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Cricket Predictions: Can You Do Better?

We are back at it – Cricket Predictions!

The IPL hangover is finally over. The T20 season is coming to a close with the IPL, PSL, and now the WBBL approaching its end. The IPL had a predictable ending with Mumbai Indians winning again, introduced us to some new faces, and most importantly, taught us beautiful life lessons.

It was great fun while it lasted, but the last week has been slow and agonizing without any international cricket.

BUT the wait is finally over! Now, we will have proper cricket. Tests, ODI, T20 Internationals. Six countries will be playing on the same day.

India vs Australia, New Zealand vs West Indies, England vs South Africa.

November 27, Remember the Date.

The Rules

With the IPL, we did a pre-IPL prediction and post-IPL prediction results. It was a really fun exercise, and so we are doing it again!

Here are the upcoming series:

  • #IndvAus: 3 ODI, 3 T20I, 4 Tests
  • #NZvWI: 3 T20I, 2 Tests
  • #EngvSA: 3 T20I, 3 ODI

We asked the Twitter crowd these questions with #SeriesPredictions:

  • #Scoreline
  • #MVP
  • #MostRuns
  • #MostWickets  
  • #EmergingPlayer 
  • #SurprisePackage

Note, we will focus on the Test series for the IndvAus and NZvWI series, but look at limited overs combined for the EngvSA series.

And guess was, there are no rules! You can do the predictions as you wish – for 1 series or all 3! Just have fun!

So who do you think we will emerge as the winner? Who will be the surprise package? Reece Topley, Kyle Jamieson? Pucovski and Green? Who will win the battle of the off-spinners, R Ashwin vs Nathan Lyon?

So many questions, so little time.

So without further ado, here are mine:

My Predictions

#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 1-2 (T20I), 1-1 (Tests)1-2 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)0-3 (T20I), 2-1 (ODI)
#MVPHanuma Vihari (Ind), Labuschagne (Aus)Trent Boult (NZ), Roston Chase (WI)Moeen Ali (Eng), Van der Dussen (SA)
#MostRunsAjinkya RahaneRoss TaylorQuinton de Kock
#MostWicketsHazlewoodTrent Boult-Jason Holder (tied)Anrich Nortje
#EmergingPlayerWill PucovskiJoshua De SilvaLiam Livingstone
#SurprisePackageAshwinKyle JamiesonSam Curran?

The Prediction

Here are the responses we received from my Twitter post. Enjoy!

1. Jimmy Ciego
  • #ENGvSA: 2-1 (T20I), 2-1 (ODI)
2. The Hundred Report
  • #IndvAus: 1-2 (ODI). 2-1 (T20), 1-2 (Tests)
  • #NZvWI: 2-1 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)
  • #SAvEng: 2-1 (T20I), 2-1 (ODI)
  • “I love mighty Mo – I think this will be last chance saloon for him sadly so fingers crossed he makes an impact”
3. TheCricketMen
  • #IndvAus: 1-2 (ODI). 2-1 (T20I), 1-3 (Tests)
  • #NZvWI: 2-1 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)
  • #SAvEng: 2-1 (T20I), 2-1 (ODI)
4. Rohan Gulavani (Ind-Aus)
  • #Scoreline: 2-1 (ODI), 2-1 (T20I), 0-3 (Tests)
  • #MVP: Mayank (India), Warner (Aus)
  • #MostRuns: Warner
  • #MostWickets: Lyon
  • #EmergingPlayer: Pucovski/Green
  • #SurprisePackage: Green/Vihari
5. Ansh Sharma
#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 2-1 (T20I), 2-1 (Tests)2-1 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)
#MVPBumrah(Ind), Labuschagne (Aus)Trent Boult (NZ), Jason Holder (WI)
#MostRunsMarnus LabuschagneKane Williamson
#MostWicketsPat CumminsTrent Boult
#EmergingPlayerWill PucovskiTom Blundell
#SurprisePackageMayank AgarwalKyle Jamieson
6. Aayush Mahajan
#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 2-1 (T20I), 1-3 (Tests)2-1(T20I), 1-2(ODI)
#MVPMayank Agarwal (Ind), Smith (Aus)Sam Curran (Eng), Faf du Plessis (SA)
#MostRunsSteven SmithQuinton de Kock
#MostWicketsCumminsKagiso Rabadda
#EmergingPlayerWill PucovskiLiam Livingstone
#SurprisePackageAshwinHeinrich Klassen

Here is the winner from last time, Vandit! Can lightning strike twice? I guess we will find out…

7. Vandit (IndvAus)
#Scoreline1-2 (ODI), 2-1 (T20I), 1-3 (Tests)2-1 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)3-0 (T20I), 2-1 (ODI)
#MVPMayank Agarwal (Ind), Josh Hazlewood(Aus)Trent Boult (NZ), Kemar Roach (WI)Jason Roy (Eng), Anrich Nortje (SA)
#MostRunsSteven SmithKane WilliamsonJason Roy
#MostWicketsJosh HazlewoodTrent BoultMark Wood
#EmergingPlayerWill PucovskiChemar HolderJanneman Malan
#SurprisePackageJoe BurnsShamarh BrooksSam Billings
8. In-depth Football and Cricket
#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 2-1 (T20I), 1-3 (Tests)1-2 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)2-1 (T20I), 2-1 (T20I)
#MVPPujara (Ind), Labuschagne (Aus)Watling (NZ), Holder (WI)Morgan (Eng), Quinton de Kock (SA)
#MostRunsSmithKane WilliamsonQuinton de Kock
#MostWicketsCumminsWagnerAdil Rashid
#EmergingPlayerCameron GreenWill YoungGeorge Linde
#SurprisePackageSirajJamiesonSam Curran

9. Mohd Shamir Ansari

#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 1-2 (T20I), 2-1, 1 Draw (Tests)1-2 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)2-1 (T20I), 1-2 (ODI)
#MVPKL Rahul (Ind), Travis Head (Aus)Colin de Grandhomme (NZ) , Jason Holder (WI)Jason Roy (Eng), Andile Phehlukwayo (SA)
#MostRuns*KL RahulHenry NichollsFaf du Plessis
#MostWicketsJasprit BumrahNeil WagnerKagiso Rabada
#EmergingPlayerMohammed SirajShimron HetmyerReece Topley
#SurprisePackageJoe BurnsTom LathamJJ Smuts
*Rohit Sharma was the first choice but Sharma has been ruled out for the first 2 Tests
10. Rahul Kumar
#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 1-2 (T20I), 1-2 (Tests)1-2 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)0-3 (T20I), 2-1 (ODI)
#MVPBumrah(Ind), Labuschagne (Aus)Williamson (NZ), Holder (WI)Morgan(Eng), Rabada (SA)
#MostRunsWarner/RahaneRoss TaylorFaf/Jos
#MostWicketsHazlewoodTrent BoultArcher
#EmergingPlayerWill PucovskiJamiesonJ Malan
#SurprisePackageMayank/RahulChemar HolderNortje
11. JustCricket
#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 1-2 (T20I), 1-2 (Tests)1-2 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)2-1 (T20I), 1-2 (ODI)
#MVPBumrah(Ind), Cummins(Aus)HolderRashid (Eng), QDK (SA)
#MostRunsSteve SmithWilliamsonQDK
#EmergingPlayerCam GreenJamiesonJanneman Malan
#SurprisePackageCam GreenBrooksJanneman Malan
12. Pratyush
#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 2-1 (T20I), 1-2 (Tests)1-2 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)3-0 (T20I), 2-1 (ODI)
#MVPVihari (Ind), Labuschagne (Aus)Wagner (NZ), Chase (WI)Morgan (Eng), Van der Dussen (SA)
#MostRunsPujaraWilliamsonQuinton de Kock
#EmergingPlayerWill PucovskiJoshua De SilvaVerreynne
#SurprisePackageGillWill YoungSam Curran
13. Crazy Anand
#Scoreline2-1 (ODI), 2-1 (T20I), 1-1 (Tests)1-2 (T20I), 2-0 (Tests)2-1 (T20I), 2-1 (ODI)
#MVPMayank Agarwal (Ind), Marnus Labuschagne (Aus)CDG (NZ) Roston Chase (WI)Chris Woakes (Eng), Rassie Van der Dussen (SA)
#MostRunsMarnus LabuschagneRoss TaylorQDK
#MostWicketsPat CumminsNeil WagnerRabada
#EmergingPlayerPucovskiJoshua De SilvaLiam Livingstone
#SurprisePackageRahul, GillKyle JamiesonSam Curran

The Opinions

We also had some interesting discussions, opinions, and even some warnings.

1. Arnab Bhattacharyya

Everyone has been dismissing India’s chance in the BG Trophy – Test series . I have a feeling we will do well there , provided all of them stay injury free. We are a better team in the white ball format , so winning them wont be a surprise .

2. Rohan Gulavani

I feel first Test in Adelaide may be over in less than 4 days..

  1. Both sides playing a test after long time..rustiness..
  2. India has not played DN test except Kolkata one
  3. Both side have quality bowlers. Evening sessions could be very productive for bowlers..

3. Johnny

For #SAvEng I just hope they get on the pitch. If they do, England probably win both 2-1. They don’t seem to be taking ODIs that seriously right now which could give SA a chance but most of them have had either a decent IPL or a good rest so will be ready to go…

4. Scripurient

In terms of #IndvAus, t will be very,very competitive as is the case usually with the two sides. In terms of the scoreline, I reckon its:-

  • T20s:- 2-1 (Ind) ODIs:- 1-2 (Aus) Tests:- 1-2 (1 drawn) – Aus

Tough to predict though, very tough!

For #EngvSA, well, first they need to get over natural obstacles (rain)

If all matches do commence as plan, my predictions are:- T20s:- 2-1 (could potentially be 3-0 if Eng plays a full-strength team) ODIs:- 2-1 Both in favor of England.

5. TheRedCherry:

ODIs: India to win 2-1 T20I’s: Aussies to win 2-1 Tests: 2-1 for Aussies…

ENG vs SA: T20I’S – 2-1 ODIs – 3-0 (both in favour of England)

6. Sabeeha Majid responds:

3-0?? Give us a shot at least. We did beat the aussies 3-0

Interesting conversation this….

7. Sehrish

Some interesting predictions but I believe ENGvSA will be the closest one. 3-0 seems way too off, 2-1, quite possible.

8. Aayush Mahajan

NZvWI tough to predict due to unpredictable nature of the Windies


In any case, I hope this prediction game is just as fun for you, as it is for me!

Let us hope for competitive and enthralling matches, uninterrupted and safe few months, and most of all, sportsmanship displays and moments to cherish.

Enjoy, and keep on coming with the predictions if you have not already. I will be keeping track.

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