Fantasy XI - Dindigul Dragons (DD) vs Salem Spartans (SS)

WK: Adithya Ganesh

BAT: Shivam Singh, Kaushik Gandhi, Vimal Khumar

AR: Sunny Sandhu, P Saravana Kumar, M Mathivannan

BOWL: Abhishek Tanwar, Varun Chakravarthy, Subodh Bhati, Sachin Rathi

C/VC: Subodh Bhati, Sunny Sandhu

Alternatives: N Selvakumaran (9.9%), G Kishoor, Aushik Srinivas

C/VC Alternatives: Shivam Singh, Varun Chakravarthy

Indian Cements Cricket Ground, Tirunelveli – Venue Notes

Average First Innings Score in TNPL at Tirunelveli: 152

Batting First vs Batting Second in TNPL at Tirunelveli: Win Bat 1st - 47%, Win Bat 2nd - 53%

DD-SS Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in TNPL: Kaushik Gandhi(3)

DD-SS Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in TNPL: None

Pitch Report: The chasing team dominated and almost won all their matches at this venue last year. It is likely to be a fresh surface in the initial matches but generally, it is a slow surface where spinners and particularly left arm orthodox bowlers have had the most success.

Predicted Playing XI - Dindigul Dragons (DD) vs Salem Spartans (SS)

Dindigul Dragons: Vimal Khumar, Shivam Singh, Adithya Ganesh, Suboth Bhati, Baba Indrajith(c&wk), Boopathi Kumar, Sarath Kumar, Saravana Kumar, M Mathivannan, G Kishoor, Varun Chakravarthy

Impact - Aushik Srinivas

Salem Spartans: S Aravind, Kaushik Gandhi, R Kavin(wk), Sunny Sandhu, Mokit Hariharan, S Abishiek, Muhammad Adnan Khan, Abhishek Tanwar©, RS Jaganath Srinivas, Akash Sumra

Impact - N Selva Kumaran

Dindigul Dragons (DD) vs Salem Spartans (SS) - Stat Box


How players from DD performed at Tirunelveli

Baba Indrajith: Inns - 11, Runs - 167, Avg - 17, SR - 103

Adithya Ganesh: Inns - 7, Runs - 157, Avg - 31, SR - 106

P Saravana Kumar: Inns - 6, Runs - 42, Avg - 42, SR - 91, Wickets - 8

Varun Chakravarthy: Inns - 6, Wickets - 6, Avg - 22, Eco - 5.9

Aushik Srinivas: Inns - 14, Wickets - 17, Avg - 20, Eco - 6.3


How players from SS performed at Tirunelveli

Abhishek Tanwar: Inns - 16, Runs - 146, Avg - 15, SR - 125, Wickets - 4, Bowl Avg - 91, Eco - 7.7

Kaushik Gandhi: Inns - 16, Runs - 457, Avg - 33, SR - 131

Maan Bafna: Inns - 8, Runs - 108, Avg - 13, SR - 111, Wickets - 6

R Kavin: Inns - 8, Runs - 96, Avg - 14, SR - 92

Mokit Hariharan: Inns - 7, Runs - 74, Avg - 10, SR - 79, Wickets - 1

Akash Sumra: Inns - 9, Runs - 97, Avg - 14, SR - 112, Wickets - 5

Ganesh Moorthi: Inns - 13, Runs - 62, Avg - 15, SR - 103, Wickets - 7, Bowl Avg - 40

S Abishiek: Inns - 6, Runs - 39, Avg - 6, SR - 63

Amit Sathvik: 26, 20

Sunny Sandhu: 14+1w

Muhammad Adnan Khan: 13

Dindigul Dragons (DD) vs Salem Spartans (SS) vs Salem Spartans (SS) - Fantasy Notes

Points to consider

  • Base Team picks: Shivam Singh, Kaushik Gandhi, Sunny Sandhu, P Saravana Kumar, Abhishek Tanwar, Subodh Bhati, Varun Chakravarthy, Sachin Rathi


  • Baba Indrajith has demoted himself down the order in the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin and the team needed batting stability in the middle order. He also struggles against left arm orthodox spin which the Spartans will look to attack him with, using their two quality left-arm spinners (Sachin Rathi, N Selva Kumaran, plus Mokit Hariharan)
  • Adithya Ganesh is a good player against left arm orthodox spin and has now become an important player in their batting unit. We will consider backing him in our team especially if DD are chasing.


  • Shivam Singh and Kaushik Gandhi have looked in good touch this season and we will back them in our base team.
  • R Vimal Khumar will be key for Dindigul Dragons inorder to counter Salem's double left-arm spin threat. He is a left handed batter and that gives him better leverage to counter that bowling type. He will face some threats from Tanwar and Sandhu early on, especially if he is batting first. On the other hand, he will become an important part our fantasy team if he is chasing.
  • Mokit Hariharan now has allround value as he will bat in the middle order and also bowl a couple of overs of his left arm orthodox spin at this ground.


  • Sunny Sandhu and P Saravana Kumar are in good form, therefore both these bowlers will be part of our team. Sandhu in particular, has been promoted to Number 4 in the last 2 games and this has boosted his fantasy potential massively. He is a default captaincy pick in this match for that reason.
  • M Mathivannan as we expected put out an amazing performance in his first game at Tirunelveli this season. Back him as a differential pick as he is selected in only 22% of the teams and he can also contribute some runs in the lower order.


  • Abhishek Tanwar, Varun Chakravarthy and Subodh Bhati should be automatic picks.
  • Left arm spinners - N Selvakumaran and Sachin Rathi from Salem Spartans picked up 3 wickets each in their first game and we will look to back at least one of them in our teams. 
  • Similarly, since we have been going all in on left arm spin bowlers, we will also mention Dindigul's Aushik Srinivas, who also gives us some differential value.


Note: Return after 15 minutes of the toss for a fully updated XI, Also stay tuned to our telegram channel for regular updates

Stats Credit: Cricinfo, Cricmetric