ICC World Cup 2019: 1st Semi-Final, India vs New Zealand – Dream11 Fantasy Team based on Stats
This team is picked purely based on the players' recent statistics.
Published - Jul 8, 2019 1:29 pm | Updated - Oct 19, 2019 12:15 pm
Two teams that haven’t met even once in the World Cup 2019 – India and New Zealand – will face each other in the first semi-final. The scheduled league game between these sides was washed out due to rain even without a ball bowled. The road that they’ve taken to reach this stage is slightly different. India just lost one game in the league stages and has looked to be on auto-pilot. New Zealand was in a similar situation until a few days ago.
But they lost their momentum and suffered three back-to-back losses as they head into this knockout game. Clearly, India seems to have the advantage here. But, they shouldn’t forget what happened when they faced this opposition in the warm-up game before the tournament. New Zealand will eye a strong come back and it is game on in this much-anticipated battle.
Here we bring to you the Dream11 Fantasy team based on the stats of the players:
MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant are amongst the highest run-scorers in this category. While the veteran cricketer has mustered 162 runs in the last five outings, India’s new number four scored 136 runs in just as many outings. Compared to Tom Blundell, their numbers look much better and both these players combined use just 16.5 credits which is another advantage.
There are plenty of options to pick from this category but credits will be a constraint. Kane Williamson has scored more runs than any other player amongst the options that are available. The New Zealand skipper scored 362 runs and can be the captain of your side. You can go for Rohit Sharma as the vice-captain of your team while KL Rahul can be the third pick in this category.
Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham scored the most runs with the bat from this category. While the former accumulated 143 runs, the latter has scored 176. They’ve also picked two and five wickets respectively. From Team India, Hardik Pandya will be a great choice as he has done really well with the ball. The management has used him as a floater in the line-up and there is every chance that he gets to face a lot of balls.
Mohammed Shami has picked up a stunning 16 wickets in his previous five outings. He has been in great form and is regularly picking up wickets. Thus, he is a no-brainer in your team. Lockie Ferguson has been equally good and has accounted for 13 scalps. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have picked up the same number of wickets and it is largely your personal choice. But considering the form that he is in, Bumrah could be preferred.