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By Abhishek Roy
It all began when the British introduced cricket to India. It is the national sport in its country of origin but has seemingly taken on the role in spirit, if not in a letter in India. Despite hockey being India's national sport, cricket is so profoundly intertwined in India's culture that it has the power to bring more than a billion people together in unity. For most Indians, cricket is not just a sport but a religion in itself. Cricketers are hailed as idols who put on spectacular displays of cricketing prowess and bring home trophies and prestige, making the entire country proud on the world stage.
Arguably, one of the most striking features of cricket is its versatility and sheer ease of play. There are numerous reasons that can be attributed to the tremendous popularity of the sport in India, with its ease and versatility being one of the strongest contributors to its mass appeal. This has led to the development of 'gully cricket,' which is a style of play on its own. Also known as street cricket or backyard cricket, this format of the game can be played practically anywhere and is greatly enjoyed in the narrow and often congested bylanes of Indian cities. All you need is a small amount of space, a bat and ball, some willing participants, and you're good to go!
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It would not be an overstatement to say that Indian cricket fans are scholars of the sport in their own right. Nowadays, due to the wide availability of high-speed internet service, even in deep rural areas of the country and the relatively recent technology boom, more and more people are consuming cricket-related content in various formats on their phones. There are many websites and mobile apps that are solely dedicated to cricket. Through these platforms, cricket fans get the latest news from the world of cricket and keep themselves updated with every latest development regarding their favorite sport.
One of the more recent – and highly noticeable – trends of this tech boom in India is the rise of fantasy sports, chiefly fantasy cricket, as observed by this Hindustan Times article. Fantasy cricket, as its name implies, belongs to the genre of gaming known as fantasy sports. Fantasy cricket is essentially an online, virtual version of cricket played on mobile phones and tablets where users get to create their cricket teams composed of real-life cricketers.
So, here is how fantasy cricket works: first, you need to download the fantasy cricket app. Once you have installed the app, you need to select an upcoming cricket match and create your own virtual cricket team with 11 players of your choice. Having made your team, you need to join a contest and then track these players' performance on the day the actual game is played. You will earn points based on how these players play on the actual match day.
Fantasy cricket is immensely popular because it is easy to play and gives players a feeling of involvement as they can create and modify their teams. As a result of the popularity of fantasy cricket, there are now lucrative earning opportunities for users. Fantasy cricket provides users with a platform to put their cricketing knowledge to the ultimate test while providing a source of income generation in the process. What are you waiting for? Download MPL and play fantasy cricket to win rewards galore.
In this blog, we share our tips on how you can maximize your earnings from T20 fantasy cricket matches.
1. Familiarise yourself with fantasy cricket apps and their scoring systems
Today, if you go to Google Playstore or Apple's App Store, you will notice there are several fantasy cricket apps to choose from. It is essential to keep in mind that not all of these apps have the same point scoring system. For some apps, batting points, such as runs, are given more weightage, while on others, more weightage is given to bowling points, such as wickets. There is a balanced point scoring system on some apps that provides equal weightage for batting, bowling, and fielding. Some even have a different scoring system based on the format of cricket being played, so you will be scored differently for Test, T20, and One Day International matches.
2. Pick your battles
Many new fantasy cricket players fall prey to the pitfall of joining every tournament and playing every match. This is highly risky for those without sufficient knowledge of the game or players since they stand to lose a lot of money. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you carefully select your games to keep your financial losses to a minimum. Spread your investments over different games rather than going all-in on one game, as even the slightest misjudgment can make you lose a lot of money.
3. Choose only the best players
We are all prone to choosing our favorites. More often than not, it will be only too tempting to pick your favorite cricketers or your World Cup heroes for your fantasy cricket team, but it should be emphasized that favoritism in fantasy cricket is likely to bring you less than optimal results. Therefore, it is advisable to select the best players and not just the 'big names' for your fantasy cricket team.
4. Monitor recent player performance
It is often said that form is temporary but class is permanent. No other game is a bigger exception to this than fantasy cricket. This is because the points you earn (and therefore, the money you win) depend entirely on how a player performs on the actual match day. Past records or a popular image have little bearing on how much you earn. Instead, keep a check on how your chosen players have been performing in recent matches, as this will be a more accurate indicator of how they are likely to perform.
5. Analyze pitch and weather conditions
Two of the most important external factors that influence a match are the local weather and the conditions of the cricket pitch at the location of play. These factors directly affect player performance, so keep yourself updated on weather reports, do your research regarding playing locations, and select players accordingly. Some players perform well on clear days with no wind, while others can put on a fantastic show even on windy days.
6. Select your captain and vice-captain wisely
In fantasy cricket, the captain and vice-captain earn 2 times and 1.5 times the points that normal cricketers earn. This is why the selections you make regarding these two players can make or break a game. Choose your captain and vice-captain wisely only after careful consideration of their strengths and weaknesses, as this can make all the difference between winning big and going home.
With these handy and practical tips in mind, you are now better equipped to play IPL T20 fantasy league cricket. Have fun, and play responsibly!
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Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself." Earlier this month, the world's largest producer of ketchup announced the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet, CNN reported.
"Do not click 'purchase' unless you are prepared to change everything about the way you sauce," the Heinz Packet Roller website says. The roller goes for $5.70. The roller is pocket-sized, can be added to a keychain, and features a packet corner cutter.
Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself | Flickr
This announcement could be part of the fast-tracked, "future-focused culinary and packaging innovations" that Steve Cornell, president of Kraft Heinz's US grocery business unit, hinted at earlier this year amid a shortage of ketchup. A surge in takeout and delivery food orders during the pandemic led to a scarcity of ketchup packets, the report said.
In April, Heinz pledged to increase production of ketchup by 25 per cent to 12 billion packets annually. "Gone are the days of fumbling with ketchup packets, pants ruined by mustard disasters, and minutes taken off your life trying to get to the bottom of that mayo packet. With the patent-pending Heinz Packet Roller, what was once taxing becomes simple -- just snip and roll to squeeze out every drop of your sauce of choice," the website says
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Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer, who is recovering from a right-knee surgery he underwent last month, said on Sunday that it was a difficult process to decide whether to undergo a third right-knee surgery after having two last year. But following Wimbledon, where he was "really unhappy" with his performance in reaching the quarterfinals, Federer opted to go through with it.
Federer, who made a late decision to attend this year's Laver Cup in Boston -- a tournament held between teams from Europe and the rest of the world -- said on the sidelines of the event that the recovery and rehabilitation are "going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year". "The reception I've received, everybody is so upbeat that I'm here. They wish me all the best and they don't even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend," Federer said in an interview for the event with former world No. 1 Jim Courier.
"I've seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it's been wonderful. I'm really happy I made the trip," the winner of 20 majors was quoted as saying by atptour.com. On why he opted for a third surgery, the tennis ace said, "I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I've just got to take it step by step," Federer said.
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. | Wikimedia Commons
"I've got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I've got to be back on the tennis court. But it's going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year. "I've got to take my time. I don't want to rush into anything at this point. This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There's no rush with anything, so I'm actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I took the time and, I don't know, I'm just really in a good place. I'm really happy."
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. The former world No. 1 has played in the first three editions of the Laver Cup. "I think Boston is a great city. The stadium is wonderful, the crowds have been incredible. Both teams are stacked with absolute quality and top players," Federer said. "That's what the idea was behind it: that everybody could come together, have the most incredible weekend, learn from one another and then hopefully that's going to inspire them, motivate them and get them going for the rest of this year, next year." (IANS/ MBI)
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By Hitesh Rathi
Cleopatra, was regarded as a great beauty, to preserve her skin, she took her daily bath in donkey milk. Besides, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed donkey milk for various diseases including fever, wounds, etc. To add to these benefits, donkey milk has four times the amount of Vitamin C than cow's milk has. So, it's no secret that donkey milk is a powerhouse of nutrients for both the skin and body.
Used for Anti-Ageing and Healing
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties. These fatty acids blur the wrinkles on the skin and help to regenerate damaged skin. Plus, donkey milk also contains anti-bacterial properties which are effective in healing skin irritation and redness.
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties.| Flickr
Antioxidant and Nutrient-Rich
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It contains vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, Omega 3, and 6. These properties together make it a rich ingredient when it comes to skin treatment. Moreover, vitamin D is another important ingredient for human skin, and the primary source to get it is through UV exposure. At the same time, too much of that leaves an adverse effect on the skin. Here is when donkey milk acts as a great substitute as it naturally contains vitamin D. All in all, if this milk is applied frequently, it brings a glowing effect while making the skin look brighter.
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients.| Photo by Jernej Graj on Unsplash
Moisturizer and Softener
By now it's a well-known fact that this milk works as a powerful moisturizer for the skin. Besides, if donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft.
If donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft. | Photo by febri sym on Unsplash
Therefore, donkey milk with its healing, nutritional and rejuvenating properties for the skin is rapidly emerging as a key ingredient for skincare. These are also driving several leading players to roll out personal care products such as soap, cream, etc. manufactured using donkey milk. Moreover, the global donkey milk market is expanding rapidly with the market value projected to reach $68,139.0 thousand by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.4 per cent from 2021 to 2027. And the growing use of donkey milk as an ingredient in cosmetic and personal care products will significantly contribute toward the growth of this market in the years to come. (IANS/ MBI)
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