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The Covid-19 pandemic has ensured that everything we love has been kept on hold or taken away from us. After a period of things seeming to get back to normal, another wave of the virus devastated the nation, and IPL 2021 was the casualty. As a result, we are left with no cricketing action for a good while. Sure, a lot of exciting action is coming up, and if you’re a genuine lover of the game, you’d be looking forward to the ENG vs. NZ test series as well.

But if you’re like me and you like me and use video games to cope with what real life fails to offer, you’d enjoy a good cricket game! I, for once, have grown up playing whatever cricket game was available to me as a kid and emulate what was happening in real cricket in the world.

When it comes to sports video games, cricket might not stand in league with football games, or wrestling games, or even basketball games, for that matter. But it’s my curse that I love only the sport of cricket! Thankfully, you can play some fun as a pass time or devote hours playing a proper test match on your favorite device. So let’s take a look at some of the best cricket games out there!

Real Cricket 20

Developer : Nautilus

Platform : Mobile (Android and iOS)

This game is available on android and IOS. When it comes to the touch screen mobile platform, it cannot get any better than this. This game has the best faces, teams, and cricket-playing options. Nautilus mobile has gone all out on making this gaming experience as close to home as possible. It even has counterfeit IPL team names, with identical realistic jerseys. It is, in fact, very clever how they have avoided any copyright or licensing deals with any cricket boards.

One fun detail is the batting styles and bowling actions, some of which you can recognize instantly (like Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, etc.). The attention to detail in some aspects of this game is commendable and much appreciated by the cricket fans who spend both time and money. This game is free to download on Google Play and Apple Store.

EA Cricket 07 and Patches

Developer : EA Sports

Platform : Low Spec Windows PC

If you were a cricket-loving kid growing up in the 2000s, you are much too familiar with S. Tendehar, S. Gungly, and R. Dravia. Cricket 07 by EA Games is one for the nostalgia. Regardless of how old school this game is, the songs, the ashes scenarios, all of it was freaking awesome at the time. Gameplay-wise, this game was a little behind on what’s available today. Basically, if you figured out the timing, you could hit sixes off every ball and take wickets on every ball as well. 

The developers backed off from this game franchise, and neither developed it further or made a new game after that. But the cult following community of this game kept it alive year after year! Every year, you will find a patch that you can download and install that will give you updated teams (both international and franchise) with the best faces and bats. An excellent entertaining game for you to pass your time, but if you’re looking to play a challenging cricket game on your PC, the following recommendation might be for you!

Cricket 19

Developer : Big Ant Studios

Platforms : Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Big Ant Studios has been the only developer who hasn’t given up on cricket games yet. Their franchise of Don Bradman Cricket was an excellent refreshing game, giving you many options to feel the intensity of an actual game. Then they slowly ventured into the Ashes Cricket franchise. Cricket 19 is the successor of the last Ashes branded game, Ashes 17.

This game is tremendous when it comes to photo-realistic graphics of Australian and English cricketers. The community has also worked tirelessly to create entire international and franchise teams with updated rosters and very identical faces that you can download for free! It also features batting styles and bowling actions that cover the likeness of a lot of superstar players. For example, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell have tracked their batting styles, and Pat Cummins has tracked his bowling action in a motion-tracking suit.

The gameplay is as good as it gets too. There is advanced control over everything from the intent of the shot to the timing, placement, and footwork. If you fancy yourself as an expert of the game and mimic actual split-second decisions and mental capacity required to win a cricket match, this is the game for you. If you don’t, you can also ease the game up to fit your skillset.

I hope this gets you excited to play a few games yourself! I recently got myself a new gaming controller and have been playing Cricket 19 non-stop. If you’re anything like me, you will enjoy these games as well!

By Divyanshu Gupta

Writer | Cricket Enthusiast | Musician| Welcome to my mind! I relate most regular hardships with Test Cricket. The irregular ones, I write about in my Death Metal band KillKount. You're welcome to stay! @mickount

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