ICC World Cup 2019: IND vs NZ Dream11 Captain: Don’t look beyond Kohli, Taylor, Chahal

By Chaitanya Laxman

India and New Zealand lock horns against each other on Thursday in the ICC World Cup 2019. Both teams have looked good so far and this match enables the teams to gauge each other’s strengths.

Loaded with match-winners, India and New Zealand have reaped tremendous success in the recent past and this makes the contest exciting. For the Dream11 Captain, there are numerous options from both sides but the following three rise above the rest.

#3. Yuzvendra Chahal:

With the world going gaga over India’s pace artillery and Kuldeep Yadav’s mystery spin, Yuzvendra Chahal has quietly picked wickets and has emerged as a vital cog of India’s ODI unit.

He isn’t afraid of tossing the ball up and loves the challenge of big hitters. His match-up against Ross Taylor will be interesting and do watch out for Chahal’s signature delivery wide outside off stump.

Bowling average in 2019: 20.63

No. of wickets in 2019: 22

Bowling average against New Zealand: 27.15

No. of wickets against New Zealand: 13

Bowling average in England: 31

No. of wickets in England: 8

#2. Ross Taylor:

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The pillar of New Zealand’s middle-order, Ross Taylor’s aggressive and calculated batting is a huge asset for the team. If the right-hander neutralises the Indian spinners in the middle overs then New Zealand have a serious chance of drubbing India.

Batting average in 2019: 72.30

No. Hundreds in 2019: 1

Batting average in England: 48.05

No. Hundreds in England: 2

Batting average against India: 41.37

No. Hundreds against India: 2

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#1. Virat Kohli:

The Indian skipper is in prime form and is scoring runs at ease. He has no certain flaw in his batting and is adept to all conditions and attacks. All these factors make Kohli India’s most dangerous asset and ideal choice for Dream11 Captain.

Batting average in 2019: 54.69

No. Hundreds in 2019: 3

Batting average in England: 54.05

No. Hundreds in England: 1

Batting average against New Zealand: 68.52

No. Hundreds against New Zealand: 5

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.