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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 12 to 14. 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 15 to 16.


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GDS Squad Round and Top Performers


Round 12


WKT - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan) - 60 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT Jos Buttler - (England) - 53 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Tanzid Hasan (Bangladesh) -46 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Vikramjit Singh (Netherlands) - 40 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) - 91 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan) - 61 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Sybrand Engelbrecht (Netherlands) - 58 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Mahmudullah (Bangladesh) - 54 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Adil Rashid (England) - 105 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Jofra Archer (England) - 93 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afghanistan) - 80 GDS Fantasy Points


Adil Rashid - Bowler - England

Adil Rashid was in superb form against Oman and ended with figures of 4/11 off his four overs. Excluding the two rain affected matches, Rashid has bowled his full complement of overs and he looks to be locked in as starter for England. Depending on the pitch and what happens at the toss, Rashid can be considered as a starter every time England play.


Round 13


WKT - Aasif Sheikh (Nepal) - 67 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Kushal Bhurtel (Nepal) - 115 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Reeza Hendricks (South Africa) -54 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Devon Conway (New Zealand) - 42 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Dipendra Singh Airee (Nepal) - 78 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Rachin Ravindra (New Zealand) - 68 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Mitchell Santner (New Zealand) - 54 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Aiden Markram (South Africa) - 41 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa) - 99 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Tim Southee (New Zealand) -99 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Trent Boult (New Zealand) - 75 GDS Fantasy Points


Kushal Bhurtel - Batsman - Nepal

Kushal Bhurtel put in the best performance by any Nepalese player in the T20 CWC as he went onto score 115 GDS Fantasy Points against South Africa. He is an opening batsman that also bowls leg spin. In this performance he scored 16 points through the bat but had bowling figures of 4/19 from his four overs and this worked out to be 99 points. Even though Nepal won't be making it through to the second round of the group stages, Bhurtal may be a valuable asset for GDS coaches in the future if Nepal continue to qualify for future ICC tournaments. An opening batsman that offers bowling upside can be a cheat code in GDS in certain situations.


Round 14


WKT - Jonny Bairstow (England) -42 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Travis Head (Australia) - 89 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Harry Brook (England) -75 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Richie Berrington (Scotland) - 59 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Brandon McMullen (Scotland) - 82 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Marcus Stoinis (Australia) - 80 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - David Wiese (Namibia) - 62 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Glenn Maxwell (Australia) - 60 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Ruben Trumpelmann (Namibia) - 57 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Mark Watt (Scotland) -49 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Brad Wheal (Scotland) - 47 GDS Fantasy Points


Brandon McMullen - All-Rounder - Scotland

Brandon McMullen put in a very good knock as went on to score 60 runs off 32 balls. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to put Scotland into the second round of the group stages as they lost narrowly to Australia. McMullen has been part of the Scottish T20 setup for the last year and over this period he has scored four fifties in his twelve innings. He is only 24 years old, and I think we will see him in the Scottish team for some time. If you have his card, I'd be hanging onto it as I think it will be useful in the future.


GDS Top 10 Wicket-Keepers

  1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz - Afghanistan - 94.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Rishabh Pant - India - 65.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Mohammad Rizwan - Pakistan - 48.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Andries Gous - United States of America - 47.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Jos Buttler - England - 45.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Shreyas Movva - Canada - 42.7 GDS Fantasy Points

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

  8. Nicholas Pooran - West Indies - 37.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Litton Das - Bangladesh - 36.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Aasif Sheikh - Nepal - 36.0 GDS Fantasy Points


GDS Top 10 Batsman

  1. Aaron Jones - United States of America - 61.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Kushal Bhurtel - Nepal - 61.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Ibrahim Zadran - Afghanistan - 50.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Travis Head - Australia - 49.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Babar Azam - Pakistan - 44.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Aaron Johnson - Canada - 44.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Richie Berrington - Scotland - 44.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. David Warner - Australia - 41.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Sherfane Rutherford - West Indies - 39.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Towhid Hridoy - Bangladesh - 39.0 GDS Fantasy Points


GDS Top 10 All-Rounders

  1. Marcus Stoinis - Australia - 89.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Hardik Pandya - India - 77.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Rashid Khan - Afghanistan - 69.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Logan van Beek - Netherlands - 68.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Brandon McMullen - Scotland - 67.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Andre Russell - West Indies - 64.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Gerhard Erasmus - Namibia - 60.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Dipendra Singh Airee - Nepal - 57.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Mehran Khan - Oman - 56.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. David Wiese - Namibia - 53.3 GDS Fantasy Points


GDS Top 10 Bowlers

  1. Fazalhaq Farooqi - Afghanistan - 107.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Tabraiz Shamsi - South Africa - 99.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Trent Boult - New Zealand - 77.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Alzarri Joseph - West Indies - 77.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Tim Southee - New Zeraland - 75.5 GDS Fantasy Points

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

  7. Akeal Hosein - West Indies - 72.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Aryan Dutt - Netherlands - 69.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Arshdeep Singh - India - 66.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Anrich Nortje - South Africa - 66.3 GDS Fantasy Points


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GDS Team to Beat - Round 15

Ireland vs Pakistan

Bangladesh vs Nepal

Netherlands vs Sri Lanka


WKT - Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)

WKT/BAT - Kushal Bhurtel (Nepal)

WKT/BAT - Babar Azam (Pakistan)

WKT/BAT - Towhid Hridoy (Bangladesh)

AR - Logan van Beek (Netherlands)

AR - Dipendra Singh Airee (Nepal)

AR - Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

AR - Mark Adair (Ireland)

BWL - Nuwan Thushara (Sri Lanka)

BWL - Rishad Hossain (Bangladesh)

BWL - Tanzim Hasan Sakib (Bangladesh)


Player in focus - Mohammad Rizwan

Mohammad Rizwan is starting to find some form with the bat and has featured in the squad of the round after his last two performances. He scored 31 runs vs India and 53 runs vs Canada, this worked out to be 38 points and 81 points respectively. Pakistan played Ireland in a three match T20 series in Ireland leading up to the World Cup and Rizwan had a lot of success against the Irish bowling attack. He had innings of 56 and 75 runs, and I think he might be able to score another 50 in this match. Rizwan is a must start for me.


GDS Team to Beat - Round 16

New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea

West Indies vs Afghanistan


WKT - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)

WKT/BAT - Devon Conway (New Zealand)

WKT/BAT - Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)

WKT/BAT - Finn Allen (New Zealand)

AR - Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

AR - Andre Russell (West Indies)

AR - Mitchell Santner (New Zealand)

AR - Rachin Ravindra (New Zealand)

BWL - Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afghanistan)

BWL - Trent Boult (New Zealand)

BWL - Tim Southee (West Indies)


Player in focus - Tim Southee

Even though New Zealand's T20 CWC campaign won't progress past the first round of the group stages, the veteran Tim Southee has been bowling extremely well. He has bowled his full complement of overs in both of his matches and has figures of 2/21 vs West Indies and 3/4 vs Uganda. With New Zealand's final match against the winless PNG, I'm expecting Southee to take 2+ wickets once again. What I like even more is the fact that this is New Zealand's third match at this venue, and they should be used to the favourable bowling surface.


 

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