When India and England will battle it out in the first of the three T20I encounters on July 03 in Old Trafford, it will be a clash of the Titans, notwithstanding the current ICC rankings of the two teams. The Englishmen will have their tails up with a record-breaking performance against their archrivals, Australia, while the Indians are also riding high on a string of decent offshore exploits lately. Although predicting the outcome of the contest is a dicey task, we dig deep into the factors that can help fantasy league bettors to see through the obvious and make wise decisions.
The contest assumes significance for both teams, as a win here will set the tone for the gruelling series ahead, which will include two more T20Is, along with five tests and three ODIs. Though both sides are evenly poised in all departments of the game – be it batting, bowling or fielding – England has the home advantage, which it will exploit fully to come out with flying colours. The Englishmen will also be counting on their quality pace battery to get the better of the formidable Indian batting line-up featuring the likes of Virat, Rohit, Shikhar, Dhoni and more.
India is a higher placed team in ICC rankings vis-à-vis England while England has the home advantage and is better adapt to the conditions. So, England enters the contest with an edge.
Players to opt
Fantasy cricket is a unique format where the individual performances are crucial while the outcome of the contest always takes the back seat. We help you choose the right combination.
Jos Buttler and Rohit Sharma are your best bets for the opening slot for their sheer big-hitting prowess and ability to pace the innings as per the situation.
Making an appropriate choice for the number 3 slot is simply intimidating for you have to choose between the two finest players on the international cricket circuit – Virat Kohli and Joe Root.
Your middle order is well served by Eoin Morgan, KL Rahul and MS Dhoni.
Given the absence of Ben Stokes, your all-rounder option must be Hardik Pandya.
Opt for either Yuzvendra Chahal or Kuldeep Yadav to bolster the spin department.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Liam Plunkett are ideal pace options.