Lucknow Super Giants, one of the new franchises, performed admirably in the IPL 2022 mega auction, assembling a squad that included a number of all-rounders and match winners. The Indian contingent was spot on for the franchise, as they entered the mega auction with 59 crores in purse money remaining and made the most of it. Many experts rated their auction strategy as one of the best.
KL Rahul (INR 17 crore), Marcus Stonis (INR 9.2 crore), and uncapped Ravi Bishnoi (INR 4 crore) were retained by Lucknow, which turned out to be a huge bonus because they had already sorted out the captaincy, wicketkeeper, all-rounder, and wrist spinner. Gautam Gambhir was hired as their coach, and Avesh Khan was the most expensive player in the auction, costing INR 10 crore.
KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock – Openers
Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul, the opening pair for the Lucknow Super Giants, are outstanding. In the shortest format, they are two of the best openers. The duo is expected to cause havoc with the bat and provide the team with a strong start at the top of the order. In recent seasons, KL Rahul has consistently ranked among the top run-scorers. It will be interesting to see how he performs with the bat for a new franchise.
Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda – Middle-Order
Manish Pandey is a strong contender for third place. Last season, he hit a lot of runs, but his strike rate was a big question mark. Manish Pandey is a gifted player. That is without a doubt the case. If Lucknow can give him the confidence he needs this season, he can bring his “A” game. Deepak Hooda, on the other hand, has only recently made his Indian debut and is full of confidence. He’d like to have a fantastic season.
Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham – All-Rounders
Due to the presence of many all-rounders, the Lucknow Super Giants’ batting unit has a lot of depth. They have a lot of firepower in Marcus Stoinis and Jason Holder. Both are excellent finishers who can make crucial contributions in the second half of an innings. Krishnappa Gowtham and Krunal Pandya will follow them, both of whom can clear the ropes while also providing spin options with the ball.
Mark Wood, Ravi Bishnoi, and Avesh Khan – Bowlers
Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan, two talented bowlers have joined the Lucknow Super Giants. This year, the two will split the bowling duties. Ravi Bishnoi will be their best bet in the spin department. He has a fantastic googly that most players have struggled to master.