Top 5 fantasy picks: IND vs NZ – 2nd ODI

It was a Shubman Gill and Michael Bracewell show in the first ODI in Hyderabad. Gill notched up a historic double century while Bracewell smashed a rearguard century. India emerged as the winners as Shardul Thakur held his nerve in the final over. We now move to Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Raipur for the second ODI. This will be their maiden international match to be played at this venue. Here are the Top 5 fantasy picks for IND vs NZ encounter.

5. Devon Conway

The Kiwi opener fell prey to rampaging Mohammed Siraj in Hyderabad. However, Conway is a solid batter. In the recent ODI series against Pakistan, he struck a century and a fifty. After the initial failure, he should be back on his feet for this game and provide a solid start to New Zealand. The major threat for him will be negotiating Siraj’s opening spell.

4. Kuldeep Yadav

The left-arm wrist spinner has been in a dazzling form. Since 2022, he has featured in 11 ODIs and has claimed 19 wickets. In his last three ODI appearances, he has snared nine wickets. Developing into a clever bowler, Kuldeep has all the experience to trouble the Blackcaps.

3. Michael Bracewell

The spin all-rounder proved his worth in the first ODI with his incredible innings of 140. He kept New Zealand alive in the game and nearly pulled off a victory. Bracewell is also a capable bowler and did not go wicketless in any innings against Pakistan in three recent ODIs. In the first ODI against India, he only bowled six overs but he did produce a wicket-taking opportunity. Tom Latham fumbled a stumping chance of Shubman Gill when he was batting on 45.

2. Mohammed Siraj

With 14 wickets in the last five ODIs, Mohammed Siraj is a must-pick bowler in your fantasy team. Taking crucial wickets in the powerplay overs, Siraj has provided India with fabulous starts and leaving him out of the team can prove to be dangerous. He has taken four-wicket hauls in the last two ODIs.

1. Shubman Gill

Gill made most of the chances he received in the first ODI and notched up his maiden double century. He took the shortest route to 200 from 182 as he smashed three sixes in three balls. Running in spectacular form, Gill has scored two consecutive ODI centuries. Now whether he completes a hat-trick of centuries or not, remains to be seen.