IPL Fantasy Cricket Tip #2: Kolkata Knightriders v Delhi Daredevils

The teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Delhi Daredevils. Establishment vs. Youth. Superstars vs. Unknowns. Both franchises that have been playing since the first IPL, but the Delhi team has changed its composition more times than a Delhi taxi driver changes lanes. KKR will be gunning for their third title, compared to Delhi who have been in the bottom 2 for 3 years in a row. On paper, though, the line-ups still appear pretty evenly matched with Delhi looking for a fresh start under their capable new captain, Zaheer Khan.

The Venue: Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Typically a reasonably high-scoring wicket, this ground was favourable towards the side chasing in the T20 World Cup, likely due to the dew factor. Expect the captain who wins the toss to bowl first.

Our picks for your fantasy cricket team

Carlos Brathwaite – Remember the name! His four back-to-back sixes to seal the World Cup for West Indies were at this ground, so he has momentum on his side. He’s likely to bowl at least a couple of overs and bat in the death.

Robin Uthappa – Hasn’t made the national team in a while, but has been a consistent fixture of the KKR top order. Uthappa scored a mammoth 660 runs in 2014, making him the highest run scorer by almost 100 runs, and he is a wicket-keeper too, with more potential points for catches.

Shreyas Iyer – Our wildcard/uncapped recommendation for the game, Iyer had a great first season at the Daredevils, scoring 439 runs at a strike rate just short of 130, including his breathtaking 83 against the Mumbai Indians in 2015. Opening the batting also means lots of potential time at the crease.

You can also check out our post on the key overseas players in each team after the auction, which should help make your minds up. And don’t forget to sign up with OyeCaptain to pick your team and win daily prizes!

Good luck!

2 thoughts on “IPL Fantasy Cricket Tip #2: Kolkata Knightriders v Delhi Daredevils”

  1. What remedies for Delhi? Its not the same team as five years ago and they change things around everywhere from managers, to captains, and to strike bowlers but nothing seems to work

    1. Part of Delhi’s issue has been just what you said – the lack of consistency and continuity. Zaheer is their 9th captain in just as many years, in sharp contrast to other franchises such as KKR who’ve had Gambhir at the helm for his 6th year. Delhi has also struggled with overseas player selection; short on big hitting all rounders last year, they went with both Morris and Brathwaite today, but that came at the cost of Duminy who could have provided much needed stability at the top. The management seems reactive rather than proactive, which will need to change quickly for them to find success this year!

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