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Canada T20 Fantasy Picks: Top 10 players to go all guns blazing

By Chaitanya Laxman

As the aura of World Cup 2019 is settling down, the cricket world is gearing up for the next clash of titans. The Canada T20 tournament will kickstart from July 25 and it features some big names in white-ball cricket.

From big-hitters to mystery spinners and from incredible all-rounders to express pace bowlers, this T20 tournament has it all.

Here we pick the top ten fantasy players for the Global T20 Canada.

#10. Shahid Afridi:

There is never a lack of entertainment with Afridi. The all-rounder may not have made an impact as a batsman in this format but he has emerged as one of the most successful bowlers.

His leg-spin is pretty accurate and he is able to pick wickets whenever the team needs. He is at the twilight of his career but he still has enough gas in him to set the stage on fire.

Total Matches: 303

Total wickets: 333

Bowling economy rate: 6.67

Batting strike rate: 154.00

#9. Kane Williamson:

The man of the tournament in the ICC World Cup 2019, Kane Williamson is in terrific form. He doesn’t have the brute power but he compensates for that with his ability to pick gaps and read bowlers.

And whenever he gets a start he generally converts it into a big one so watch out for him in this tournament.

Total matches: 178

Total runs: 4433

Strike rate: 123.58

Average: 29.75

#8. Colin Munro:

The New Zealand opener has three hundreds in T20I cricket and is known as an impact player. He can tear apart any bowling attack and has a phenomenal strike rate.

Total matches: 220

Total runs: 5296

Strike rate: 146.54

Average: 29.42

#7. Dwayne Bravo:

Bravo has built a reputation of being an effective death over bowler. He has plenty of experience behind him and is adept to bowling in pressure situations.

He can be a  handy batsman too and has won a few games with his unorthodox batting style.

Total matches: 450

Runs scored: 6298

Batting strike-rate: 126.82

Batting average: 24.61

Bowling economy rate: 8.26

Total wickets taken: 490

#6. Sandeep Lamicchane:

The young sensation from Nepal, Sandeep Lamicchane garnered plenty of eyeballs in the Big Bash T20 and also made a mark in the IPL.

He is not afraid of inviting the batsman for the big shot and this approach makes him a wicket-taker. It will be interesting to see whether the pitches in Canada will offer him any assistance.

Total Matches: 46

Total wickets: 61

Bowling economy rate: 7.23

Bowling strike rate: 16.1

#5. Isuru Udana:

Udana has done well in the limited chances he has received so far and he can be the X-factor in this tournament.

His left-arm pace bowling is known to trouble batsmen while with the bat he can tonk a few big hits and tilt the match.

Total matches: 116

Total wickets taken: 113

Economy rate: 7.99

Bowling average: 23.59

Batting strike-rate: 130.05

#4. Sunil Narine:

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The mystery spinner is a highly economical bowler in T20 and is a huge match-winner.  He can tie down batsmen with his accuracy while his batting at the top order can take the match away from the opposition in no time.

Total matches: 326

Total wickets taken: 370

Economy rate: 6.03

Bowling average: 20.23

Batting strike-rate: 147.66

#3. Chris Gayle:

With more than 12 thousand runs and 21 centuries, Chris Gayle is truly the Universal Boss in T20 cricket. The Windies opener can win matches single handedly with his incredible six hitting ability and is known to play big knocks as well.

Total matches: 384

Total runs: 12808

Strike rate: 147.33

Average: 39.04

#2. Ben Cutting:

The Australian all-rounder is an ideal T20 player.  He is capable of playing vital cameos down the batting order and is a probing pace bowler. Importantly he thrives under pressure and is a big match player.

Total matches: 130

Runs scored: 1676

Batting strike-rate: 150.85

Batting average: 21.48

Bowling economy rate: 8.97

Total wickets taken: 104

#1. Andre Russell:

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No surprises here! Russell was the biggest impact player in IPL 2019 and the same can be expected from him in the Global T20 Canada tournament. He faced injury issues during the World Cup but there also he impressed everyone with his bowling.

A fully fit Russell can be the most destructive force on a cricket pitch and his franchise will be hoping that he stays fit.

Total matches: 301

Total runs: 4966

Strike rate: 169.83

Average: 26.13

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.