Afghanistan won the series but how did they fare?
A flying A.B.Devilliers brings RCB closer to the playoffs. However I still believe in the high likelihood of a Game of Thrones style twist.
Can we see a huge Game of Thrones twist in the match just like the political scenario in Bangalore? A Super Over with RCB to win!!!
I love the discussions that they have at Cricbuzz. Chris Gayle seems to come up whenever Kings XI Punjab plays. The panel over there kept saying that the main reason Kings XI Punjab bought Chris Gayle was for marketing. I saw Gayle in Goa quite a few years back. He has an aura and confidence about him. I shudder to think what would have happened if Gayle would have played against RCB. The self-proclaimed Universe Boss seems to be dominating once again. The implications this can have is tremendous. I have kept saying that of all the captains Ashwin has used his resources the best. I think he brought Gayle out at the perfect time. It will be difficult to leave Gayle out considering how well he is playing but it may make sense if he is rested for a game or so. If Gayle continues in this fashion then Kings XI Punjab is definitely in the playoffs. It was beautiful to see him hit the ball into the stands. It was surprising to see him scamper for a single so that he could get the strike. I hope we get to see more of him. Chok There by Apache Indian was the best song I could think of to celebrate the music of two wonderful cultures.
I came across an app called Dream 11. It allows you to choose players. The only restriction is the number of credits you can use. This provided me with a good way to test my index as it did not restrict me to other conditions placed by fantasy leagues. The following is the team that came based on my Index.
I never place bets or gamble since I started working in investments. For this reason I will not be placing any bets through the site. This reflects the best performers in both the teams and not necessarily what position they play in or the practicality of it. Most of the team picks itself. The only surprise and question is Chris Gayle. After his performance against CSK it will be difficult to leave Gayle out.
The team for my fantasy IPL league is below.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
It has taken 13 matches for a significant shuffle of the Playing XI. This is my analysis after Week one.
Based on the conditions I have set in my index this is the new result.
Rahul, Dhawan and Sampson are sitting nicely in the top three. AB De Villiers is precariously standing at four. I was tempted to drop him and bring in Naraine to open with Rahul. Dhawan and Sampson would move one place lower. Nitesh Rana has forced himself into the side. Surprisingly it is the uncanny knack of getting very important wickets at the right time that has caused this. I have placed him at five and put Hardik Pandya at six. However, if De Villiers does not perform well then I may end up dropping De Villiers and putting Rana at four and Hardik at five. I dropped Sam Billings and brought in Shakib Al Hasan. Getting Shakib in meant that I had to drop Markande. I believe the spin department is covered by Ashwin, Hasan and Rana. I have dropped Woakes and brought in Trent Boult. I have dropped Umesh Yadav and brought in Siddarth Kaul instead. These changes have strengthened the batting and have given more bowling options. I expect this list to change again.
I would really like to hear your views on this especially if you have a different View of the playing XI.
This post has been a long time coming after my first IPL Playing XI. However going forward this should become more frequent. As a reminder below are the criteria that I use in building my team.
- The team will have four International players.
- There will be a minimum of one spinner.
- The wicketkeeper will be a regular keeper for their team.
- The captain of the team will be one of the captains of the team.
- As much as possible the team will be playing at their regular positions.
Based on the above conditions my Index churned out the following team.
This is slightly different to the IPL XI put up by Simon Doull. His team is below.
The top four is a no-brainer. They clearly are the best people for those slots. Kishan was a contender for number 3 and the wicketkeeper bu Rahul and Samson can keep and their batting after week one is better than Nair. I expected Shane Watson to open but the sheer destructiveness of Rahul and Dhawan has pushed him off the opening slot. He is the third best foreign bowler. Despite this, he does not seem to slot anywhere else. Sunil Naraine was another contender for the opening slot. However, his hit out or get out attitude was too risky to warrant a place. I do not think there can be any arguments about three and four.
The Pandya brothers, Sam Billings and Karun Nair were fighting it out for five and six. I decided to go with Hardik and not Krunal because I needed a fast bowler. There were also better spinners that could be played. I decided to play Billings at six because he has the ability to change a game.
I had to pick Andre Russell. He is a good finisher. I see Bravo and Russell as having similar roles. I picked Russell because so far he has been better especially at bowling.
My first spinner and Captain of the team is Ashwin. I think this is the main difference between my list and that of Doull. The obvious captain from his list would be Devilliers. It is important to me that the captain is chosen from one of the eight or any other captain that may get chosen in the future. Ashwin has bowled well and he is able to make the batting go deeper. I strongly believe that Ashwin and Williamson have used their resources the best.
Umesh Yadav is the best fast bowler so far. Markande is the best spinner. The slot for the final fast bowler and a foreign player was between Chris Woakes and Mustafizur Rahman. I decided to go in for Woakes because he would strengthen the batting line up. He may be more expensive than Rahman but I do believe he is a better bowler and wicket taker than Rahman.
If you have a different view then I would really like to know.