It has been predicted for long that there will be an expansion of teams in the Indian Premier League. That has been confirmed a few months ago when 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 2022 Mega 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 2022 Mega Auction, LSG bought 18 players more with their remaining 59 crores. They are the only team who have nothing left in their purse.
Avesh Khan was Lucknow Super Giants’ most expensive player in the Auction. He was bought for a whooping 10 crores. After him, the next expensive buy of LSG was West Indian allrounder Jason Holder. They bought him for a massive 8.75 crores.
Except the top three 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 2022 Final Squad
Batsmen : Evin Lewis, KL Rahul, Manan Vohra and Manish Pandey
Wicket-keeper : Quinton de Kock
All-rounders : Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Karan Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham and Krunal Pandya
Fast bowlers : Dushmantha Chameera and Mark Wood, Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Mayank Yadav and Mohsin Khan
Spinners : Ravi Bishnoi and Shahbaz Nadeem
IPL 2022 : Lucknow Super Giants Team Analysis
LSG 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Squad : All-Rounders
This is the strongest area of LSG 2022 IPL squad. LSG has a total of five all-rounder options including Krunal Pandya, Stoinis, Holder, Hooda and Gowtham. It would be exciting to see if all these five players will get a chance in the LSG 2022 playing 11 or not.
Marcus Stoinis and Jason Holder, they both are hard hitters of the cricket ball. Krunal Pandya can provide the required left-hand variety in batting.
LSG 2022 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 2022 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, Jason Holder 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 2022 squad, which is able to compete against the IPL’s biggest gunslingers.
LSG Playing 11 2022 (Probable XI)
- KL Rahul (c)
- Quinton de Kock (wk)
- Manish Pandey
- Krunal Pandya
- Jason Holder
- Deepak Hooda
- Marcus Stoinis
- Krishnappa Gowtham
- Mark Wood
- Avesh Khan
- Ravi Bishnoi