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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 18, India vs New Zealand – Dream11 Fantasy Team based on Stats

This team is picked purely based on the players' recent statistics.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The only two unbeaten teams in the tournament – India and New Zealand will come up against each other in the next game of the World Cup 2019. While one of these two will have to encounter their first loss of the tournament, no one would want to lose without putting in a tough fight. In the warm-up match, New Zealand was all over India with the Kiwi bowlers leaving the batsmen absolutely clueless.

However, Team India has spent a decent amount of time in England now and the players have adjusted to the conditions well. This time around, they will be looking forward to performing better and taking their revenge. While this is expected to be a tough-fought contest, picking the Dream11 Fantasy team is expected to be slightly tougher. On that note, the statistics could help you analyse better as to which players you’d want to pick.

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Here we bring you the Dream11 Fantasy team based on the stats of the players

Wicket-keepers

Picking the wicket-keeper could be down to personal preference as there isn’t a huge differentiating factor when you go by the stats. Both MS Dhoni and Tom Latham have got similar figures when you take the last five ODIs into consideration. While Latham has scored 160 runs, MS Dhoni accrued 146 runs. Going purely by the numbers, the Kiwi wicket-keeper should be the preferred choice.

Batsmen

With a century and half-century in the last two games, Rohit Sharma has been in great form. His figures are better than anyone else in this category and thus could also be the captain of your team. Ross Taylor from New Zealand has the best numbers from his team and can be the vice-captain of your side. Virat Kohli and Martin Guptill, with 250 and 245 runs respectively, should be the other two picks.

KL Rahul, at just 8 credits, could be the other pick in your Dream11 Fantasy team even though he doesn’t have the best numbers when compared to others. He is likely to open the innings for India in the next game and coming at just 8 credits means that you’ll have the flexibility to pick some big names from the other categories.

All Rounders

Team India’s management has shown a great deal of trust in Hardik Pandya. He was sent out to bat higher up the order whenever there is a possibility and has repaid the faith. Pandya is in excellent form with the bat and does a decent job with the ball as well. While he should be one pick, James Neesham can be the other pick from this department. He has picked up 8 wickets in the last five games and also scored 62 runs.

Bowlers

Picking the three bowlers in this team shouldn’t be a difficult task. Lockie Ferguson, with 11 wickets in the last 5 games, is an obvious choice. Amongst the three bowlers who picked 10 wickets, Matt Henry’s average and economy are good. You’ve got to pick one player between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal to maintain the balance of the side. The former has got slightly better numbers and could be in your team.

Final Fantasy Team

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