No more waiting for the arrival of the eleventh edition of the beloved Indian Premier League. All talks are going to end and the league will start tomorrow on April 7. Right now, all the teams are busy preparing their best bowling and batting combinations for the tournament ahead, the players of the IPL fantasy league must have their own problems and complications.
Fantasy gamers should consider every possibility and should not get carried away thinking about making it big in the early tournament, because this is cricket, not a sprint. You have to play smart to gather more points by observing patterns and making tactics.
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The charm of this flashy league is filled with so many temptations and they are not easy to avoid. Keeping the track of that, we put down few things to watch out for and avoid in the fantasy IPL.
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The tournament will start with the super clash between the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on the two times champions and the returning Chennai Super Kings. So, down below are the temptations you should not fall for.
#Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni should be avoided
CSK is making a comeback after two years and if you are a fan of the yellow squad, you can’t resist but include Dhoni and Suresh Raina in your fantasy league lineup. These two have been the most prominent and consistent players for the franchise ever since the beginning. But it’s all a trap and you shall avoid it.
Both these stalwarts will be sporting the yellow jersey once again but they do not guarantee that their performances are going to be the same. Raina hasn’t been in his top form since a long time and Dhoni undoubtedly is one of the best wicket-keepers but he bats at a lower batting order so it is never certain if he’s gonna perform or not.
Before you get to any decision, make sure you see all the relevant factors, Dhoni will cost a lot because of his reputation while a keeper/batsman like Ishan Kishan who is way cheaper could be a better option. Will Raina regain his old form isn’t certain as well? So choose your squad very carefully.
#Picking Sam Billings could be a great choice.
Sam Billings IPL record so far is not very overwhelming and this may come as a surprise, but picking Billings could be a major move. South African Faf du Plessis is supposed to be the first opener for CSK but he is coming directly from a tiring Test series against Australia and he even got his finger hurt during the last Test.
It’s not very likely to see Du Plessis playing in the first game just after he arrived and even if he does, it is not going to be easy for him to adjust to the T20 format so it would be wise to avoid him.
In this case, pick Sam Billings. In spite of his IPL record, he is definitely a big hitter and it takes only a good knock to make a breakthrough. So would be wise to pick him.
#Do not include too many spinners
CSK have invested heavily in their spin-department, whereas Mumbai has done the opposite. We all know quality spinners are diamonds in this format of the game but the conditions of the Wankhede stadium does not support spin and could get them hit all over the stadium. So, Karn Sharma shall no longer be an option as it can actually backfire. So rather than filling your team with spinners, look out for quality seemers and all-rounders. Spinners aren’t supposed to play a prominent role in the Wankhede.
#Ambati Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh the crucial factors.
After spending a long time with the Mumbai franchise Rayudu and Harbhajan will be playing against them this Saturday. And if you are still rooting for a spinner, pick Harbhajan Singh without a second thought but he knows how to bowl in these conditions and has been very effective in the ipl, and known for his impulsive death overs bowling. Meanwhile, Rayudu may not be the first choice for the playing XI for CSK but Stephen Fleming might be looking at him for the opening game because he is aware of the conditions. And if he is not picked, you can still drop him off the team before the toss commences as it would be the first game so you won’t lose out on transfers.
#Put your trust in Evin Lewis
The Jamaican Evin Lewis is all set to make his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians. He will open for Mumbai Indians along with Rohit Sharma. Many fans and fantasy players must be wondering if can deliver according to his reputation. A few people might even want to wait to see what he’s got before picking him up for their team.
But Lewis is a brilliant player in this format of the game. He has performed tremendously in the international T20s so far and Wankhede is all about big hitters, a complete batsman’s paradise. And with CSK relying mostly on spinners and Favourable batting conditions, Lewis could go on to dismantle CSK’s bowling attack. So, picking him up is a safe bet.
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