The Indian team reached New Zealand for a full-fledged tour which includes all the three formats. The tour starts with a five-match T20I of Ind vs NZ series, followed by a three-match ODI series and then ends with a couple of Tests. The five-match T20I series starts on Friday at Eden Park in Auckland.
India is fifth in the ICC T20I Rankings whereas New Zealand is sixth, so it is going to be a tightly contested series. But what’s important is that there is more cricket which means they are more chances for the fans to earn more money through fantasy cricket.
The shortest format is perfect for the people to play fantasy cricket because it is the most followed format and many people know the players and how they perform. All the cricket fans will be geared up to set their respective teams for the first T20I. So, on that note, let’s have a look at three players you should pick in your fantasy team for the first T20I.
- Jasprit Bumrah:
If there is one bowler from India who will bowl four good overs then it is Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah made his comeback in the T20I series against Sri Lanka. He looked a bit rusty to start with but towards the end of the ODI series against Australia, he had found his mojo.
Jasprit Bumrah is the bowling superstar of India he consistently delivers under pressure. He bowls a lot of dot balls which will help you increase your points. Not only that but he also bowls at the death which means he has a high chance of getting wickets when the batsmen are going after him.
Jasprit Bumrah would be a really good pick in your fantasy team for the first T20I.
- Colin Munro:
If there is one country where Colin Munro loves to bat then it is New Zealand. The left-handed opener becomes dangerous while playing in home conditions and especially at Eden Park. He loves the flat wicket and short boundaries that favor batsman.
Not only that but he also has a phenomenal record against India. Munro averages over 41 with a strike-rate of 165.33 in seven matches against India. All the things are nicely set-up for the southpaw.
If he gets going in the first six overs, then he generally gets a big one. He has three centuries in this format so you can’t rule him out. Munro is predominantly a boundary hitter which will increase your points and help your team win, so he should be a part of your fantasy team.
- Virat Kohli
If there is one player who has improved in the shortest format then it is Virat Kohli. With such a brilliant record you would wonder how can this guy improve his record but he has done that.
In the last couple of months, Virat Kohli has increased his strike-rates as he has smashed most of the bowlers to all the parts of the park. In the last three games in which he wasn’t dismissed his scores were 94* off 50 balls, 70* off 29 balls and 30* off 17 balls. He is striking well above 170 which is a rare thing but a good thing.
The pitch and the ground size of Eden Park will suit Virat Kohli. The Indian captain will be motivated to perform well because India lost the T20I series last time around. Due to all these reasons, Virat Kohli is a must in your fantasy team as he can get you the maximum number of points.