Indian Premier League 2015 is nearing the last stage and we have started our own section of fantasy tips based on the performances we have observed so far. So, here we are, once again, with fantasy tips and suggestions you might find very useful.
Over the weekend, we have five very important matches coming up. Before we start looking for options to buy in, let us look at those matches.
|43||Chennai vs Mumbai||Chepauk Stadium, Chennai|
|44||Kolkata vs Punjab||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|45||Delhi vs Sunrisers||Shaheed Veer Stadium, Raipur|
|46||Mumbai vs Royal Challengers||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|47||Chennai vs Rajasthan||Chepauk Stadium, Chennai|
As you can see, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are going to play twice in this period. Also, you must already have some Knights in your team since Kolkata played the last game yesternight. Clearly, your strategy should be to retain those Kolkata players and take a few Chennai and Mumbai ones before the next match,
Now, without further ado, let us look at the valuable options for these fixtures.
Shreyas Iyer (Uncapped): Extremely talented and the best uncapped batsman for this IPL. Last night too, he scored forty odd runs and proved that he is really in a good touch.
Rohit Sharma: Mumbai top order has been extremely inconsistent so far and a huge responsibility always is there on the captain’s shoulder. Well, this man has delivered most of the times in this season and with two matches under his belt, you have to take him in your squad.
Lendl Simmons (Foreign): He has started well in almost every match, but could not capitalize on them and my hunch says it’s time for this West Indian to convert one of those starts to a commanding 50 or 100.
Brendon Mccullam (Foreign): How can you keep McCullam out? The fact that he is going to play two matches in this period, both of them at their home ground, makes it a stronger case for you to give him a place in your fantasy team.
Others: Undoubtedly, it would take courage to keep Warner, Rahane or Uthappa to keep out of the squad, given the form they are in but if you are short of substitutes, fixtures say you should not be hurt much.
Harbhajan Singh: He has got back his lost form in the last match and definitely deserves a place in your team now. Singh has been a valuable asset to Mumbai Indians and if you give him a chance, he will be the same to your fantasy team too.
Dwayne Bravo (Foreign): Don’t forget to buy and retain him tomorrow, for the same reason as Mccullam. In death overs, Bravo has an uncanny ability to pick wickets, with ease.
Others: Yusuf Pathan, David Wiese, Shane Watson and Andre Russell are really good options. But, because of the foreigner quota and the fixtures, you should think well before buying either of them.
Sandeep Sharma (Uncapped): Already more than 50 wickets in T20 and he is improving everyday. Sharma should be your automatic uncapped choice for every Punjab match.
Mitchell Starc (Foreign): He is the best bowler in the world and he has shown why he is so! Starc has picked up wickets at an average of 8.00 (can you believe that?) and has given away runs at an economy of 5.75 only.
Ashish Nehra: What a good form this guy is in! The former India fast bowler, at an age of 35, is in possession of the purple cap at the moment. It would be a crime not to include him in the fantasy team.
Lasith Malinga/ Mitchell McClenaghan (Foreign): These two have been opening the attack for Mumbai Indians and both have been in good form. Take your chance with either of them.
Others: Again, it’s difficult to leave out Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Anureet Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal or Brad Hogg. But, if you remember the fixtures and consider the rules regarding the foreigners, it will not be a bad decision.
So, there you are! Hope these tips are going to help you climb up the ladder in your fantasy league. Let us know who you pick and how it goes, in the comments section below. Good luck!
(You can find Deepak Hooda’s interview here)