Ashish KoshyFeb 12, 2011 16:19:42 IST
India has been called a cricket-crazy nation, something which many of us proudly adhere to. The World Cup is less than a week from now and it looks like the Men in Blue are hungry again. It’s time for all Android and iPhone users to get their hands on some free cricket apps and be up and ready for the World Cup.
Although we thought of cross-platform apps, the fact is that Cricket doesn’t have that kind of global reception, something which football does. So we’ll list these apps separately for iPhone and Android. But hey, the apps are free for both!
Let’s start with Cricket apps for the iPhone:
Quite often we are left stranded in the middle of nowhere, searching for a World Cup schedule. Then starts the frantic search through newspapers, TV channels and last but not the least, Google. Instead, you can try this app and get the whole World Cup 2011 schedule on your iPhone. Added goodies include information on team squads from every participating country and there’s also a quick summary about every player.
War of the crickets?
There’re also updates to what all is happening in the World Cup through tweets and videos. Plus, if there’s something you want to share with your friends, you can do so with the Twitter option in the app. Download this free app from here.
Cricket Facts 2011
Is Shoaib Akhtar the world’s fastest bowler or is it Shaun Tait? Not a very tough one now, but there are so many of them that we always forget. Almost every cricket brain within us wants to know who scored the fastest century in a ODI or who took the most catches in 50 overs.
Flip through your cricket magazine
Plus these facts are not restricted to cricket matches of yore. You’ll also find the latest stuff and facts will be updated time to time. Check this app over here.
Don’t spend anxious moments traveling and wondering whether Sachin Tendulkar scored a century or not. Rather download Cricinfo’s official ESPNcricinfo app for the iPhone. This app includes live match coverage with commentary, scorecard, photos, reports and more.
So you can keep a close watch
You can read-up on opinionated pieces by various cricket writers, of course that’s when you’re detoxifying from the world cup frenzy. You can also personalize the interface with your favorite team. Plus there are push notifications and the app has a lean back mode where it runs in the background, giving you ball-by-ball notifications.
Cricket Wallpaper 2011 for iPhone
A must have for all cricket fans who like seeing their favorite cricketers in front of their eyes most of the time. Wait, there are also cricket instruments like bats, balls and then some more with wallpapers of various cricket stadiums as well.
Your guide to the World Cup
There are options to zoom in/out of a picture and you can also assign special wallpapers as contact images for family and friends. So go ahead, try out this application.
Touch Cricket Lite
After all those statistics, trivia, news, gossip and finally the match, you are bound to get tired! Why not rejuvenate with a nice interesting cricket game? It’s not one of those run-of-the-mill cricket games, the best part is you always get to do what you want, batting!
Does it puzzle you?
The game involves hitting various deliveries that are being tossed at you. Keep piling on the runs and on the flipside you miss any one of them, you’re out and you’ll have to start all over again. There are various match scenarios to choose from and your feats are also recorded in the game. Try it.
Now that we’ve listed five cricket apps for iPhone users, let’s move onto the open platform, in other words Android smartphones. Just like the above, all these apps are free as well.
The second half of this app’s name will give you a slight hint of what it’s supposed to be. If you still did not get it, CricketZine is a magazine for cricket where you’ll get news on various events happening inside the pavilion.
Wallpapers to adorn your iPhone
You can also check out scores of recent matches and read tweets from cricketers, whether they faked injuries or swore at their rivals, etc. A nice feature app to keep you updated behind the scenes, here’s the download link.
World Cup 2011
Our Android users shouldn’t be left out in the lurch of events and timings of matches now, should they? World Cup 2011 to Android is like CricketWC2011 for the iPhone. You can get the whole schedule and fixtures of your favorite team.
Touch and go, cricket style
You’ll also know where your team ranks in the group standings plus you’ll get information on the stadium and location where your favorite matches are taking place. You can download this handy app form this link.
This is one of those Cricket Manager type of games where you manage a cricket team. The twist over here is you can make your team and bring your friends to the pitch to get bragging rights.
Get your cricket facts right...
It’s pretty simple really. All you have to do is create your team, make sure you use your players wisely for the fact that they don’t lose stamina, strength or health but rather gain points and become the best team. This version lets you start off with 20 free respect points, you can build up after that. Click here to download Cricket Wars.
You definitely want to keep your eyes and ears open to all the updates happening on the field as well as off it. This app has updates for the world cup, cricket news headlines and notification feature that keeps you updated.
Time for some official information
Cricket Watch also has a live scorecard and if you think there’s something worth sharing with your friends, the app has a feature that will let you do so.
If you really follow cricket so much, you must be knowing quite a bit about the game. Okay if not all, what about a little bit? You can try out this quiz to check how much you know about the game that you love to follow.
Plan out your WC day
There might be chances of you getting answers wrong, but there’s always some knowledge to take away. Tax your brains and check out the app.
There you are, we have five apps for both Apple and Android smartphones. All you have to do is download these free apps and you are all set for the world cup! Let’s hope we get to see the best of action and may the best team win the trophy!
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