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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 15 to 16. As the competition enters the Super Eights, several players have already made their mark, delivering exceptional performances and racking up impressive GDS Fantasy Points. Let's dive into the best squads and top performers for each round, 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 17 to 18.

Fantasy Cricket

GDS Squad Round and Top Performers

Round 15

WKT - Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka) - 116 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT Rohit Paudel - (Nepal) - 67 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Scott Edwards (Netherlands) -47 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Michael Levitt (Netherlands) - 43 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Imad Wasim (Pakistan) - 86 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Dipendra Singh Airee (Nepal) - 80 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka) - 77 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) - 75 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Tanzim Hasan Sakib (Bangladesh) - 141 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh) - 102 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan) - 96 GDS Fantasy Points

Tanzim Hasan Sakib - Bowler - Bangladesh

Tanzim Hasan Sakib destroyed the top order of Nepal and went on to finish with figures 4/21 from his four overs, this included two maidens. The Bangladesh seam attack has been very good this T20 CWC and it really depends on the day which one of their pacemen will perform. Sakib has now made the squad of the round on two occasions and both times he finished as the top scoring bowler. With matches against Australia, India, and Afghanistan in the Super Eights, Sakib can be considered as a starter each round. Out of all these matches, I think starting him against Afghanistan would be a good decision as Bangladesh will be playing at the same venue as they did against Nepal.

Round 16

WKT - Nicholas Pooran (West Indies) - 136 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Johnson Charles (West Indies) - 71 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Devon Conway (New Zealand) - 62 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand) - 50 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Azmatullah Omarzai (Afghanistan) - 64 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan) - 60 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Andre Russell (West Indies) - 37 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Mitchell Santner (New Zealand) - 33 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand) - 148 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Obed McCoy (West Indies) -73 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Akeal Hosein (West Indies) - 68 GDS Fantasy Points

Lockie Ferguson - Bowler - New Zealand

Lockie Ferguson became the second bowler ever to bowl four maidens in a T20I and was the first to do so in a T20 CWC. He finished with the amazing figures of 4-4-0-3. This performance earned him the second highest score in GDS for the Global Cricket Championship. Even though the tournament is over for New Zealand, coaches might be able to sell high after this performance as Ferguson is now 33 years old and who knows how long he will remain on the international cricket stage.

GDS Top 10 Wicket-Keepers (only includes players that are in Super Eights)

  1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz - Afghanistan - 70.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Rishabh Pant - India - 65.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Nicholas Pooran - West Indies - 62.0 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. Monank Patel - United States of America - 42.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Litton Das - Bangladesh - 35.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Phil Salt - England - 31.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Johnson Charles - West Indies - 30.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Heinrich Klaasen - South Africa - 29.5 GDS Fantasy Points

GDS Top 10 Batsman (only includes players that are in Super Eights)

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

  2. Ibrahim Zadran - Afghanistan - 50.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Travis Head - Australia - 49.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. David Warner - Australia - 41.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. David Miller - South Africa - 35.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Harry Brook - England - 35.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Towhid Hridoy - Bangladesh - 34.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Sherfane Rutherford - West Indies - 31.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Rohit Sharma - India - 29.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Suryakumar Yadav - India - 27.3 GDS Fantasy Points

GDS Top 10 All-Rounders (only includes players that are in Super Eights)

  1. Marcus Stoinis - Australia - 89.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Hardik Pandya - India - 77.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Rashid Khan - Afghanistan - 58.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Andre Russell - West Indies - 57.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Shakib Al Hasan - Bangladesh - 49.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Glenn Maxwell - Australia - 38.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Azmatullah Omarzai - Afghanistan - 35.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Ashton Agar - Australia - 33.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Gulbadin Naib - Afghanistan - 32.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Axar Patel - India - 32.3 GDS Fantasy Points

GDS Top 10 Bowlers (only includes players that are in Super Eights)

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

  2. Fazalhaq Farooqi - Afghanistan - 81.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Tanzim Hasan Sakib - Bangladesh - 77.0 GDS Fantasy Points

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

  5. Obed McCoy - West Indies - 73.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Akeal Hosein - West Indies - 71.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Arshdeep Singh - India - 66.7 GDS Fantasy Points

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

  9. Alzarri Joseph - West Indies - 64.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Mustafizur Rahman - Bangladesh - 59.5 GDS Fantasy Point

Fantasy Cricket

GDS Team to Beat - Round 17

South Africa vs United States of America

West Indies vs England

WKT - Jos Buttler (England)

WKT/BAT - Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)

WKT/BAT - Phil Salt (England)

WKT/BAT - Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

AR - Andre Russell (West Indies)

AR - Marco Jansen (South Africa)

AR - Aiden Markram (South Africa)

AR - Sam Curran (England)

BWL - Jofra Archer (England)

BWL - Akeal Hosein (West Indies)

BWL - Anrich Nortje (South Africa)

Player in focus - Phil Salt

Phil Salt is one of the most destructive batsmen in the tournament but his GDS average of 31.3 points hasn't shown this. This is mainly down to the low run chase against Oman and the shortened match against Namibia. In the recent IPL he ranked 2nd in the wicket-keeper rankings averaging 57.5 GDS fantasy points and hit four half centuries in his twelve matches. What I think is more relevant is the form that showed in the Caribbean in the five match T20I series against the West Indies back in December. In this series he averaged 66.2 runs and smashed his way to two centuries. The West Indies bowling attack will likely be similar to the one he faced in December and at one of the most batting friendly venues of the CWC, I think Salt offers a very high ceiling and is a must start for me.

GDS Team to Beat - Round 18

Afghanistan vs India

Australia vs Bangladesh

WKT - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)

WKT/BAT - Rishabh Pant (India)

WKT/BAT - Travis Head (Australia)

WKT/BAT - Rohit Sharma (India)

AR - Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

AR - Marcus Stoinis (Australia)

AR - Hardik Pandya (India)

AR - Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

BWL - Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afghanistan)

BWL - Jasprit Bumrah (India)

BWL - Adam Zampa (Australia)

Player in focus - Adam Zampa

Adam Zampa has only made the squad of the round once this tournament, but I think he can have a lot of success against Bangladesh. Of the 28 wickets Bangladesh have lost this T20 CWC, 15 of these have been to spin. This match will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and even though we have seen the seam bowler take 26 of the 38 wickets here, leg spin bowlers have had some great success. Zampa took 4/12 vs Namibia and Rashid took 4/11 vs Oman earlier in the tournament and I don't see any reason why Zampa can't pick up a few wickets against Bangladesh. With many very good bowling options available for this round, Zampa might be considered a player of difference. If he can repeat the performance we saw against Namibia, he may help GDS coaches' squads be near the top of the leaderboard.


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