All cricket matches begin with a toss. The coin is flipped and the captains are asked to take a call. The winning captain is entitled to choose between batting and fielding first. Depending on the pitch, playing conditions and other factors, toss could even decide the outcome of a game.
The toss is equally important for your fortunes in a fantasy cricket game. Soon after the toss, the two captains disclose their respective playing elevens. Once you know who is playing and who isn’t, you can finalize your playing eleven from the available lot. Imagine picking a player who isn’t in either playing eleven. Your chances in that particular game take a nosedive.
Think of toss as a small little window to make the last-minute changes, depending on who is available and who bats or fields first. As a fantasy league, it’s wise to check the toss results well in time and, if required, make changes accordingly. A timely, clever move can help you create a winning combination for the day. Let’s consider an example for a clearer understanding.
Suppose full-strength India takes on a lowly-placed Sri Lanka. Post-toss, you have two scenarios.
Scenario 1: India Wins the Toss and Decides to Field First.
The Sri Lankans used to be a strong team but are currently struggling with form. Regardless of the playing conditions or formats, India is far superior to Lanka in all departments. Team India is likely to beat the Lankans eight out of ten times unless the islanders pull off an exceptional performance.
Pick the Right Bowlers:
Now, in all likelihood, the Indian bowlers are likely to take more wickets early on than their Lankan counterparts. It makes sense to stack your fantasy cricket team with Indian bowlers. Here, the venue also comes into play. If the match is played on a rank turner, pick two or more spinners. For a pace-friendly track, prefer at least 3 pacers and one pace all-rounder.
Pick the Right Batsmen:
Since the Lankan bowlers aren’t that menacing, the Indian top-order is expected to score most of the runs. With the score being low, chances of the middle order coming into play are slim. So, your eleven should feature Indian top three batsmen, as they have a higher scope of scoring.
Scenario 2: India Loses the Toss and is forced to Bat First.
With a strong batting line-up, India would be aiming to post a big total. So, plan your fantasy cricket game accordingly.
Pick the Right Batsmen:
Again, the top order would come into play, scoring the bulk of runs. You can consider picking both Indian openers, as they are likely to earn you big points. But someone like Hardik Pandya might be promoted up the order to accelerate the run rate. Let’s say a quick-fire fifty and two wickets from Pandya would make him a prized catch and ideal captaincy material.
Picking the Right Bowler:
Prefer a Lankan pacer who can swing the ball to do the damage early on. If you fancy two all-rounders, prefer one Lankan seaming all-rounder, besides Pandya or Jadeja. If the track favours spin, consider a Lankan spinner who can take wickets in the middle overs.