Duleep Trophy, 2019: Match 1, India Blue vs India Green: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Duleep Trophy, 2019: Match 1, India Blue vs India Green: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

India Blue captain Shubman Gill is fresh of an unbeaten double century in the West Indies.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 1st game of the Duleep Trophy 2019 will be played between India Blue and India Green at the Just Cricket Academy Ground in Bangalore.

The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (IST) (4:00 AM GMT)


The 2019/20 Indian domestic season will kick start with the Duleep Trophy game between the India Blue and India Green teams on Saturday in Bangalore. The team Blue is led by the 19-year-old Shubman Gill who is fresh of an unbeaten double century for India A in the Caribbean. The likes of Anmolpreet Singh, Shreyas Gopal and Jalaj Saxena are in India Blue team who stand as the favourites.

Their opponent in the season opener is India Green which is led by the opener Fiaz Fazal. The Green team might not have big names in their squad but a lot of them are coming off a successful Ranji Trophy. Akshath Reddy, Priyam Garg and Akshdeep Nath made tons of runs for their respective teams while Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Tanveer-Ul-Haq were among the leading wicket-takers chart.

Weather Condition/Report:

It will be interesting to see if this game ends in anything other than a draw. The rain gods haven’t spared the afternoons over the last few days in Bangalore. The forecast during the four days of this match isn’t any different.

Pitch Condition/Report:

This Duleep Trophy match will be the first FC match at the Just Cricket Academy Ground. The few List A matches that this venue hosted suggests early movement for the pacers. During the multiday games in the KSCA organized events, the track here aids the spinners from the 3rd day.

Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:

India Blue:

Shubman Gill (C), Snell Patel (WK), Anmolpreet Singh, Ankeet Bawne, Ricky Bhui, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Gopal, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena, Tushar Deshpande, Aniket Choudhary.

Bench – Rajat Patidar, Basil Thampi, Diwesh Pathania, Ashutosh Amar

India Green:

Faiz Fazal (C), Akshath Reddy, Siddhesh Lad, Priyam Garg, Akshdeep Nath, Akshay Wadkar (WK), Rahul Chahar, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Tanveer-Ul-Haq.

Bench: Dhruv Shorey, Ishan Porel, Rajesh Mohanty, Milind Kumar

Top Picks:

The likes of Jalaj Saxena, Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Chahar will be gearing up to take wickets and also score runs if required. Saxena is used to scoring big runs alongside accounting for the majority of the wickets picked by his team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Shubman Gill, Jalaj Saxena, Akshath Reddy

Vice-Captain – Anmolpreet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Akshdeep Nath

Siddhesh Lad has impressive numbers in first-class cricket over the past year, especially in the first innings of the team. With rain is expected to spoil the play, Lad might get to play in the first essay only and score big as well.

Akshath Reddy had a solid Ranji Trophy last season where he scored 797 runs at an average of 79.7 including a career-best of 250.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Snell Patel

Batters – Shubman Gill (C), Anmolpreet Singh, Faiz Fazal, Akshath Reddy, Siddhesh Lad (VC)

All-Rounders – Shreyas Gopal, Jalaj Saxena

Bowlers – Ankit Rajpoot, Rahul Chahar, Tushar Deshpande

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Akshay Wadkar

Batters – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Akshath Reddy (VC), Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad

All-Rounders – Shreyas Gopal, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jalaj Saxena (C)

Bowlers – Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot, Rahul Chahar

Expert Advice:

A couple of names from the plate group do a feature on both sides. However, those might not get an opportunity in the first game itself due to the presence of a lot of India hopefuls. It is also be noted that Dhruv Shorey is not the same force in the longer format as he is in limited-overs and could be benched. Ruturaj Gaikwad, the India A opener, usually bats in the middle-order in the multi-day matches.

Probable Winners:

India Blue is expected to make a winning start if the weather permits a full 4-day match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.