The 2019 Cricket World Cup has been an exhilarating ride for players and fans alike so far.
In juxtaposition to the action taking place on the cricket field, the tournament has also seen a surge in the number of fantasy players who frantically scramble to set their playing combinations before the clock runs out.
With 17 matches completed in the tournament so far, it is an appropriate time for us to take a look at some great budget options (8-8.5 Cr) for your BalleBaazi fantasy cricket teams.
Lockie Ferguson (8.5 Cr) – 117 points
The Kiwi first-change quick bowler has made a smashing start to the tournament so far. Ferguson’s 4-wicket haul against Afghanistan in New Zealand’s previous match earned him a mammoth 59 points.
Ferguson’s ability to execute the perfect short ball will stand him in good stead as the tournament progresses. Keep him on your watchlist!
Liam Plunkett (8 Cr) – 67 points
England’s hit-the-deck bowler is a crucial cog in their bowling wheel. Plunkett, who did not feature in England’s damaging loss to Pakistan, is a good wicket taking option for your side and is also handy with the bat.
Plunkett, who has picked up 3 wickets in the tournament so far, can be a decent addition for your team going forward.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (8 Cr) – 95 points
Australian seamer Nathan Coulter-Nile burst on to the scene after smashing 92 quick-fire runs against the West Indies last week.
Primarily, though, Coulter-Nile is Australia’s first change bowler who keeps it tight in the middle overs and occasionally picks up crucial wickets for his side.
Coulter-Nile's all-round potential has seen him amass 95 points already this tournament. He is an excellent budget pick for your side.
Chris Morris (8.5 Cr) – 81 points
South African all-rounder Chris Morris has completed just two full matches in the tournament so far but has already earned 81 points.
The all-rounder's high fantasy score is a testament to his ability to make a difference with the bat and the ball with equal effect.
If his price continues to remain the same, Morris should be nailed-on in your BalleBaazi fantasy sides going forward.
KL Rahul (8Cr) – 25 points
KL Rahul has not had the opportunity to make a major impact in the tournament so far.
Priced at just 8 Cr, Rahul faced just 3 balls against the Aussies and scored 26 runs in 42 balls against the Proteas.
However, with Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of India’s next two matches against New Zealand and Pakistan, KL Rahul is likely to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. He will have a fantastic opportunity to make his mark and cement his place in the Indian team.
KL Rahul can be a fantastic bargain for your BalleBaazi fantasy teams.
Sheldon Cottrell (8.5 Cr) – 85 points
The West Indies have picked up more wickets in the first 10 overs than any team in the World Cup so far.
That is mostly due to the extraordinary exploits of Windies pacer Sheldon Cottrell.
Cottrell has picked up 5 wickets from 3 matches played in the tournament so far, with one of them being washed out after just 7 overs.
Cottrell’s ability to extract that extra bounce from the English surface has worked wonders for him the in the tournament thus far. He can be a great addition for your side going forward.