The ins and outs of Fantasy Cricket

The ins and outs of Fantasy Cricket


Our special guest this week is Gaurav Sundararaman, a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo, and he helps us unpack the complexities of Fantasy Cricket – where fans pick teams and compete in increasingly popular Fantasy Leagues.

Talking Points:

  • The allure of fantasy cricket and how it changes one’s perspective
  • ESPN Super Selector and the early days of fantasy cricket
  • The popularity of fantasy leagues in the T20 era
  • Picking a team and the dangers of biased selections
  • Tournament mode v daily mode
  • Rajat Bhatia, Sreenath Arvind and the value of unheralded stars
  • Chris Gayle, David Warner, ABd – the must-haves
  • Rajat Bhatia, Arvind Sreenath, Amit Mishra – the bankable players
  • The moment when Fantasy Cricket creators asked – ‘Who is Jasprit Bumrah’
  • Automated substitutions, dynamic pricing and the next steps in fantasy cricket


Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) (All ESPNcricinfo articles by Gaurav)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Ashoka (@ABVan)


Dueling with Kings – Daniel Barbarasi on Fantasy Sports –

How to boss fantasy cricket – ESPNcricinfo – Part 1, Part 2

Five important tips for Fantasy players – Joy Bhattacharjya –

A $150bn market: How fantasy sports transformed cricket fans from being spectators to stakeholders – Rohan Abraham – Economic Times

Has Fantasy Sports got the right direction in India? – Somesh Chandran –

The allure of fantasy cricket and why it should bother us – Tony Kuriehon – Newsminute

That special whistle: the phenomenon called CSK – 81allout podcast

Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution – Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde –


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