What can we expect from the Lucknow Super Giants this season?

Lucknow Supergiants, one of two new teams introduced to the IPL roster this season, are one of the few teams in IPL 2022 without any obvious flaws.

They also don’t have a lot of X-factor players. Lucknow’s first three picks were KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi, all of whom have the ability to transform the game.

Bishnoi might not have the same level of experience as Rahul or Stoinis, but he has already proven in his brief career that he is not the easiest to beat, even in the end. 

KL Rahul, the captain of Lucknow, should come out of his shell and play the attacking style of cricket that he is capable of and has shown in the past. Taking on the role of captain is admirable, but he must realise that his squad will gain most when he loosens the reins.

Quinton de Kock, the wicket-keeper batter who has relocated from the Mumbai Indians, will provide help for Rahul. Manish Pandey hasn’t been able to reach his full potential with Sunrisers Hyderabad and will be hoping for a change of fortune with a new franchise. 

●   Strength 

Lucknow’s bowling unit, whether it’s for spin or pace, appears to be exceptional. Prior to the auction, they signed Ravi Bishnoi and subsequently paid Rs 10 crore to bring Avesh Khan on board. Apart from them, the team’s assault is bolstered by the additions of Dushmanta Chameera, Deepak Hooda, Mayank Yadav, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, and Karan Sharma.

The group of all-rounders from various parts of the globe is the team’s highlight. Marcus Stoinis was chosen first, followed by Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Kyle Mayers. They’ve all done well with the bat as well, but their reputation is as bowlers.

●   Weakness 

There are fewer pure batters when there are too many bowlers and bowling all-rounders. Captain Rahul is the batting unit’s flag bearer, but the possibilities after that are limited. The remaining capped hitters with some international experience are Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, and Manish Pandey. Manan Vohra, Mohsin Khan, and Ayush Badoni are good players but don’t get enough recognition.

When it comes to scoring runs, the circumstance will make the squad more reliant on the all-rounders. That would be a worthwhile risk, but positive outcomes are far from assured.

LSG as a whole has the chance to make an impression at cricket’s greatest event. This will be the team’s inaugural season. Ravi Bishnoi, the spin magician, has the next big opportunity. With a strong showing in the IPL, he will be able to arrange a flight to Australia. Manish Pandey will bat at number three and can help the national squad make a comeback.

The threats are an over-reliance on all-rounders and player availability. The team features a lot of all-rounders, and they’ll be expected to perform well in both areas. The availability of foreign nationals is another threat. Mark Wood is a valuable asset, but the ECB will want to keep him in shape. 

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