It has been predicted for long that there will be an expansion of teams in the Indian Premier League. The IPL governing council announced that Ahmedabad and Lucknow would be the two new franchises in IPL 2022. Prior to the commencement of new season of IPL, All the 10 teams have build up their final squads for the upcoming seasons. Lucknow Super Giants will enter the tournament with a fresh approach. In this article we will talk about Lucknow Super Giants latest team updates.
LSG IPL 2023 Auction Review
LSG initiated its IPL campaign from auction process by drafting in three players – KL Rahul(17cr), Marcus Stoinis(10cr), and Ravi Bishnoi(4cr). The star studded trio cost Lucknow Super Giants a total of 31 crore from the total 90 crore purse limit.
Later in the IPL 2023 Mini Auction, LSG bought the following players:-
- Nicholas Pooran (INR 16 crore)
- Jaydev Unadkat (INR 50 lakh)
- Yash Thakur (INR 45 lakh)
- Romario Shepherd (INR 50 lakh)
- Daniel Sams (INR 75 lakh)
- Amit Mishra (INR 50 lakh)
- Prerak Mankad (INR 20 lakh)
- Swapnil Singh (INR 20 lakh)
- Naveen-ul-Haq (INR 50 lakh)
- Yudhvir Charak (INR 20 lakh)
Except a few players in the lineup, all other are able to bowl regularly. This provides an immense bowling depth to the team along with the batting options. Lucknow tried to test their luck mainly on all-rounders or multi-skilled players to make their playing XI and they succeeded in doing that. Overall, LSG were successful in their approach for the auction.
LSG IPL 2023 Squad
KL Rahul, Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma, Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock, Marcus Stoinis, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat, Yash Thakur, Romario Shepherd, Daniel Sams, Amit Mishra, Prerak Mankad, Swapnil Singh, Naveen ul Haq, Yudhvir Charak
IPL 2023 : Lucknow Super Giants Team Analysis
LSG 2023 Squad : Batsmen
De Kock and KL Rahul are the perfect opening pair for any team. One major advantage offered by the duo is right and left hand combination. They also have a lot of skillful all-rounders who are power hitters. Manish Pandey is a middle-order batsman who can take the innings further. Their middle order, comprising Holder, Hooda, Pandey and Stoinis has a steely look to it as well. LSG lacks a batsman who can stick throughout the innings and play an anchor role for the team.
LSG 2023 Squad : Wicketkeepers
Lucknow Super Giants have two wicket keeping options and both of them are their openers. It is very likely that the South African keeper batsman will be given the responsibility of keeping the gloves for LSG. Being the captain, KL Rahul will prefer to be on the field rather than behind the wickets.
LSG 2023 Squad : All-Rounders
This is the strongest area of LSG 2023 IPL squad. LSG has a lot of all-rounder options including Krunal Pandya, Stoinis, Hooda and Gowtham. It would be exciting to see if all these players will get a chance in the LSG 2023 playing 11 or not.
Marcus Stoinis and Deepak Hooda, they both are hard hitters of the cricket ball. Krunal Pandya can provide the required left-hand variety in batting.
LSG 2023 Squad : Bowlers
The bowling attack of LSG also looks quite good on paper. However, the lack of experience might arise some kind of problem. Avesh Khan and Mark Wood are the leading duo of pace bowling at LSG. The new franchise picked youngster Ravi Bishnoi as a draft player for 4 crores, who gives immense quality in the spin department.
LSG IPL 2023 Team Review
Lucknow has been successful in keeping a backup of each position. Dushmanta Chameera and Ankit Rajpoot are the backup options for pace bowling. Shahbaaz Nadeem is also a quality spinner in the backup. LSG holds a variety of all-rounders in the form of K Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya.
Lucknow Super Giants have been able to cover almost every position by targeting multi-skilled players. It would be exciting to see that if Lucknow Super Giants remain ‘just another new kid in town’ or offers great competition to the remaining teams.
LSG have done quit a good job in building their IPL 2023 squad, which is able to compete against the IPL’s biggest gunslingers.
LSG Playing 11 2023 (Probable XI)
- KL Rahul (c)
- Quinton de Kock (wk)
- Nicholas Pooran
- Ayush Badoni
- Krunal Pandya
- Deepak Hooda
- Marcus Stoinis
- Jaydev Unadkat
- Mark Wood
- Avesh Khan
- Ravi Bishnoi