Dream11 Rule No.1: Ground and Pitch Report
Always check the pitch report and the ground where the match will be played and then choose your side.
If the pitch helps more for spinners ( like Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai) then you should go for 3-4 spinners like CSK always do.
If the match is being played in Wankhede Stadium, then there is a high chance of getting a high scoring match due to its flat wicket. In this case, you should pick more batsmen and fewer spinners as spinners go for a lot of runs in Mumbai.
Dream11 Rule No.2: Check the player’s status and whether they are available or not
Many newbies do this mistake of not checking the player status and pick players who are not even in the playing 11 and waste there credits on a player who is not playing.
You should not do that! Always check the player status and if you can’t, just edit the team you picked before the toss if someone of your Dream11 is not in the Playing11.
Dream11 Rule No.3: Choose your Captain and Vice-Captain wisely
This will either make or break your Dream11 Team performance. In my opinion, you should always choose players who have proven their capabilities in the past,(De-Russ, Universe Boss, ABD, King Kohli, Hit-man ) and 9/10 times they will score Big !! ( But also give importance to recent form )
Dream11 Rule No.4: All-Rounders are the most important component of your Dream11
All-Rounders are the one who brings stability into your side and gives more options for you to score Big in the Dream11!
But if not chosen correctly, you won’t rip the maximum benefits out of this option!
Always check if the all-rounders available for the match and if they are available whether they bowl and bat in matches regularly.
For example, Ben Stokes is a great all-rounder but he hasn’t bowled a lot the entire season and his Batting also hasn’t been promising. So there is no point in picking Ben Stokes and better you should pick a genuine bowler or a batsman who will complete their quota of 4 overs or bat for sure !!
But picking someone like a Sunil Narine would be very productive because he opens the batting for KKR and almost in every match bowls his quota of 4 overs.
Dream11 Rule No.5: Also, keep in mind about the players with good fielding capabilities
If you are stuck with two similar players and are unable to pick one of them, then choose the one with better fielding techniques !!
I remember I was confused to choose between David Miller and Sarfaraz Khan and then I asked myself who is a better fielder and who can give me a run-out or a good catch. My immediate answer was Miller and he didn’t disappoint me. Though none of them scored big, Miller took 3 important catches which boosted my Points.
Dream11 Rule No.6: Last but probably the most important DREAM11 RULE
Don’t get carried away when you are not winning in the first innings or you haven’t got a high rank in the first innings of the match.
Things change rapidly in the 2nd Innings and it has happened with me a lot!
In a low scoring thriller between MI and SRH where Alzarri Joseph took 6-12 in his bowling spell, I was ranked low as I choose many batsmen from MI but they didn’t perform but I had many bowlers from MI as well and I had picked Joseph in my side and he surprised everyone with his skills which helped me go higher up in the leaderboard.
Following these tips for sure will help you a lot more than you think. Choose your teams wisely with some research and you will get the results that you want.