These IPL Players are Excellent Picks in Fantasy Cricket Games

With the much fancied Indian Premier League upon us once more, spectators flock to the stadiums hoping to catch a glimpse of stellar cricketing action and their favorite cricketing heroes as they take to the turf. Likewise, these fans of the game can also indulge in fantasy cricket games.

Watching these players up close, either live or on television, helps how best to answer the questions on their chosen prediction app. As the 16th IPL season is underway, and cricket tends to be a major topic, the Bleacher Report has a whole list of fifty players whose stats you may brush up on to help you tackle the questions on any prediction application better. 

Best Fantasy Cricket Players in IPL Who Can Double Your Points

#1. Jos Buttler:

Joe Buttler (Joseph Charles Buttler) is an English cricket player who also skippers the England cricket team in the limited-overs game and is a member of the Test side too. Soft-spoken and unassuming, with supple hands and a great eye, Buttler takes the fight to the opposition with graceful strokes all around the park and boasts of a rather inventive repertoire.

He made his IPL with the Mumbai Indians squad, with whom he spent two years from 2016-17. Since 2018 he has played for the Rajasthan Royals. Buttler has adapted well to the shorter form of the game. 

Even though he had to leave the IPL midway through 2019 to join the national side, he still made an impact while scoring 311 runs following his 548-run season in IPL 2018. A rejig in the batting order for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, which saw him play at number four, did not suit him well. Save for his 124 runs in 64 deliveries against Hyderabad in 2021; he had a lackluster two seasons.

He was back in top form in the 2022 IPL scoring 863, including four centuries to take Rajasthan Royals to the final, and has been a consistent performer for the Royals. This year, he will be looking for an encore, only this time, he will want to power his team to the IPL title they missed in 2022. 

#2. Andre Russell:

Andre Russell is a world-class seam-bowling allrounder from Jamaica. His IPL debut came in 2012 when the then-Delhi Daredevils team chose him. He played with them for the 2013 season as well. Since 2014, he has been with the Kolkata Night Riders, and he seemed to be their lucky talisman as they won the IPL that year. Russell followed up an incredible 2014 when he was awarded the Player of the Series prize in the 2015 edition of the IPL. 

In 2019, he bagged the maximum sixes award in IPL 2019 after he smashed 52 sixes in the tournament and was only the second player to knock more than 50 sixes in a single season, a distinction he shares with fellow Jamaican Chris Gayle. 

#3. Mohammed Shami:

Mohammed Shami, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, but represents West Bengal in the domestic circuit, was first noticed in the midst of a domestic fixture. He had only 15 first-class appearances to his name when he was chosen to play Pakistan in the Delhi ODI in January 2013. 

He has so far represented four teams in the IPL –  KKR (2011-2013), Delhi Capitals (2014–2018), Punjab Kings (2019-2021), and finally, his current team, the Gujarat Titans, since 2022. His early years in the IPL were far from memorable, but only when the Punjab Kings secured his services did his career experience the upswing he was looking for. 

Shami repaid the faith the Punjab Kings’ faith in him and concluded the season as his team’s highest wicket-taker with 19 wickets from 14 games.  He proved he was a tough nut to crack, soaking up the pressure when he successfully defended six runs against the Mumbai Indians in the first of two super overs.  

#4. Trent Boult:

Trent Boult’s IPL debut was in 2015 for Sunrisers Hyderabad, for whom he featured in seven games and finished with an equal number of wickets. Two-year stints at Delhi Capitals and the Mumbai Indians followed, for whom he played a crucial role in their 2020 IPL triumph, picking up 25 wickets from 15 matches. 

The 2018 season could be called his breakout year in the IPL, where he scalped 18 wickets from 14 games playing for Delhi Capitals. Rajasthan Royals has no hesitation in breaking the bank for the Kiwi left-arm bowler, offering a hefty pay packet of $970,000 individually for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. 

The southpaw’s tally of 99 wickets across 83 IPL matches, with best figures of 4/18, justifies his price.

#5. Sunil Narine:

Sunil Narine is best described as a mystery spinner and the first high-profile cricketer to make a career in the IPL. He is armed with a bag of variations – skidders, knuckleballs, carrom balls and pulls a rabbit out of the bag on every occasion, and a party trick of plundering quick runs up or down the order with the bat.

Narine joined Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 – he is handful of players for the KKR Team to have consistently represented only one franchise since their debut. He was instrumental in leading the side to its two title victories in  2012 and 2014, with a clinical performance that saw him bag 20 wickets in each of the two seasons. In the first half of his IPL career, Narine bowled more than 650 overs for the team and bagged 216 wickets in IPL Tournament at an economy rate of 5.52.

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