On a Good Wicket: 5 Apps to Follow Cricket When You’re on the Move
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This cricket season, having the best cricket apps with you is highly essential to stay informed of the latest updates. There are dozens of cricket apps on the play store but only a few provide up-to-date information or the most comprehensive coverage. Most apps tend to collect information from sports sites to display them to their users. The official apps from Star Sports and ESPN are the most preferred as they directly relay second-to-second updates and match highlights along with critical reviews and statistics, records and rankings.
Here are our top 5 cricket apps to follow cricket that could serve as your personal cricket companion when you’re away from your favourite game.
The official app from ESPN is perhaps the best on the play store. With instant updates about latest scores, player statistics, developing stories, exclusive content, etc. The app proves to be the only thing you will ever need this cricket season. Its distinguishing features include the ball by ball update with commentary and full coverage through photos, videos, articles, statistics, etc. from games all over the world. In-depth critical analysis of players and teams from all major cricket playing nations makes the app even more informative.
ESPN has the finest writers who critique and analyse every move made by the teams during gameplay. All these articles and including relevant statistics are available on the app. The app also comes with the ESPN audio and video podcast that helps users remain informed about latest insights and discussions on their favourite matches and players. The intuitive interface is another huge attraction with easy bookmarking feature that allow users to browse through their favourite matches and teams with relative ease.
You can download the ESPN Cricinfo app here
This is the next best option for cricket fans. The most striking feature of the app is its preferred coverage of the largest cricket events from all over the world. Recently, the app added a major section devoted to the World Cup 2015. The section carried numerous interesting features including detailed coverage of world cups from 1975 to 2011. You could browse through timelines pictures, photos, reviews and teams of each of the participating nations to find interesting information.
The app comes with numerous unique features. The push message service automatically informs you about latest updates so that you don’t miss out on the big moments and latest happenings. Unlike the cricinfo app, it provides a unified dashboard to effectively find all relevant information about a match without having to browse through pages to find what you need. Most importantly, it provides all rankings of players and teams in ODI’s, Tests and T20’s.
You can download the Cricbuzz app here
Although not as good as the apps above, this app from Yahoo is also packed with features that most cricket fans would love to have. It provides a clean interface with focus on one instance at a time. Therefore, you can only focus on one match, team or player on your screen. To get more, you’ll have to browse through the app. It also provides real time updates but the updates are fetched from other sources. Therefore most often, the updates are delayed. The photo galleries are often the best curated on the web and are therefore a delight. All information is gathered from dozens of websites and presented in a unified form in a single interface.
You can download the app from Yahoo or from the Play Store
The official Star Sports app is a worthy competitor but only when Star Sports has exclusive rights to cricket matches. Along with cricket, it also provides latest updates and information about football, tennis and other major sports. This is the ideal app when a cricket match coincides with a tennis or football match. It is also ideal for IPL matches. Star Sports also provides a dozen of other apps that provide information for specific sport categories. You can also check out the Flingaa app that has recently gained immense popularity due to its satirical presentation and cricket commentary.
The official app from NDTV, one of the largest news channels in India, provides all information about international and domestic matches. Although it not as good as the above apps, it is a worthy mention due to the million plus downloads. It has an active community of cricket followers and often times provides coverage that goes above and beyond the action on field itself.
There are dozen other apps that provide live cricket scores and match streaming but they are often from less credible sources and are temporary solutions to latest events. The above apps not only provide in-depth coverage but also are ideal for connecting with other cricket lovers from across the world.