India v New Zealand ODI series: Fantasy Cricket Tips and Preview

India v New Zealand ODI series 2016 (16 October – 29 October 2016)

The Teams

Coming off a crushing 3-0 loss in the test series, New Zealand will be banking on their explosive batting line-up for a fresh start in the ODI series.

The Indian ODI team looks fairly different from the test team – Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Bhuvi are injured, Raina is ill with viral fever and Ashwin, Shami, and Jadeja are all rested for the first three ODIs. 

While the Kiwis are #7 in tests (India are ranked #1), New Zealand are the #3 ODI team (India are just below at #4). The pressure will be on M.S. Dhoni’s men to win by a 4-1 margin and leap-frog the Kiwis in the ODI ranks.

The Venues

Dharamsala, Delhi, Mohali, Ranchi and Visakhapatnam.

Our Fantasy Picks

Here are our top 3 fantasy cricket picks from each side for the ODIs.

New Zealand

Martin Guptill – Guptill struggled at the start of the tour but ominously started to find a bit of form towards the end. If he can get going, Guptill will be  a huge threat. He knows India well from his time with the Mumbai Indians, and will be expected to lead the Kiwi batting effort. Leave New Zealand’s ODI double-centurion out of your fantasy cricket team at your own peril.

Matt Henry – With only 25 ODIs under his belt, this 24-year old has already had 6 innings with more than 4-wickets and outstanding strike rate of 24.5. He is able to clock speeds in the high 140s and will trouble the Indian top order.

Anton Devchich (*wildcard*) – We don’t know much about Anton Devchich, save that he is a left arm spinner and a left handed top order batsman. This is his third trip to India (after a New Zealand A tour and the Champions League T20) and he is making a comeback to the New Zealand side after injury. We remember another left-handed batsman who revived his career on a trip to India – Matthew Hayden. India will be hoping that Devchich does not emulate him.

India

Virat Kohli – Only a big-time punter would not select India’s test captain (and most likely future ODI captain) in a fantasy cricket side. The master of the chase, Kohli’s ODI average is 51.5 at a strike rate of nearly 90 with 25 centuries. Pick him, pick him, pick him!

Amit Mishra – M.S. Dhoni will rely on Mishra to step-up in the absence of India’s spin twins, Ashwin and Jadeja.  Mishra’s brilliant use of flight has delivered him 199 T20 wickets and 507 first class wickets but his ODI record has room for improvement. NZ will need to be watchful as Mishra will be out to prove a point.

Mandeep Singh (*wildcard*) – With Dhawan and Raina out for the first ODI, Manish Pandey will be first in line to replace them. However, as India only have eight ODIs to test their bench strength ahead of the Champions Trophy next year, Mandeep shoud make his debut at no. 6 or no. 7 in the course of the series. Mandeep impressed in his T20I debut against Zimbabwe and has been a consistent fixture in Rahul Dravid’s India A side. He is in good nick and scored a magnificent 95 against Australia A last month. India’s ODI batting lineup is a tough one to break into, so Mandeep will need to seize any opportunity he gets.

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