IPL 2018 Fantasy Guru: What your team should look like for RR vs SRH
Subs made – 1(0); Subs remaining – 42(43)
Evin Lewis out – Jofra Archer in (if RR bowl first)
(Uncapped) Krunal Pandya out – Siddarth Kaul in
Uncapped player preference order: Siddarth Kaul (if SRH bowl first)/Rahul Tripathi (if SRH bowl second), Krishnappa Gowtham, Basil Thampi, Shreyas Gopal
Captain – Jofra Archer (if RR bowl first)/Rashid Khan (if SRH bowl first)
Differential – Manish Pandey
Multiplier used – No
Guru’s team ahead of RR vs SRH: S Dhawan, K Williamson, R Uthappa, A Rayudu, S Yadav, S Watson, M Markande, S Kaul, B Kumar, R Khan, J Archer/E Lewis
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Jofra Archer is the only one real threat in the Rajasthan Royals bowling unit, and I will definitely be getting him in if they bowl first. However, if they bat first, I can gamble on keeping him out, as there is a decent chance they could be restricted to a modest score, courtesy of the SRH bowling unit that is starting to make a habit of it.
In Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, I have all the capped Sunrisers Hyderabad players I need for this match. Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan should give you steady returns, but keeping in mind SRH play next after a span of seven matches, I don’t see the need for them on my team.
This will, in turn, have a considerable effect on the impact that Archer can have on the match, as unlike, say, Rashid, he, or any fast bowler for that matter, cannot be expected to beat batsmen on the defence on subcontinental decks. In a chase of anything less than 150, the SRH batsmen could just play him out and target the rest of the bowling attack, which is pretty ordinary.
I call this fantasy ploy ‘toss trick’. While it might not always work, against good bowling sides it is always worth a shot, especially when you can’t carry the player to his next match, which is the case here as the Ajinkya Rahane-led team play next only after a gap of three matches.
Normally I would bring in Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes, but not against this bowling unit. While Rahul Tripathi, back opening the innings now, could turn out to be a differential if Royals chase (toss trick again), I am going in with Siddarth Kaul as my uncapped pick for the day either way, as I need a bowler to meet my combination requirements once I get Bhuvneshwar out of my team.
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