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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 19 to 20. As the competition nears the end of 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 21 to 22.

Fantasy Cricket

GDS Squad Round and Top Performers

Round 19

WKT - Shai Hope (West Indies) - 118 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT Quinton de Kock- (South Africa) - 85 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Harry Brook (England) -84 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - David Miller (South Africa) - 55 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Roston Chase (West Indies) - 80 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Andre Russell (West Indies) - 74 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Liam Livingstone (England) - 44 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Moeen Ali (England) - 35 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Jofra Archer (England) - 74 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Keshav Maharaj (South Africa) - 63 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Alzarri Joseph (England) & Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) - 47 GDS Fantasy Points

Shai Hope - Wicket Keepers - West Indies

Shai Hope played one of the best innings of the T20 CWC as he went onto score 82 runs off 39 deliveries. With Brandon King's injury, Hope was given his shot at the top of the order. After this performance against the USA, I wouldn't be surprised if the West Indies keep him opening the batting for the remainder of the tournament. Next up the West Indies have South Africa in their last match of the Super Eights and if they win, they will progress through to the Semi-Finals. South Africa have a very good bowling attack and Hope might not have the same success as he did against the USA. He should be considered as a starter for round 21 and might even be considered as a player of difference with the likes of Pooran, Salt, QDK and Buttler all likely to be available starting options.

Round 20

WKT - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan) - 88 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan) - 65 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Virat Kohli (India) - 56 GDS Fantasy Points

WKT/BAT - Najmul Hossain Shanto (Bangladesh) - 51 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan) - 107 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Hardik Pandya (India) - 92 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Glenn Maxwell (Australia) - 91 GDS Fantasy Points

AR - Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) - 53 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Kuldeep Yadav (India) - 83 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Pat Cummins (Australia) -79 GDS Fantasy Points

BWL - Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan) - 76 GDS Fantasy Points

Gulbadin Naib - All-Rounder - Afghanistan

Gulbadin Nabi had a man of the match performance against Australia. He had figures of 2/20 from his four overs as he helped Afghanistan to a well-deserved victory. Naib has featured in the squad of the round on three occasions, twice because of his bowling and the other was because of his batting. With his next match up against Bangladesh, he can certainly be considered as a starting option. Personally, I like other players to start at the AR position for round 22 but I can also see the player of difference appeal he can offer if selected.

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

  1. Shai Hope - West Indies - 73.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Rahmanullah Gurbaz - Afghanistan - 66.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Rishabh Pant - India - 59.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Nicholas Pooran - West Indies - 56.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Andries Gous - United States of America - 55.8 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Quinton de Kock - South Africa - 47.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Phil Salt - England - 45.6 GDS Fantasy Points

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

  9. Jos Buttler - England - 42.4 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Johnson Charles - West Indies - 35.3 GDS Fantasy Points

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

  1. Ibrahim Zadran - Afghanistan - 45.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. David Warner - Australia - 41.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Harry Brook - England - 39.4 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Travis Head - Australia - 39.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Aaron Jones - United States of America - 39.2 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Suryakumar Yadav - India - 32.4 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. David Miller - South Africa - 32.2 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Towhid Hridoy - Bangladesh - 31.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Rohit Sharma - India - 31.6 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Rovman Powell - West Indies - 27.5 GDS Fantasy Points

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

  1. Hardik Pandya - India - 75.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Marcus Stoinis - Australia - 69.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Rashid Khan - Afghanistan - 58.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Andre Russell - West Indies - 54.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Glenn Maxwell - Australia - 47.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Gulbadin Naib - Afghanistan - 44.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Shakib Al Hasan - Bangladesh - 40.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Roston Chase - West Indies - 38.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Axar Patel - India - 35.6 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Harmeet Singh - United States of America - 35.6 GDS Fantasy Points

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

  1. Fazalhaq Farooqi - Afghanistan - 68.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  2. Arshdeep Singh - India - 68.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  3. Kuldeep Yadav - India - 66.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  4. Jasprit Bumrah - India - 64.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  5. Pat Cummins - Australia - 62.3 GDS Fantasy Points

  6. Tanzim Hasan Sakib - Bangladesh - 62.2 GDS Fantasy Points

  7. Tabraiz Shamsi - South Africa - 61.0 GDS Fantasy Points

  8. Adam Zampa - Australia - 59.5 GDS Fantasy Points

  9. Rishad Hossain - Bangladesh - 57.7 GDS Fantasy Points

  10. Anrich Nortje - South Africa - 54.2 GDS Fantasy Points

Fantasy Cricket

GDS Team to Beat - Round 21

England vs USA

West Indies vs South Africa

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 - Moeen Ali (England)

BWL - Alzarri Joseph (West Indies)

BWL - Jofra Archer (England)

BWL - Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

Player in focus - Quinton de Kock

QDK hasn't really performed all that well in the last six months but has had back-to-back fifties and is starting to hit form at the right time for South Africa. South Africa are playing their next match against the West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and opening batsmen are averaging 31.6 points at this venue. This is one of only two venues that openers are averaging 30+ points at, the other being Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. There are many good players available at the WKT and WKT/BAT positions for this round and going by QDK's last two innings, he is a must start for me.

GDS Team to Beat - Round 22

Australia vs India

Afghanistan vs Bangladesh

WKT - Rishabh Pant (India)

WKT/BAT - Virat Kohli (India)

WKT/BAT - Travis Head (Australia)

WKT/BAT - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)

AR - Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

AR - Marcus Stoinis (Australia)

AR - Hardik Pandya (India)

AR - Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

BWL - Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afghanistan)

BWL - Tanzim Hasan Sakib (Bangladesh)

BWL - Rishad Hossain (Bangladesh)

Player in focus - Fazalhaq Farooqi

I believe Fazalhaq Farooqi has a great match up in must win match against Bangladesh. Bangladesh have struggled to get their innings going in most of the matches this tournament and have only once put on 10+ runs for the first wicket. In the power play they are losing an average of two wickets each match. With Farooqi being the tournament leading cricket taker with 15 wickets, I think we may see him take a wicket or two within the power play. The India vs Australia match will be played at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, and this has been the worst venue for bowlers to score points at. With many good bowlers and batsmen from Australia and India, I'll be avoiding the bowlers in this match. I believe the bowlers in the Afghanistan vs Bangladesh match can have more success as the top orders from both teams have been rather shaky at times this tournament.


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