South Africa vs India T20I Series: Top 10 Fantasy Cricket Picks

Updated on: Dec 9, 2023 12:11 pm IST

South Africa vs India Fantasy Cricket Picks

India’s T20I tour of South Africa will be a precursor to the June ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Stars like Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada who perform well in a bilateral series will miss this series. As per the reports, Lungi Ngidi who was initially selected, is also ruled out of the T20I series due to an ankle sprain. Left-handed seamer Beuran Hendricks has replaced him. There will be some new faces who can be the top performers.

Let’s take a look at top Fantasy picks who can consistently grab those important fantasy points.

Top 10 Fantasy Picks for SA vs IND T20I Series

No. Player Head-to-Head T20I Batting Stats Head-to-Head T20I Bowling Stats T20I Batting Stats in South Africa  T20I Bowling Stats in South Africa Captain or Vice Captain Choice Available for the 3rd T20I?
1. Aiden Markram 110 Runs in 4 Matches 0 wickets in 2 Innings 381 Runs in 12 Matches 2 Wickets in 4 Innings     ✅       ✅
2. Reeza Hendricks 164 Runs in 7 Innings _ 760 Runs in 21 Matches _     ✅       ✅
3. Ishan Kishan 206 Runs in 5 Matches _ _ _     ✅       ✅
4. Suryakumar Yadav 187 Runs in 4 Matches _ _ _     ✅       ✅
5. David Miller 379 Runs in 15 Innings 1026 Runs in 43 Innings     ✔        ✅
6. Marco Jansen 12 Runs in 1 Match 1 Wicket in 1 Match 20 Runs in 1 Innings 4 Wickets in 2Matches     ✅       ❌
7. Arshdeep Singh _ 7 Wickets in 3 Matches _ _     ❌       ✅
8. Avesh Khan _ 4 Wickets in 5 Matches _ _     ❌       ✅
9. Gerald Coetzee _ 25 Runs in 3 Matches 3 Wickets in 3 Matches     ❌       ❌
10. Heinrich Klaasen 210 Runs in 6 Innings _ 374 Runs in 18 Matches _     ✔       ✅

Two Indian openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Yashasvi Jaiswal have some head-to-head batting averages under 20. Ravindra Jadeja did not even play any T20I series in South Africa in his long career. He also has a very poor bowling record having only 2 Wickets in 5 Matches. Shreyas Iyer too, has a head-to-head batting average of 19.33, scoring 116 runs in 8 innings that too on India’s spin-friendly wickets. Mohammed Siraj can be a great pick though.

South African pitches provide a lot of uneven bounces. Batsman like Ishan Kishan and Rinku Singh who play the short balls well, can be impactful on those pitches. South African batters score quite comfortably though. Beuran Hendricks is a definite option who deserves a place in the top 10.

Some new protean players in the squad can shine in an out-of-syllabus manner. Right-arm fast bowler Ottniel Bartman has already picked up 52 wickets in 32 matches in his domestic T20 career. The Under-19 Batsman Matthew Breetzke has scored 867 runs in domestic T20 matches. All-rounder Donovan Ferreira was bought by Rajasthan Royals last year. He has a T20 Strike Rate of 152.47 after playing 33 T20 innings. We suggest you keep an eye on these players.

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