By now everyone must have seen an ad where a famous cricketer appears on your screen and promotes a fantasy app. While fantasy apps and fantasy cricket have been on the rise, many people still don’t know what fantasy cricket and fantasy app are. Fantasy cricket is a part of the fantasy sports genre. It is an online game in which a virtual team of real cricket players is created and points are scored depending on how those players perform in real-life matches. To win a tournament, players must work towards attaining the maximum points and the highest rank on the leaderboard.


A fantasy cricket match is based on batting and bowling orders, which are the most debated part of cricketing strategy. A small change in the order can change the course of the game. The concept involves selecting a team of 11 players and 3 substitutes from the pool of players who play the match. There are no budget caps and player selection is not limited to a particular number of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders although in some fantasy applications you can only create team according to their prerequisite patterns. An example of their given pattern could be 5 batsman, 1 wicket-keeper, 2 all-rounders, 3 bowlers. A fantasy team can have any type of players. The main aim in a fantasy cricket match is to outscore the opposition by as large of a margin as possible. Fantasy cricket matches can be played in all three international forms: One Day International, Twenty20 and Test Cricket. The limited over matches, namely the One Day Internationals and Twenty20s, are played in two formats – daily games and rounds. The demand for esports is expected to rise rapidly, and the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) estimates that over 100 million gamers will be into playing fantasy sports by 2020. Moreover, in the year 2019, Dream11 became India’s first gaming unicorn, giving a positive indication of the rise of other esports unicorns in the country. With platforms like the Mobile Premier League game, enthralling millions of gamers every day, the future seems to witness a surge in India’s gaming unicorns.

There are a lot of fantasy apps which are loved by cricket fans. These apps are used during various cricket matches as well. Dream11 is one of the most popular fantasy cricket apps, which gained popularity for sponsoring the title of IPL 2020. The app has the largest user base in India and offers an enhanced user interface and big prize pools. Dream11 is followed by My11 Circle is also an equally popular fantasy cricket app. It offers many large prize pools that attract gamers and a clean and enjoyable user interface. MyCricle 11 has more than one-crore winners so far. MPL of Mobile Premier League is another quite popular fantasy cricket gaming app. Designed and developed from the Bangalore-based Galactus Funware, MPL has attracted thousands of players. MPL is also a fun-filled IPL T20 fantasy cricket platform to enjoy this IPL 2020 season.

By Arvind Krishnan

Cricket writer, statistician and analyst. An unorthodox media student, marketing runs in his blood. Sports Marketer and analyst.