Fantasy insights for Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals, Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League, at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. 

Final Fantasy XI

Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler, Wriddhiman Saha

Batters: Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer

Allrounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya

Bowlers: Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal

C/VC: Jos Buttler, Hardik Pandya


Base Fantasy Team

Wicketkeepers: Wriddhiman Saha, Jos Buttler

Batters: Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal

Allrounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Rashid Khan

Key Notes: 

  • Mohammed Shami becomes important if Gujarat Titans bowl first. 
  • Similarly, Prasidh Krishna’s value increases in case Rajasthan Royals bowl first. 
  • The Final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss. 

Fantasy Board – Wicketkeepers: 

Jos Buttler

It was against Gujarat Titans in the league stage did Jos Buttler score his fastest fifty of the season (54 runs in 24 balls). But, now, he looks a pale shadow of the batter he was in the first half of the tournament. 

Jos Buttler in first 7 games: 491 runs, 82 avg, 162 SR

Jos Buttler in last 7 games: 138 runs, 20 avg, 111 SR

Jos Buttler vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs RM Pace in PP: 322 runs, 224 runs, 40 avg, 144 SR (Lost his wicket 4 times in 64 balls in 2022)

vs LM Pace in PP: 186 runs, 125 balls, 46 avg, 149 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 183 runs, 126 balls, 30 avg, 145 SR

Jos Buttler – Matchups that matter: 

vs Mohammed Shami: 40 runs, 30 balls, 2 outs, 133 SR 

vs Rashid Khan: 18 runs, 30 balls, 4 outs, 60 SR (Bunny Alert!)

Wriddhiman Saha: 

Wriddhiman Saha in IPL 2022: 312 runs, 39 avg, 125 SR

Since he came into the XI, no one has scored more runs than Wriddhiman Saha for Gujarat Titans. Expect another good outing for the 37-year-old today, as apart from Yuzvendra Chahal, there isn’t any real threat for him in the opposition bowling unit. 

Wriddhiman Saha vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs LM Pace in PP: 113 runs, 87 balls, 38 avg, 130 SR

vs RM Pace in PP: 171 runs, 151 balls, 34 avg, 113 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 49 runs, 60 balls, 6 outs, 82 SR

Wriddhiman Saha – Matchups that matter:

vs Yuzvendra Chahal: 50 runs, 41 balls, 2 outs, 122 SR

vs Trent Boult: 17 runs, 14 balls, 1 out, 121 SR

vs Ravichandran Ashwin: 31 runs, 24 balls, 0 outs, 129 SR

Sanju Samson: 

Sanju Samson in IPL 2022: 374 runs, 29 avg, 147 SR

Like Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson is also struggling for form. After being dropped from the Indian T20I team, this could be the opportunity for the Rajasthan Royals captain to remind the selectors what he’s capable of. The 27-year-old has dominating matchups against the Gujarat Titans’ bowlers and looks good for a 30+ score in this game. 

Sanju Samson vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs RM Pace in Ov (4-16): 448 runs, 328 balls, 28 avg, 137 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 296 runs, 219 balls, 42 avg, 135 SR

vs Left arm spin in Ov (7-16): 205 runs, 129 balls, 41 avg, 160 SR

vs RM Pace in Ov (7-16): 130 runs, 87 balls, 32 avg, 149 SR

Sanju Samson – Matchups that matter: 

vs Mohammed Shami: 46 runs, 26 balls, 1 out, 177 SR

vs Rashid Khan: 68 runs, 71 balls, 1 out, 96 SR


Fantasy Board – Batters: 

Shubman Gill: 

Shubman Gill in IPL 2022: 403 runs, 31 avg, 134 SR

Shubman Gill has struggled for consistency throughout the tournament (7 single-digit scores in 14 innings), with most of his runs coming in just 4 innings. The 22-year-old likes playing at Eden Gardens. With an average of 37 runs per wicket and strike rate of 143, Titans will want their opener to come good in this all-important game. Expect 40+ from Gill if he survives the early burst of Trent Boult. 

Shubman Gill vs bowling types in IPL: 

vs LM Pace in PP: 160 runs, 139 balls, 32 avg, 115 SR

vs RM Pace in PP: 353 runs, 276 balls, 35 avg, 128 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 254 runs, 187 balls, 19 avg, 136 SR 

Shubman Gill – Matchups that matter: 

vs Yuzvendra Chahal: 17 runs, 15 balls, 1 out, 113 SR

vs Trent Boult: 22 runs, 23 balls, 1 out, 96 SR 

vs Ravichandran Ashwin: 46 runs, 32 balls, 0 outs, 144 SR

Devdutt Padikkal: 

Devdutt Padikkal in IPL 2022: 337 runs, 24 avg, 128 SR

Devdutt Padikkal is adjusting well in the middle order role with five 30+ scores in seven innings. This game, however, looks tough for the 21-year-old as he will have to deal with Lockie Ferguson and Rashid Khan in the middle overs. 

Yash Dayal dismissed him on the first ball in the first encounter between Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans. 

Devdutt Padikkal vs bowling types in IPL:

vs RF Pace in Ov (7-16): 60 runs, 56 balls, 12 avg, 107 SR (Big Matchup alert)

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 149 runs, 112 balls, 74 avg, 133 SR

vs Left-arm spin in Ov (7-16): 98 runs, 64 balls, 1 out, 153 SR

Devdutt Padikkal – Matchups that matter:

vs Lockie Ferguson: 23 runs, 14 balls, 2 outs, 164 SR

vs Rashid Khan: 14 runs, 16 balls, 1 out, 87 SR

Yashasvi Jaiswal: 

Yashasvi Jaiswal in IPL 2022: 212 runs, 30 avg, 135 SR

Yashasvi Jaiswal in last 4 games: 187 runs, 47 avg, 140 SR

Jaiswal has been in fine form since his comeback to the XI, with 3 40+ scores in the last 4 innings. However, given the attacking style of the left-hander’s batting, he is not a reliable fantasy option against high-quality bowling sides. 

Yashasvi Jaiswal vs bowling types in IPL: 

vs RM Pace in PP: 144 runs, 107 balls, 72 avg, 135 SR

vs RM Pace in Ov (7-16): 74 runs, 52 balls, 12 avg, 142 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 52 runs, 32 balls, 52 avg, 169 SR

Yashasvi Jaiswal vs Rashid Khan: 13 runs, 9 balls, 1 out, 144 SR


Fantasy Board – Allrounders: 

Hardik Pandya: 

Hardik Pandya in IPL 2022: 413 runs, 41 avg, 132 SR

Hardik Pandya finally came back to form in the last game, scoring 62*(47). Hardik likes Eden Gardens, striking at almost 2 runs per ball there. In their first meeting, the Gujarat captain scored 87*(52) against Rajasthan Royals; with him resuming bowling again, he looks set for a good day in the office. 

Hardik Pandya vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 184 runs, 149 balls, 61 avg, 123 SR

vs Off spin in Ov (7-16): 114 runs, 74 balls, 0 outs, 154 SR

vs LM Pace in Ov (7-16): 45 runs, 28 balls, 45 avg, 161 SR

Hardik Pandya – Matchups that matter: 

vs Yuzvendra Chahal: 33 runs, 33 balls, 1 out, 100 SR

vs Trent Boult: 41 runs, 22 balls, 2 outs, 183 SR

vs Prasidh Krishna: 45 runs, 23 balls, 1 out, 196 SR

Ravichandran Ashwin: 

Ravichandran Ashwin in IPL 2022: 

With bat: 183 runs, 30 avg, 146 SR

With ball: 56 overs, 11 wkts, 30.5 SR

In the last game, Ashwin showcased his improved batting ability again with his match-winning knock of 40*(23) against Chennai Super Kings. However, this season, the 35-year-old has gone wicketless in 6 out of 14 innings. Leaving him out for a death bowler or an in-form batter can be the game-changer for you in mega leagues. 

Ravichandran Ashwin in IPL since 2018: 

In Powerplay: 58 overs, 14 wkts, 24.8 SR

In Ov (7-16): 188 overs, 36 wkts, 30.5 SR


Fantasy Board – Bowlers: 

Yuzvendra Chahal: 

Yuzvendra Chahal in IPL 2022: 56 overs, 26 wkts, 12.9 SR

Samson’s usage of Chahal makes him a high-quality fantasy option as the leg-spinner creates a lot of wicket-talking opportunities at the death. If Rajasthan Royals are defending a target, Chahal is one of the best C/VC options. 

Yuzvendra Chahal in Ov (15-17) this season: 15 overs, 14 wkts, 6.4 SR

Rashid Khan: 

Rashid Khan in IPL 2022: 56 overs, 18 wkts, 18.6 SR

Like Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya saves a couple of Rashid Khan’s overs for the back end of the innings, improving the Afghan leg-spinner’s fantasy potential. 

Rashid Khan in Ov (15-18) this season: 15 overs, 10 wkts, 9 SR

More than 50% of Rashid Khan’s season wickets have come in the death overs; therefore, if Gujarat Titans are defending a target, he becomes one of the safest C/VC picks. 


Predicted Playing XI

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(c, wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy, Prasidh Krishna 

Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Matthew Wade/Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal

The only change we expect from both sides is Gujarat Titans bringing in Sai Sudarshan or Abhinav Manohar for Matthew Wade. 

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