IPL 2022 Auction: Decoding the squad of Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) are set for their formal debut in the Indian Premier League this season. Ahead of the same, they roped in several world-class players during the 2022 auction. KL Rahul will captain Lucknow in their debut season. LSG spent Rs. 17 crore to acquire Rahul's services. They have also signed Marcus Stoinis (Rs. 9.2 crore) and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs. 4 crore).
Presenting the complete squad of Lucknow Super Giants
A look at Lucknow Super Giants' complete squad: KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi, Marcus Stoinis, Quinton de Kock, Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Ankit Rajpoot, K Gowtham, Dushmanta Chameera, Shahbaz Nadeem, Manan Vohra, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Evin Lewis, Mayank Yadav
Key buys during the auction
Lucknow Super Giants' biggest signing on Saturday was Avesh Khan. They spent Rs. 10 crore in purchasing him after an intense bidding war. Lucknow shelled out Rs. 8.75 crore for Jason Holder and are paying Rs. 8.25 crore to Krunal Pandya for the 2022 season. They signed Quinton De Kock for Rs. 6.25 crore and roped in Mark Wood for Rs. 7.50 crore.
LSG look heavy in all-round departments
Lucknow's squad looks heavy in the pace and all-round department. However, they don't have any genuine power-hitter. Mark Wood and Avesh Khan lead their bowling. They can also rely upon the services of Ankit Rajpoot. Rahul could open the innings alongside De Kock. Manish Pandey can come in handy in middle-order. LSG have signed four recognized all-rounders - Stoinis, Holder, Krunal, and Hooda.
What can be LSG's playing XI in IPL 2022?
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul (captain and wicket-keeper), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, K Gowtham, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan, Mark Wood, Shahbaz Nadeem