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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Turner

GameDay Squad Global Cricket Championship: Around The Grounds

Welcome to our latest blog on the GameDay Squad Global Cricket Championship, where we bring you the highlights and standout performers from rounds 4 to 8. As the competition heats up, several players have already made their mark, delivering exceptional performances and racking up impressive GDS Fantasy Points. Let's dive into the squad of the week and top performers of the week, showcasing the best wicket-keepers, batsmen, all-rounders, and bowlers. You will also find a sneak preview on who we think might be good selections for round 9 to 11.

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GDS Squad of the week for rounds 4-8

WKT - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan) -111 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - David Miller (South Africa) -86 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Jos Buttler (England) - 85 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - David Warner (Australia) - 80 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Marcus Stoinis (Australia) - 163 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) - 117 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Gerhard Erasmus (Namibia) - 116 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Logan van Beek (Netherlands) - 102 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Akeal Hosein (West Indies) -135 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Ottneil Baartman (South Africa) - 104 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afghanistan) - 100 GDS Fantasy Points

GDS Top 10 Wicket-Keepers

  1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz - Afghanistan - 112.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Jos Buttler - England - 85.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Rishabh Pant - India - 75.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Litton Das - Bangladesh - 67.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Andries Gous - United States of America - 66.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Phil Salt - England - 57.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Shreyas Movva - Canada - 55.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Monank Patel - United States of America - 42.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Nicholas Pooran - West Indies - 42.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Pratik Athavale - Oman - 34.5 GDS Fantasy Points

GDS Top 10 Batsman

  1. Aaron Jones - United States of America - 86.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Ibrahim Zadran - Afghanistan - 76.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. David Warner - Australia - 70.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Towhid Hridoy - Bangladesh - 53.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Babar Azam - Pakistan - 46.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. David Miller - South Africa - 46.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Navneet Dhaliwal - Canada - 44.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Rohit Paudel - Nepal - 44.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Rohit Sharma - India - 43.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Max O'Dowd - Netherlands - 43.0 GDS Fantasy Points

GDS Top 10 All-Rounders

  1. Marcus Stoinis - Australia - 113.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Logan van Beek - Netherlands - 98.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Gerhard Erasmus - Namibia - 93.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Rashid Khan - Afghanistan - 87.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Mehran Khan - Oman - 75.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Hardik Pandya - India - 75.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Norman Vanua - Papua New Guinea - 71.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Nicholas Kirton - Canada - 70.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Assad Vala - Papua New Guinea - 65.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. David Wiese - Namibia - 64.0 GDS Fantasy Points

GDS Top 10 Bowlers

  1. Fazalhaq Farooqi - Afghanistan - 121.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Anrich Nortje - South Africa - 90.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Mustafizur Rahman - Bangladesh - 85.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Akeal Hosein - West Indies - 84.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Ottneil Baartman - South Africa - 83.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Jasprit Bumrah - India - 76.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Rishad Hossain - Bangladesh - 75.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Nosthush Kenjige - United States of America - 74.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Ruben Trumpelmann - Namibia - 66.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Matt Henry - New Zealand - 64.0 GDS Fantasy Points

Top Performers

Akeal Hosein - Bowler - West Indies

The West Indies showed why they should be considered as a contender for the T20 World Cup as they cruised past Uganda, winning by 134 runs. Akeal Hosein put in a career best bowling performance taking 5/11 from his four overs and this earnt him 135 GDS fantasy points. This might just be the best performance that we see with the ball at T20 CWC. To all those coaches that started Hosein in their starting XI for round 7, well done. Depending on the pitch and opposition, Hosein should be considered as a starting option anytime the West Indies play.

Marcus Stoinis - All-Rounder - Australia

Marcus Stoinis put in a fantastic performance against Oman. He scored 67 runs from 36 deliveries and took 3/19 off his three overs. This worked out to be a whopping 163 GDS fantasy points and this score is currently the best individual performance by any player in GDS. With Stoinis coming in at five in the Australian batting order and bowling three overs a match, he might just be one of the best all-rounders to hold a card of in GDS. With Mitchell Marsh not bowling for Australia at the moment, Stoinis is now ranked as my top Australian all-rounder and should be seriously considered anytime they play.

Rashid Khan - All-Rounder - Afghanistan

Rashid Khan showed us why he is one of the best exponents of the T20 format as he ripped through the New Zealand batting order, taking 4/17 from his four overs and scoring 117 GDS fantasy points. Afghanistan is one of the inform teams of the tournament and are now well placed to make it out of the first round of the group stages. With Afghanistan's next match against PNG, Khan looks to be a must start for round 12 and should be seriously considered anytime they play.

Fantasy Cricket

GDS Team to Beat - Round 9

Bangladesh vs South Africa

WKT - Litton Das (Bangladesh)

WKT/BAT - Heinrich Klaasen (South Africa)

WKT/BAT - Tristan Stubbs (South Africa)

WKT/BAT - Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

AR - Marco Jansen (South Africa)

AR - Aiden Markram (South Africa)

AR - Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

AR - Mahmudullah (Bangladesh)

BWL - Anrich Nortje (South Africa)

BWL - Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

BWL - Ottneil Baartman (South Africa)

Player in focus - Quinton de Kock

QDK has been in a form slump for a while now and he's due for a big innings very soon. I honestly don't think it will be this match and this is only because of the unpredictable drop in pitch at New York. Batsman have really struggled on this surface, but this will be South Africa's third match in New York. I believe he offers one of the highest ceilings at the WKT/BAT position, especially with him being the one behind the stumps for the South African pace bowlers.

GDS Team to Beat - Round 10

Canada vs Pakistan

Nepal vs Sri Lanka

Australia vs Namibia

WKT - Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)

WKT/BAT - David Warner (Australia)

WKT/BAT - Travis Head (Australia)

WKT/BAT - Babar Azam (Pakistan)

AR - Marcus Stoinis (Australia)

AR - Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

AR - Gerhard Erasmus (Namibia)

AR - Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

BWL - Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan)

BWL - Nuwan Thushara (Sri Lanka)

BWL - Haris Rauf (Pakistan)

Player in focus - Glenn Maxwell

The Big Show has got to be due soon with a big performance for GDS coaches. He's been in wretched run of form with the bat and has only had three innings when he has made it to 10+ runs in his last 11 matches. We all know how talented he can be, and this might be the match where he blasts 50+ runs off 20 odd deliveries. It's honestly a coin flip on who to start between Marsh and Maxwell. I've selected Maxwell as I think he is due, and Marsh still hasn't bowled in a match after returning from injury.

GDS Team to Beat - Round 11

United States of America vs India

West Indies vs New Zealand

WKT - Rishabh Pant (India)

WKT/BAT - Rohit Sharma (India)

WKT/BAT - Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)

WKT/BAT - Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

AR - Hardik Pandya (India)

AR - Andre Russell (West Indies)

AR - Mitchell Santner (New Zealand)

AR - Roston Chase (West Indies)

BWL - Jasprit Bumrah (India)

BWL - Arshdeep Singh (India)

BWL - Matt Henry (New Zealand)

Akeal Hosein is one of the hottest names in GDS after this performance against Uganda and now is a great opportunity to sell high in my opinion. Over his 52 T20Is, he has only taken 2+ wickets in eight matches and only 3+ wickets in two matches. I'm expecting New Zealand to be much better in their second match of the tournament and I don't think we will see Hosein have the same success he did against Uganda. I have the above three bowler suggestions all ranked ahead of Hosein for round 11.


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