If you are into the world of fantasy cricket, you must have come across Dream11 and Mobile Premier League (MPL). The fantasy sports industry is growing rapidly in the world, and India is at the forefront of it.
With so much money being put into it, and so many new platforms popping up every now and then, a user is bound to get confused.
In this blog, we try to clear this confusion and compare two popular fantasy cricket platforms – Dream11 vs MPL. We will make a detailed comparison of them, see their pros and cons, and help you decide which is the right platform for you to play fantasy cricket on.
By the end of the blog, we don’t guarantee that you will become a fantasy cricket expert, but we can assure you that this blog will help you make informed choices when playing fantasy cricket and can increase your chances of winning.
So let’s dive straight into it, and help you win games!
Dream11 vs MPL: Which one should you choose?
We will be comparing and analyzing the two platforms on certain metrics. Read on:
1. User Base
Launched in 2008, Dream11 is one of the first and the oldest fantasy platforms to exist in India. Dream11 has been consistently leading the market, and now has about 130 Million users across its platforms.
Dream11 signed a contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be their official partner till 2022.
MPL on the other hand is a much fresher fantasy platform, being launched in September 2018. But even though MPL may have come late to the fantasy cricket party, it has been dominating this space. MPL was declared the 26th unicorn startup of 2021.
MPL has over 90 Million users and hosts over 20 games, in addition to fantasy cricket.
2. Point System
Dream11 has had a uniform pattern while giving points in games:
- 1 point for every run,
- 2 points bonus for a six,
- 25 points for a wicket (excluding runout),
- 8 points for a catch, etc
MPL has a slightly different point rating system:
- 0.5 points for every run,
- 1 point bonus for a six,
- 10 points for a wicket (excluding runout),
- 4 points for a catch, etc
Both platforms rate the points differently, but in the end, it does not really make a difference.
3. Team composition
This basically means how you can set up your team, and how many batsmen, bowlers, and wicket keepers you can take in it.
- Wicketkeepers: You can select up to four-wicket keepers in your Dream11 as well as MPL teams
- Batsmen: You can select 3-6 batsmen in your Dream 11 squad as well as the MPL squad.
- All-rounders: In Dream11 as well as MPL, you can select 1-4 all-rounders in your team.
- Bowlers: In Dream11 as well as MPL, you can select 3-6 bowlers for your team.
So we can see that there is no difference really in how you can compose your team on these two platforms.
4. Pros and Cons
After having a look at what these platforms stand for, we will analyze what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of them.
The pros of Dream11
Since it is the oldest fantasy cricket platform in India, it is highly reliable and authentic. It is trusted by millions of users, and your money will be safe for them. The platform keeps giving you credit bonuses every now and then, to keep you hooked on the game. Superstars like MS Dhoni, Bumrah, and Pant also endorse these brands.
The cons of Dream11
Since it is such a popular platform, the competition in it is extremely high. Your chances of winning in this can be low. Also due to its popularity, the entry fees to join these contests have increased over time, making them even more competitive.
The pros of MPL
The biggest pro is that the competition in this is not high, as it is a much newer platform. The entry fees to join contests is also lower, as compared to Dream11. Your chances of winning a game in MPL can be higher than in other applications. If Dream11 has Dhoni as its face, MPL has got Virat Kohli!
The cons of MPL
Tt is still a growing platform and has a lot of ground to cover. The interface of the application can be improved. Not enough bonuses and incentives are given to a user to continue playing. MPL is also packed with other features than fantasy cricket, which can be overwhelming for a user.
By now, you must have got a fair idea of what both of these applications have to offer after our review of both of them. While fantasy cricket, in general, has a lot of advantages like earning quick money, playing with friends, and enjoying cricket at a deeper level, the disadvantages can be, being addicted to it and playing irrationally which could lead to you losing money.
But if we have to choose a winner between Dream11 and MPL, the former wins for us in almost every department. Dream11 has a lot more to offer at the moment, and MPL might take some time to catch it.
We would urge you to select the platform which you feel is right for you, and most importantly, irrespective of the platform you choose, make sure you play responsibly.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should I play fantasy cricket?
One should play fantasy cricket to earn money, stay connected to the game, and compete with friends.
2. Is winning games in fantasy cricket easy?
Fantasy cricket is a game of skill rather than luck. Winning a game would be dependent on how well you researched the game, and what team you actually went with. Luck does play a role, but it is more skill-based.
3. How can I invest in fantasy cricket?
Firstly you need to choose a fantasy cricket platform. There are a lot of options available in today’s market. Once you have selected a platform, add money to your wallet, and then join a contest for a match. If you win the match, you will earn the prize money. But if you lose, your match money is gone.
4. How do I take out my fantasy cricket winnings?
First, you would need to verify your bank account details and KYC. After that, if you have won contests, and you want to draw out your winnings, you can simply go to withdrawals and enter the amount you wish to take out. Some applications have a minimum withdrawal amount of Rs.100 or 200. Your withdrawals are usually reflected in your account within 5 working days.