After the 3rd round of trading, Sachin Tendulkar remained the most sought
after batsmen by dreamcricket captains occupying the top spot in 7.67% of the total teams. Mark Waugh maintained
his place remaining in the 2nd spot, featuring in 5.97% of the dreamteams.
Rounding of the top 5 were Craig McMillian (5.06%), Nathan Astle (5%) & Yousuf Youhana (4.77%).
It was surprising to note that Sachin & Waugh, still maintained the top 2 spots inspite of not playing in the last fantasy match.
We expected the dreamteam captains to re-adjust their portfolio with only Kiwi and Pakistani players. With the 3rd test match between NZ-Pak being the last match of this fantasy competition,
players from other countries like Australia, England, India & Sri Lanka should have been traded away, as they wouldn't have brought any earning to the portfolio.
The players that had the best returns was by far VVS Laxman, who returned 133% to finish the tournament at $1,813.
Hayden rewarded his captains with the 2nd highest return with a whopping 108% to finish at $2,034.
Other significant contributors were Sinclair with a gain of 82%, Dravid up 66%, Youhanna (61%.) and Thorpe (54%).
Only Sinclair and Youhanna have an opportunity to increase their earnings.
On the bowling side Daryl Tuffey found a spot in the most number of
dreamteams at 8.52%. Saqlain was second with 6.19% of the captains
selecting him and Shane Warne was held by 5.57 % of the teams. Zoysa & Waqar Younis held the next two spots at 5.51% & 5.23% respectively.
Zoysa, having found himself in 5.51% of the teams, must have been a big disappointment for the captains as he brought in negative earnings, losing $20.
Other bowlers who lost values were Prasad (-2.55%) & Kulkarni (-0.92%). Obvious cash cow for the captains must have been the spin sensation Harbajan Singh,
who went on to post record earnings for the 3 test series. Singh, who was valued at $650, ended up an amazing 219% to finish at $2074. The next highest performer came in at 71.54% in Vaas.
Other bowlers who had a good season were Mushtaq adding 57.43%, Croft up 57.42 & McGrath returned 47.13%. Murali might have not
lived up to his "Blue Chip" expectations, returning only 36.92%.
Craig White was the most popular All rounder, held at 18.64% of the teams. Colin Miller held the 2nd spot at 18.52%, with
Chris Harris at 14.32%, followed by Razzaq & Steve Waugh at 13.3% & 11.36%.
Surprisingly Sanath Jayasuria, who was picked only in 3.41% of the teams, returned the most with a 53% return. Steve Waugh brought in 38.52%, while White had a good series
with a 35.61% earnings. Captain Ganguly must have been disappointed with his performance of 17% return, but will undoubtedly be very happy with the final verdict.
Mongia remained the most popular wicket keeper featuring in 25% of the teams with Adam Gilchrist following him with a 20% stake.
This was the most surprising, given that only 1 match is remaining. We expected a more weightage given to Parore, Khan or Farhat,
given that Moin Khan last minute injury.
Sangakkara was by far the best performing keeper, returning 74%, while being held only in 9.32% of the teams. Gilchrist lived upto to
his heavy price tag with a 52% return, while Stewart returned only 22% in the Lankan heat cauldron.