-GamStop sites so they do not offer you the self-exclusion scheme. You have to be a responsible punter and keep a check on how much you indulge in gambling. So, an independent casino is a big no-no for victims of problem gambling.
  2. In case of disputes or complaints against independent bookies, the IBAS will get involved and it might be a lengthy process. But, in the case of local operators, the dispute will be solved locally and there will be nothing to be anxious about.
  3. Another issue is safety. It is true that the local gambling licenses such as the UK gambling license has way more strict governance and way more assurance of customer safety than independent bookies who have offshore licenses. That’s a point to keep in mind.

Conclusion

Whether to go for independent casinos or regulated casinos is totally in your hand. This article is all about curating the advantages and disadvantages of both types of gambling operators. With that done and dusted, it is your decision to make. Both the options have a wide range of casino games to choose from and an equally exciting gaming interface.

 

How Sports Could Support Addicted Gamblers

Citizens of the United Kingdom give immense weightage to sports as well as gambling as modes of entertainment for themselves. Considering the popularity of sports like football, tennis, horse racing, billiards, and so on, it is easily deduced that endorsing the message of self-exclusion through GamStop is a feasible option and a successful step in evoking a sense of awareness against problems related to gambling addiction.

Here are some of the ways sports can help addicted gamblers.

GamStop Advertisements

Popularising GamStop has to be the fundamental approach in order to eradicate gambling problems faced by the UK punters. It has been operating as the rescuer of people dealing with gambling addiction. GamStop is regarded as the primary step that a gambler might take after realizing his problems with the same. It was soon to be realized that GamStop and its effectiveness requires it to be marketed in order to reach the population it is important for.

 

There were certain steps taken by the government to spread awareness regarding GamStop and its activities. Simultaneously, the CasinoGap team revealed some sports brands that are not on GamStop and UK punters should be aware of. So the government made it compulsory for all the operators under the United Kingdom Gambling Commission to comply with GamStop. Moreover, the advertisements on mainstream media are helping to spread the word to the crowd of commoners making them realize the importance.

Spread Responsible Gambling Messages

In order to preach the methods and motivations of GamStop, to help problematic punters from experiencing major losses, with help of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, GamStop is collaborating with various sports associations. The United Kingdom is a nation with huge sports fans and the followers constitute almost the entire population.

 

Hence, it is important to realize the quota of people engaging in gambling activities overlapping with the range of people following these sports. The reach of these sports is huge including the media that they attract. GamStop in collaboration with these associations is sure to attract the target audience to it and make them realize the importance of self-exclusion in order to overcome gambling addictions.

 

The sports associations are benefited from the sponsorship in return that helps them retain the quality of the team and for meeting other maintenance factors. On match days, the players support the cause by wearing jerseys with logos of the cause which are later auctioned. Apart from match days, the websites of these clubs and associations feature the link of GamStop supporting the same. The social media handles also do the job for better promotion.

 

Not just limited to that, programs like Safer Gambling Week stand by the same agenda attracting major organizations to sponsor for them. The major sponsors include Facebook. Football clubs like Swansea City and Middlesbrough Football Club actively participated in this program since 2018.

Remove Gambling Advertisement

Within the boundaries of the UK, it is allowed for the online casino operators, sports betting operators, and other such businesses to advertise for them conditionally if those operators are registered under the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. These are mere stimulation towards the population to lure them into gambling. These advertisements are not only noticed on billboards but available in mainstream media like television, newspapers, radio, and so on; hence it is exposed to people which increases the risk of people getting into a habit of gambling, mostly leading to a downward spiral.

 

Now the question lingers whether these advertisements are fuelling the problematic gambling habits of people throughout the country. The provoking statements used in the advertisements promote the likelihood of people engaging in similar activities. The exaggerations of the advertisements often lead or rather mislead people into overindulging in gambling activities. This promotion of instant gratification is not just harmful for the entire population but underage people are getting exposed to the ideas and definitely likely to take part in it at times even if it is illegal.

 

The government policies are conflicting enough to confuse people. The objective of this advertisement is to attract people whereas the government actively takes steps against problematic gambling. Thus, recommendation always goes towards limiting or even removing advertisements related to gambling, be it of the online or offline establishment.

Concluding Thoughts

Supporting addicted gamblers might sound like a lost cause but there are several ways like the ones mentioned and described in which overindulgence of gambling can be controlled.

 

Jasprit Bumrah, IPL
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credits: Twitter

Top 10 Bowlers That Can Win Purple Cap In IPL 2021

T20 matches came into the world of cricket with a bigger bang than the ODI’s. The shortened format promised action every second with the bowlers torn to smithereens by the batsman. It was so till the bowlers developed ideas on how to bowl their quota of four overs. Even maiden overs became the order of the day!

The IPL introduced the ‘ Purple cap’ to the bowler who could take maximum wickets in its tournament. Along with the bowling, the fielding became as sharp as ever, contributing to the wickets tally. So, who would win the coveted prize in the IPL 2021?

Kheltalk.com has shortlisted the probable 12 bowlers who could end up with it. The ranking or the chances is also found alongside them. Two overseas debutants have also been included. The statistics pertain to the IPL matches played by these ten players, and the debutants’ T20 performances for their respective countries have been taken as a benchmark.

Some bowlers’ advantage is that they may get to play 17 matches in the tournament, and most of them 14 only as they do not qualify for the play-offs! IPL purple cap winners are not decided on any other factor except wickets.

Probable list of bowlers, of which one may don the purple Cap in IPL 2021.

                        Ranking 1- 12 of the contenders for the Purple Cap 2021.

Rank Bowler’s Name Matches Overs Wickets Average Economy rate Strike rate Best
1 Rashid Khan 62 246 75 20.49 6.25 19.68 3/7
2 Kagiso Rabada 35 134 61 18.10 8.24 13.18 4/21
3 Jofra Archer 35 137 46 21.33 7.13 17.93 3/15
4 Pat Cummins 30 112 29 31.31 8.10 23.21 4/34
5 Rahul Chahar 31 107 30 26.63 7.47 21.4 3/19
6 T. Natarajan 22 76 18 34.39 8.20 25.17 2/24
7 Jasprit Bumrah 92 349 109 23.73 7.42 19.19 4/14
8 R. Ashwin 154 538 138 26.82 6.87 23.41 4/34
9 Ravindra Jadeja 184 452 112 30.98 7.67 24.22 5/16
10 Jhye Richardson 14 50 13 32.76 8.52 23 2/31
11 Yuzvendra Chahal 99 355 122 22.32 7.67 17.4 4/25
12. Kyle Jamieson 8 29 4 70.25 9,80 43 2/15

 

A brief analysis:

1. Rashid Khan:

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

The actual spin wizard after the likes of Shane Warne, Muralitharan, and Anil Kumble. Rashid Khan has outfoxed the best of batsman world around, and he plays for many franchises. He plays for SRH in the IPL, and the opponents only wish to see him safely away and his four overs. He is our number one probable. Recently, he was named the ‘ ICC men’s T20 Player of the Decade! Rashid Khan has the best economic rate in the IPL as of now.

He has leaked only 6.25 runs per over after having bowled 246 of them. His strike rate would have better if the batsman makes an effort to score against him. They opt for defensive tactics and push him for singles which reflects his domination over them. This is the same reason why he is the biggest contender for the purple cap but has always fallen short. 2021 should be his year and hence he becomes our chosen one. He will also play a key role in Dream11 Prediction for the users, who play fantasy cricket on a regular basis.

2. Kagiso Rabada:

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Image Credits: Twitter

The pacer from South Africa plays for Delhi Capitals and was the purple cap winner last year. Rabada has been in fine form and expected to repeat it in 2021 too. Rabada is not only quick but accurate too. His strike rate at 13 plus suggests that only. He bowls in the power plays and the death overs which makes him a candidate for the merciless onslaught! But, with Rabada, the top batsman in the IPL loves to see him off. He has everything a fast bowler requires. Height, trajectory, swings the ball both ways and the slower ones. And he knows when to unleash them, making him unpredictable.

3. Patrick Cummins:

Top 10 Bowlers That Can Win Purple Cap In IPL 2021 1

Acknowledged as the number one fast bowler in present-day cricket, the charming Australian opens the bowling for KKR. He was purchased for a whopping sum but failed to deliver the goods in the first half of the IPL 2020. He made up later and was also the man of the Indian- Australian Test series, sending many an Indian batsman to the Hospital.

Cummins would be helped by faster wickets this time as batsmen would search for that extra padding to protect themselves. Cummins would play in India with great confidence as he has bowled to all his top adversaries last year. He is bound to improve on his averages, and should the tracks aid pace, the batsman would have a lot to contend with this pace bowler.

4. Rahul Chahar:

Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar. Image Credits: Twitter

The stylish leg break Bowler has been nothing short of a success story for the Mumbai Indians. His recent domestic circuit performance also has been good, and he is in the Indian Squad of 15. Rahul Chahar would be in the Mumbai Squad of playing eleven, which itself speaks volumes about his developing talent. His only disadvantage is his variation. He does not possess a big armoury of stock deliveries.

But he can skid the ball effectively. All his averages suggest a very good improvement over the previous IPL in 2019. Unfortunately, his outing against England in the recent T20’s did not add to his glory and he was taken to the cleaners more often than not. He would have learned his lessons, and strike the opposition down, which MI expects him to do.

5. Natarajan.T.

T Natarajan
T Natarajan. Image Credits: Twitter

The left-arm medium-pace bowler was forced to warm the benches, but nothing can suppress talent for long. He made headlines in the IPL 2020 edition and continued to do so for the Indian Team in Australia. Natrajan is a household name by now and would be a strong contender for the purple Cap with his accurate Yorkers. His Yorkers or block whole deliveries has been spoken about by the world’s finest commentators.

The last time who earned such respect was Malinga from Srilanka, who terrorized batsmen with his toe- crushers. The difference between both is that Natrajan bowls with a normal action and the other one was a one-arm slinger. This makes Natrajan more deceptive and would be played with great respect in the upcoming IPL.

6. Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credits: Twitter

Jasprit Bumrah, till recent times, was considered the best fast bowler. Even though he is not successful in outings now, he can run through a side on his day. Jasprit could have been in the top three, but his recent performance does not justify what he is capable of.

He has won the purple cap earlier and he knows what to do to get it again. All his averages suggest that the batsman is wary of this bowler with the most unorthodox of actions. Bumrah has recently got married and is expected to arrive for the MI in new vigour.

7. Ravi Ashwin:

R Ashwin
R Ashwin. Image Credits: Twitter

Almost a veteran now, Ashwin is regarded as the finest off-spinner alongside his batting heroics. Ashwin grabbed the man of the series recently against England. He has slimmed down and back to regular agility. Delhi Capitals would ride on his shoulders this time to win the cup, and he, personally, the purple Cap. The world has witnessed a new Ashwin over the past eight months.

He has bagged many an award with his batting fine-tuned too. His experimentation with his bowling has taken a backseat and he is doing now what he knows best. Keeping the batsmen in check, Ashwin has the best of Economy rates next to Rashid Khan.

8. Ravindra Jadeja:

Ravindra Jadeja, CSK
Ravindra Jadeja. Image Credits: Twitter

Jadeja has turned out to be the darling of the Indian crowds, and his exploits for CSK are innumerable. He would be back in contention after his fractured thumb heals and would assist MS. Dhoni to pull the be- leaguered CSK back to its winning ways. Every Indian fan and commentators missed him during the recent matches against England even though India performed well.

That is the reputation Jadeja has now. He is Mr. Dependable and would perform something note- worry in the match. He can also be called the best fielder in the IPL and may miss a match or two in the upcoming IPL, but would catch up fast enough as his fractured thumb has kept him out of the entire English series’.

9 . Jhye Richardson:

Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson. Image Credits: Twitter

The Australian fetched himself a king’s ransom in the IPL auction recently. The Punjab Kings have his services now as he makes his debut on Indian soil. He is an unknown quantity, but his exploits in the BBL are worth writing home about. If Richardson settles down fast, his 150 kph deliveries will delight the crowd but not the batsman.

10. Yuzvendra Chahal:

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

The leg break googly exponent from RCB is a man that Virat Kohli has learned to trust. Chahal would be aiming for the purple Cap because he deserves it. Along with that, RCB also would look to win the cup. Chahal’s contribution to RCB has been something to write home about.

He has come up with the best of performances whenever Kohli desired and that was often. The wily fox he is with his googlies is yet to develop a topspin delivery which is very much required. This keeps him back with the rest of the pack. He deserves the purple cap as he has always been in the hunt for it but loses it ultimately. In short, he requires those extra matches after play-offs!

 

Fans In Cricket Stadium
Fans In Cricket Stadium.

Fans Welcomed Back To Stadiums As Bookies Expand Their Reach

We are all aware of the measures taken in the UK and abroad, as governments decided to restrict the number of spectators in sports stadiums and music venues. This quickly escalated into a complete suspension as authorities took the appropriate measures to protect the public.

But gig-goers and sports fans can now see some light at the end of the tunnel. For example, the UK Government has announced that it will be trailing pilot testing by allowing some lucky fans to return to stadiums in April, with the hope that as many as 10,000 fans can attend a stadium at once by 17 May.

This will be music to the ears of sports fans and sports betting businesses that have relied solely on online gaming over the last year. UK Gaming and bookmaker group Entain has been fortunate enough to lean on its popular Party Casino, but with its more traditional sports betting business back in stadia, it will enable the group to expand its reach. It looks like everyone will win once stadiums reopen – even if your team loses on the field.

What Will the Exact Restrictions Be?

As long as trial periods go well during April, UK cricket fans should expect to attend cricket games once more. Outdoor seated venues will allow a maximum of 10,000 fans into the stadium or 25% of the stadium’s total capacity – whichever is lower. This will mean that the majority of professional cricket, golf and tennis events should be able to go ahead with near-normal numbers of spectators. Premier League football matches will still be well below typical capacities.

Just over one month later, on 21 June, the UK expects to lift all social restrictions and resume a normal life. This would mean that all stadium use should return to normal with full capacities available. However, both of these dates rely on the vaccination programme’s continued success.

How This Will Support Bookmakers

It has been a challenging year for sports bookmakers. Large betting groups have been able to use online casinos sites to support the industry, while sports betting remains limited. Some brands have even used the time to expand their online services and reach.

There are, however, other bookmakers that do not operate online casinos and rely on sports betting alone. They’ve had to find different ways to stay operational, such as enabling eSports betting where punters can bet on the outcome of video game matches. Fortunately, it won’t be long before they can recover their market and expand back into sports stadiums.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Image Credits: Twitter

Solskjaer Happy To Repay United Faith

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy he has been able to repay the club’s faith in him, with the Red Devils now firmly in the title race.

After a tricky start to the season, United’s form has turned and now they find themselves back in a once-familiar position of challenging for the Premier League crown.

Solskjaer sees off competiton

The knives were already out for the Norwegian coach after just a few games of the season, with United suffering heavy defeats to both Crystal Palace and Tottenham. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Juve head coach Massimiliano Allegri were both being linked with taking over in the hot seat at Old Trafford, as the media speculated Solskjaer’s position.

However, a 3-1 win at Everton back in November sparked a transformation in United, who are now 7/1 in the football betting from Space Casino to win the Premier League title this season. The former Molde and Cardiff City boss has earned plenty of plaudits from turning things around at Old Trafford, and the club’s hierarchy should also be praised for sticking with him.

Solskjaer has spoken of the “strong backing” he has received at Old Trafford this season from the people in power at the club and has said he hopes he has “proved I can help the club going forwards”.

Work still to do at United

While United are striving to be in the Premier League title race come the business end of the season, there are still things to improve upon at Old Trafford. Crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages came as a major disappointment for the club, especially with United starting their European campaign so positively.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba. Image Credits: Twitter

Making sure the Red Devils are back in Europe’s premier competition next season will be priority number one for Solskjaer, then trying to improve the squad to ensure they reach the knockout stages next term.

Meanwhile, in the Premier League, it would be hard to argue the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City are still the two sides to beat this season. United are starting to bridge the gap but significant strides must be made to compete with the Reds and the Citizens.

Financial backing key for Solskjaer

United are unlikely to do big business in the January transfer window, but next summer provides a real opportunity to add to the quality of the squad at Old Trafford. Big decisions will need to be made regarding current personnel at the club, with Paul Pogba’s future at the heart of the debate. Solskjaer appears to be getting more out of the French international since his return from injury, but still the midfielder is linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

Much will depend on how the second half of the season goes for the Red Devils with regards to summer backing in the transfer market, but Solskjaer has already shown the quality and resilience needed to compete as a Premier League manager.

 

IPL 2021
IPL 2021. Image Credits: Twitter

Is The IPL A Help Or A Hindrance To English Cricket?

In cricket fans’ eyes, the Indian Premier League is one of the most highly-anticipated events on the calendar. However, following their recent Test series defeat to India, England’s management of player schedules has come under fire. Nowadays, domestic cricket has become a must-play variant, with the IPL being more lucrative than any other cricket tournament. So, let’s consider whether the competition is helping or hindering English cricket.

The Benefits Are There for all to See

In 2009, Kevin Pietersen’s desire to play in the IPL began a decade-long debate regarding English involvement in the T20 tournament. At the time, the England and Wales Cricket Board failed to handle the situation appropriately, and such an issue remains today. From a financial standpoint, few can blame the modern cricketer for wanting to experience the fast-paced, all-action competition. Along with competing against the best players in the world, those selected also earn well-paid contracts. Jonny Bairstow’s deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad will make him around £220,000. Because of the money on offer, the 31-year-old says it’s “hard” to turn down such opportunities, as per Times of India.

From a collective standpoint, meanwhile, the IPL has already seemingly served England well. In recent years, increasing numbers of English players have signed with Indian franchises, and the country’s limited-overs improvement has been there for all to see. Following the IPL’s introduction, England have won one T20 World Cup and finished runners-up in 2016. Crucially, because this year’s World Cup takes place in India, Jos Buttler believes that Chris Silverwood’s team will find the 2021 IPL “hugely beneficial” ahead of the international tournament.

IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

As of March 10th, the odds when betting on sports at Royal Panda reflect Buttler’s pro-IPL beliefs. Currently, England are the second-favourites to win the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021, being priced at +350 to lift the trophy for a second time. Not only that, but the Taunton-born player’s IPL team, Rajasthan Royals, are +900 to win this year’s franchise-oriented competition.

Geoffrey Boycott Hasn’t Been Too Kind to English Players

Currently, English cricket is in something of a lose-lose situation. If they don’t adopt a rest and rotation policy, they risk injuries that will ultimately hinder their T20 World Cup and Ashes chances. However, by continually altering their team for fitness reasons, they’re regularly unable to field their best side. In light of the tough predicament that the ECB finds itself in, one of England’s most successful opening batsman of all time, Geoffrey Boycott, states that those prioritizing the IPL over the international side should be fined, according to India TV News.

Interestingly, England’s former captain, Nasser Hussain, believes that a change of mentality is in order. To appropriately manage the schedule, the 52-year-old says players have to “take ownership” of big decisions. These include judging whether or not to play two IPL competitions in less than six months. For financial reasons, it’s impossible to begrudge English players competing in the Indian Premier League. However, the current rotation method compromises the Test team, which doesn’t bode well with the 2021-22 Ashes on the horizon. That said, this issue began with Pietersen in 2009, and the fact that there’s still no resolution speaks volumes about a lack of a beneficial solution.

Only Time Will Tell

If England are the ICC World Cup Winners and holders of the Ashes this time next year, few could argue against the fact that the ongoing selection policy has been successful. However, that hinges on a lot of factors going in Silverwood’s team’s favour. Ultimately, if past results show anything, it’s that the IPL’s introduction has undoubtedly coincided with England’s upturn in the form within limited-overs formats.

 

Is Fantasy Sports a Type of Gambling?
Is Fantasy Sports a Type of Gambling?

Strategies to Choose Right Players for your Fantasy Cricket Match

It is hardly surprising that India is nuts over cricket. That simple yet versatile bat and ball sport which has its origins in England have a fan following in India like no other country. There is very little that has not been said or written about the sport and its impact on Indians over the decades. If you are an Indian or are a resident of the country, chances are you are a cricket aficionado yourself, or your family and extended social circle have a fair number of them.

 

So enamoured are Indians with the sport that they regard it is nothing less than a religion it itself, and cricketers are hailed as nothing short of idols. Cricket is played by the general populace with as much enthusiasm as it is watched on TV or at a stadium. ‘Gully cricket’, which is otherwise known as street cricket or backyard cricket, is a style of play in itself. Cricket, being a game that is not just easy to play, but one that is versatile to the point that it can be played just about anywhere – even within a small amount of space in the bylanes of Indian cities, makes it the most popular sport in India.

 

It is well known that India boasts of a robust infrastructure for people to hone their skills and get better at cricket, and this has resulted in the emergence of many world-class players who have gone on to make the country proud in numerous international tournaments over the years.

 

Now, thanks to the rapid growth in internet services across India, more and more people are following the sport as well as keeping themselves updated on all the latest cricket news on their mobile devices. Another relatively recent byproduct of this trend is the growth of fantasy cricket.

 

Fantasy cricket belongs to the increasingly popular genre of gaming known as fantasy sports. This format of the game is very simple. It is essentially just an online virtual version of the sport that is played through a mobile app, such as mpl.live. Fantasy cricket is all about creating a virtual cricket team that is composed of real players for an upcoming match. Users are able to earn points on the basis of how these selected cricketers perform on the day of the actual match.

 

Playing fantasy cricket is extremely easy and straightforward. All you need to do is download a fantasy cricket app, select an upcoming cricket game and make your very own virtual team with 11 players of your choice. After which, you need to deposit some money and join a contest, and track the contest leaderboard to see how the players you selected are playing once the real world game begins.

 

But, at this juncture, let it be said that fantasy cricket is not just any random game, and nor is it just a game of chance. As observed in The Economic Times, fantasy cricket is a game of skill and being good at the game requires intelligence as well as a thorough knowledge of the sport. In this blog, we share with you our strategies on how you can choose the right players and get the most out of your fantasy cricket match.

 

Don’t fight every battle

Tempting as it may seem in pretty much every game of skill or chance, it may be wiser to avoid participating in every single game or tournament. This is especially true in the case of fantasy cricket as money is involved. We recommend that you carefully select your games so as to minimise your losses. Very often, users who do not have sufficient knowledge about specific players or their records select them, only to end up losing a lot of money once the game is actually played. People tend to go all-in in the expectation of winning big, but even the slightest misjudgement can be significantly damaging.

Select the best players

As much as we tend to idolise and revere the cricketers who are special to us, favouritism is more often than not likely to bring you less than optimal results. We advise you to choose the top players and not just the ‘big names’ for your fantasy cricket team. Compose your team with the best in the game and not just the ones you love. Do keep in mind that while you form your perfect cricket team, it is advisable to have a higher proportion of all-rounders in your squad as this increases the chances of your team winning as these players will win you both batting and bowling points.

Analyse players’ recent performance

One of the most important aspects of playing fantasy cricket is keeping a track of how players have been performing. Even though the old saying goes, “form is temporary, the class is permanent”, in fantasy cricket, a form is of great importance because a cricketer’s performance can be predicted more accurately on the basis of their recent games and not on career records or a popular image. How your selected players perform on an actual day will determine how many points you earn, so the player form can make or break your game.

Select top-order batsmen

It is often seen in limited-overs games, such as T20 matches, it is the top-order batsmen who play the most number of balls. What this means for you is, these are the players who will help you win the maximum points in the game. Therefore, select top-order batsmen who are in good form while creating your team to maximise your chances of winning.

Take extra care when selecting a captain and vice-captain

It may not seem that obvious, but the choices you make for your captain and vice-captain are more crucial than you think. In fantasy cricket, your choice for captain and vice-captain could well make the difference between winning big and going home. This is because in fantasy cricket the captain gets 2 times the points that regular players get and the vice-captain gets 1.5 times the points that regular players get. A carefully considered selection of captain and vice-captain will give you the edge over your rivals.

Choose players based on weather and pitch conditions

The weather of the location where a match is being held as well as pitch conditions are important factors that affect a player’s performance. For example, some players perform well on a normal day with hardly any wind, while other cricketers can play well even on a windy day. It is important to do adequate research on players and what weather suits them.

 

With these tips in mind, you can create the team of your dreams that helps push you up the fantasy cricket leaderboard. Doing your homework and being prepared will pay off handsomely in this beautiful online game!

 

 

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AB de Villiers Announced as Last Man Stands Global Ambassador

Last Man Stands is delighted to announce that AB de Villiers has agreed to become our first-ever Ambassador.

Recognised as one of the most innovative and enterprising batsmen of the modern game, AB de Villiers has been named ICC ODI Player of the Year three times during his illustrious international career, captained for his country in all three formats of the game and has become one of the most successful and popular batsmen in the Indian Premier League, where he plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Known as Mr 360 for his unique ability to play shots all around the wicket, he has redefined the art of batting and consistently entertained crowds around the world.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

 

Last Man Stands Co-founder, Wayne Greve said “AB de Villiers has dominated the modern game of cricket with his innovative craftsmanship, exciting all those in the LMS global community for years. His courage and creativity, his sportsmanship and his humility embody the Last Man Stands ethos, making him an ideal figurehead for our organisation.  An admired advocate for cricket in today’s world.

We are thrilled AB shares our passion for developing our grassroots format which we plan to extend even further globally. We both believe in contributing to the shape of future cricket and to interconnecting global communities. LMS is, fundamentally, a grassroots focused concept but the stature of an ambassador like AB inspires players of all abilities, to participate and to aspire to develop their game.  2021, with the partnership of AB, following a tough year for all sporting organisations, promises to be very exciting!”

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

AB de Villiers said “I am delighted to be the first global ambassador to work with Last Man Stands. I have watched their innovative format grow globally at the grassroots over the years and have friends back home who enjoy playing in local LMS leagues. It has kept a lot of players in the game when they feared they would have to give it up due to a lack of time.  We share the same desire to keep people playing and involved in cricket, and the tech advances these guys are making to connect other players around the world with global rankings and game TV highlights is fantastic. It’s great to be involved.”

Watch AB de Villiers for the Last Man Stands video via the link below (available to view from 5th March 2021 09.30 GMT): https://youtu.be/2TMogJq7sFY

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What are the IPL 2021 Odds?

The next IPL cricket season will soon in the next few months, and the excitement of it is already in the air. IPL is said to be one of the biggest yet most expensive cricket games that one can experience. It involves lots of money, big players and a lot of fun.

Also, whenever IPL happens, it also brings up IPL betting and gives us the chance to make money. So in case if you are planning to participate in the IPL 2021 betting using sites like Parimatch then it is highly important to know about the IPL odds.

By having a better idea about the IPL odds, you will get to bet better in the IPL 2021 cricket. So let me just go ahead and talk about IPL odds in details:

The Favorites

There are many favourites who are going to play the IPL 2021 cricket. The first and definitely the most favourite team is Mumbai Indians, who were the previous season’s champions. Along with that, teams like Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore also seem to be crowd favourites.

Mumbai Indians – Odds: 5.00

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians. Image Credits: Twitter

As you already know that Mumbai Indians won the last season of IPL cricket. Also, the team has managed to win 5 IPL tournaments throughout the years.

Players like Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton De Kock and Ishaan Kishan did score amazing runs. Also, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah were unstoppable when it came to taking wickets. Hence, this team has a lot of good potentials and it is an ideal pick for IPL 2021 betting.

Delhi Capitals – Odds: 5.50

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. Image Credits: Twitter

As of now, Delhi Capitals did not win any of the IPL trophies. But they definitely got close to the trophy in the last season. They were the second team, and that means the team is pretty desperate for the Trophy in IPL 2021.

Moreover, the team has also got good players like Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, who will be leading the team. Rabada had been the top name in 2020 in the wicket-takers list.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Odds: 6.00

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image Credits: Twitter

Royal Challengers Bangalore is also one of the top teams and the crowd’s favourite. Also, they were the underachievers in the previous IPL season.

During the last season, they failed to get past the payoffs. Also, experts say that the team has a consistency issue in them. As they do not have big names playing for them.

Although capable captain Virat Kohli is leading the team, hence it can be expected that RCB can stand strong if they can reignite their consistency.

Chennai Super Kings – Odds: 7.00

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. Image Credits: Twitter

There is no doubt that CSK is a favourite team of many in the upcoming IPL 2021 cricket. CSK is a team that has a pretty good history of winning IPL trophies. They got the prizes in 2010, 2011, and also in 2018.

Although, Dhoni, the captain of CSK, has retired from all forms of cricket. But it is said that he will be playing the upcoming IPL season. So it will be interesting to see how Dhoni will stand tall and what performance he is going to deliver.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Odds: 7.00

SunRisers Hyderabad
SunRisers Hyderabad. Image Credits: Twitter

Sunrisers are known as the team that won their maiden season with the IPL trophy. Also, Warner is the top runner in all of the history of IPL. So if you do look at the team, you will find that the team has Rashid Khan, who is the top bowler in T20. Along with Warner as a batsman. So it can be expected that they will perform great in the upcoming IPL season.

Kolkata Knight Riders – Odds: 7.50

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter

Over the years, KKR has only won two IPL trophies. But it’s been so long since the team has achieved the wins. However, during the last season, they had a painful journey. They lost out on the payoffs. But KKR might be a strong team this year.

They did make a couple of changes in their team structure. Also, it is said that Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill are two of the famous names who can lead the team forward.

Kings XI Punjab – Odds: 10.00

Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab. Image Credits: Twitter

Kings XI Punjab is one of the unfortunate names that failed to make a mark throughout IPL history. The team never won the title of IP or any bookies. Hence, usually, people do not really have high hopes in them.

Although, KL Rahul from the team happens to be the leader in runs during the last season. But still, KXIP remained their inability to take wickets.

However, we do hope that the team bounces back and delivers a great performance in the upcoming IPL season.

Final Words:

So that was all about the IPL odds. I hope this info will surely be helpful in IPL 2021 betting. In case if you have anything to ask, then do feel free to drop a comment below

Sunil Gavaskar, Hardik Pandya, India vs New Zealand 2019
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Sunil Gavaskar Hails Team India For Their Inspiring Show in Australia

Batting star Sunil Gavaskar happy with the Indian side’s resolve, fortitude, and spirit displayed during the ongoing 4-Test match series.

The former cricket star who earned his legendary status following unmatched batting prowess hailed the Indian cricket side led by Ajinkya Rahane for their inspirational displays despite Adelaide’s heartbreak. He highlighted team India’s “mental strength and courage” throughout the 4-Test series as the main driving force behind their exploits.

Gavaskar believes that what India achieved in Australia was enough to put belief among the team and that fans will be proud of their team no matter what happens in the coming engagements. He was also adamant that Australians will not forget the challenge given by their visitors over the summer.

Fans will be watching how events unfold in the upcoming Test series and can win huge amounts with cricket betting on Betway.

Team India will do all it takes to retain the prestigious Border-Gavaskar series trophy, named after the legendary pair of Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border. However, the team is currently deflated after a number of dependable players were forced out due to injuries.

Sunil Gavaskar Hails Team India for their Inspiring Show in Australia

“It doesn’t matter what happens here at the Gabba over these final two days,” said  Sunil Gavaskar. “We Indians can and will be truly proud of our cricketers. I have led Indian teams on tours in Australia and no firsthand how challenging it can be. But what we have witnessed in the series is something extraordinary.”

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Gavaskar was speaking to 7Cricket after the 3rd Test series match that saw India lose to Australia. Fans of cricket can wager on the next Test series match with Betway that gives you a chance to bet on all the cricket action from all parts of the world.

“The tour has tested India not just physically but mentally as well. They have been living in a bio-bubble since their arrival from the UAE in November last year after spending nearly 3 months in a bio-secure environment at the IPL 2020. The resolve, fortitude and spirit displayed by these players has been inspiring. Most have been away from home and in the horrid team for over five months. They have been routed in the most crushing way and with the world watching.” added Sunil Gavaskar.

Gavaskar is well aware of how badly the squad is ravaged by injuries and applauds every member’s efforts for their character coming from rather difficult situations.

“They have seen friends battered and broken. They have been tested for their mental and cricketing limits at every turn, every minute. And even under that most intense train, they have never stopped fighting. And they may still somehow manage to take the trophy home.” The batting great further said. gives you a chance to bet on all the cricket action from all parts of the world.

Sunil Gavaskar. Indian Cricketers Association, India vs New Zealand 2019, India
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Sunil Gavaskar also had a word for Australians, who over the years have given India a real challenge in cricket.

“A trophy that was named to honour me and the great Allan Border. A captain who embodied everything we have seen in this series – mental toughness and skill. I know you Australians respect that most of all in yourself and your opponents. And I know you will always remember what these Indians have achieved this summer.” remarked Sunil Gavaskar.