IPL 2018 Fantasy Guru: What your team should look like for KXIP vs CSK
Subs used – 2; Subs remaining – 60
Evin Lewis out – KL Rahul in
Rahul Tripathi out – Shane Watson in
(Uncapped) Krunal Pandya out – Mayank Agarwal in
Uncapped preference order: Mayank Agarwal, Dhruv Shorey, Deepak Chahar
Captain – KL Rahul
Differentials – Aaron Finch and Ambati Rayudu
Guru’s team ahead of KXIP vs CSK match: KL Rahul, M Agarwal, S Watson, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, R Uthappa, Q de Kock, B Stokes, M Markande, K Khejroliya, S Kaul
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The equation for this match is simple: don’t look beyond KL Rahul and Shane Watson. They open the batting, are in great form, and with the luxury of dual skills in play, there is a minimum guarantee even if they fail in their main discipline.
With Ambati Rayudu likely to be pushed down the order to compensate for the absence of Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch becomes the next best bet. However, keeping the Kings XI Punjab schedule in mind, I don’t see any value in taking the risk now.
Sam Billings needs to bat higher up the order to even come into consideration, while Dwayne Bravo presents a case only if you can carry him over to multiple games, which can’t be done at the moment.
Mujeeb Zadran’s good run should continue, so you can always pin your hopes on him to get you a couple of wickets. Like in the case of Finch, he will also be revisited when KXIP’s fixtures fit into Schedule Mantra.
As far as uncapped picks are concerned, in his short stays so far, Mayank Agarwal has shown signs of what he is capable of, and if he is given a long run in the opening role, we should see him start doing well. Dhruv Shorey, who could open the innings today for Chennai Super Kings, isn’t a bad bet either.
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