Chappell wins Star Wars
It was third time lucky for former Australia captain Ian Chappell, who won the third edition of the Star Wars Fantasy League played during the World Cup. Ian, who narrowly lost out to ESPNcricinfo editor Sambit Bal in the previous two editions of Star Wars, overcame a strong start from Sambit and Sanjay Manjrekar to claim the top spot with 14255 points.
"In the words of former New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra, 'It ain't over 'til it's over,'" Chappell told ESPNcricinfo. "I've found that particularly true with Sambit Bal. The last two times I played Cricinfo fantasy games, Sambit has pipped me on the last game. When he was so close this time going into the final, I was extremely worried he was going to make it a hat-trick. Thankfully, this time I was able to hang on. Never mind Sambit, 'Two out of three ain't bad'."
Ian finished the group stages in third place on 11039 points behind Sambit (11618) and Sanjay (11911), but surged ahead in the knockouts, amassing 3216 points, close to 1000 points more than Sanjay and Sambit that helped him secure the top spot. Ian's top players were Player of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh (1841), Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan (1839) and Australian allrounder Shane Watson (1557).
Sanjay Manjrekar finished third on 13968, followed by Harsha Bhogle (13235), Geoffrey Boycott (13010), ESPNcricinfo's England editor Andrew Miller on 7089 and finally ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan editor Osman Samiuddin (7062).