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With the World Cup set to begin today, cricket fever spreads off the field with new online games.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2011 14:01 IST
Sneha Mahale

The World Cup is finally here and you too can be a part of the cricket mania. Just play these games and cheer the Indian team your way.

This virtual trading game by iBibo lets you buy and sell shares of cricketers instead of company shares. Players can create complete portfolios of cricketers and if they perform well, you get hold of the leader board.

“This application enables cricket fans to express themselves and engage with the sport by empowering them to virtually trade their favourite cricketers,” says Rahul Razdan, president - products and operations, ibibo web. The player's performance in the live on-going match on TV determines the change in price. A player performing well will cause the share price to move upwards and a bad performance will cause the price to decrease. Play the game on

Ultimate Cricket
Titled Ultimate Cricket, this game from Games2Win is all about the experience of playing a complete game of cricket online. Right from the toss to the nail-biting final over, the attempt is to engage cricket lovers.

“You can choose to play in a tournament against other teams or play exhibition matches. Since the current generation is all about fast-paced matches, we also give players the option of choosing matches that last for 5, 10 or 20 overs,” says Farah Sayyed, creative director, The game can be played using the keyboard and mouse.

Cricket Manager
This unique game by lets players manage the Indian XI throughout the World Cup. The game states that Team India’s travel manager has gone missing and they are looking for a new manager who can take care of the team’s morale, fitness as well as fulfill all their personal and travel needs. Participants need to overcome hurdles on a daily basis and in the most cost-effective manner to stay ahead in the game. “We want our customers to experience the simplicity of booking flights and hotels in the gaming (virtual) world and at the same time enable them to be a part of the Cricket World Cup,” says Pratik Mazumder, head marketing and strategic alliance, Ithe end, the winner will be evaluated on the optimal travel and stay bookings. The winner gets a chance to travel with the Indian Cricket Team for an entire season. Play the game on

It is a chat-based card game in which you draw cards with different cricket outcomes. Players join the game by paying with virtual credits. Some cards add to the score while others cause the player to ‘get out’. There is also a third umpire card which exempts a player from becoming out the next time they draw an ‘out’ card. The player who stays in the game longest, and scores the most runs, is declared the winner.

“Through the game, the community plays, exchanges cricket mementos and discusses the game in chat rooms too,” says Mohit Gundecha, director of business development and head of India operations. The game is available