The Lucknow Super Giants are one of two new teams to enter
the Indian Premier League in 2022, and the Sanjeev Goenka-owned franchise have
built one of the most formidable squads at the auction, with Indian opener KL
Rahul at the helm alongside international stars such as Quinton de Kock, Marcus
Stoinis and Jason Holder.
The Lucknow Super Giants have built one of the most balanced
teams in the competition, with plenty of superstar names littered across the XI
that are capable of changing the game in an instant. The Super Giants have one
of the strongest opening combinations in the IPL, with KL Rahul partnered by
South African left-hander Quinton de Kock. Both Rahul and de Kock are two of
the most successful openers in IPL history in recent times and complement each
other brilliantly at the top of the order due to their contrasting styles.
Lucknow also have plenty of all-rounders in their side to
lend balance, as Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya and
Krishnappa Gowtham can contribute with bat and ball. In the bowling department,
KL Rahul has a wealth of options to choose from to control the middle overs,
with Ravi Bishnoi, Jason Holder and Krunal Pandya having enjoyed plenty of
success in this phase in the IPL in the years gone by.
Despite all the talent in their XI, Lucknow only have seven
overseas players in their squad in 2022, and of those seven foreigners, Mark
Wood has already been ruled out for the entire season due to injury. Wood’s
injury weakens Lucknow’s bowling attack considerably, especially in the
powerplay and middle-overs where he could be used as an enforcer due to his
Lucknow’s death-bowling line-up is also on the weaker side
in IPL 2021, with the likes of Avesh Khan, Jason Holder and Dushmantha Chameera
more suited to bowling through the powerplay and middle-overs.
Player to watch out for: Ravi
Ravi Bishnoi was one of Lucknow’s three retentions for IPL
2022 alongside KL Rahul and Marcus Stoinis, and the leg-spinner has since gone
on to make his debut for India in T20 cricket, picking up four wickets in four
T20Is for the Men in Blue. The 2020 U-19 World Cup finalist is one of the most
promising youngsters in Indian cricket, averaging 25 at an economy of 6.9 in 23
IPL matches and gaining plenty of success with his high usage of googlies.
Likely Playing XI
KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda,
Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dushmantha
Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan