Fantasy Cricket Tips: India will look to forget their dismal performance in the ODI series against New Zealand and get themselves back on the winning track when they lock horns with the hosts in the upcoming 2-match ICC World Test Championship series. Both teams have had contrasting fortunes in the new tournament launched by ICC. While India is yet to drop a single point in the tourney, New Zealand have only been able to register one win in five matches.
The home side announced its squad for the series making some interesting changes from the one that played against Australia. India have got a massive boost in the form of Ishant Sharma as this series promises to be a thrilling contest.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Weather Conditions
The skies are expected to stay cloudy for all five days. The temperature will stay in the mid-20s with the wind speed predicted to be around 45 km/h. This is the perfect weather for fast bowlers.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Pitch Report
Record of chasing teams: Won – 27, Lost – 12
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Injury and Availability
All Players are fit and available for selection.
Probable Playing XIs:
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Bench – Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav
Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel
Bench – Tim Southee, Tom Blundell.
Tom Latham will be the hot pick in this contest because he has a splendid record against India. The left-handed batsman can pile up a mountain of runs in the two innings that he will get to bat in. Virat Kohli has disappointing on this tour thus far however, he can be backed to come back all guns blazing in this Test series.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult
Vice-Captain – Mohammed Shami, Colin de Grandhomme, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – BJ Watling (C)
Batters – Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli (VC), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ross Taylor
All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja, Colin de Grandhomme
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Kyle Jamieson, Ishant Sharma
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rishabh Pant(VC)
Batters – Kane Williamson, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Henry Nicholls
All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja(C), Hanuma Vihari
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Ishant Sharma, Ajaz Patel
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Expert Advice
The pacers are expected to rule the roost in Wellington however, the spinners cannot be ruled out of the contest. Ravindra Jadeja has a lot of experience of playing in New Zealand while Rishabh Pant’s gameplay is tailor-made for fantasy cricket. Hence, these two Indian players will be the ones to watch out for.
New Zealand will start as the favorites to win because of the home advantage and the momentum that they have.