IPL 2022: Best starting XI of Lucknow Super Giants after mega auction IPL 2022: Best Starting XI for Lucknow Super Giants

IPL 2022: Best starting XI of Lucknow Super Giants after mega auction

Lucknow Super Giants named KL Rahul as their skipper for IPL 2022.

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

One of the new franchises Lucknow Super Giants did an excellent job in the IPL 2022 mega auction and they managed to pick a squad that boasted of a lot of all-rounders and match winners. The Indian contingent was spot on for the franchise as they came into the mega auction with purse money left of 59 Crores and they have made the best out of it. A lot of experts had rated their auction strategy to be among the top.

Lucknow retained the likes of KL Rahul (INR 17 crore), Marcus Stonis (INR 9.2 crore) and uncapped Ravi Bishnoi (INR 4 crore) and it turned out to be a huge bonus as they sorted out the captaincy, wicketkeeper, all-rounder and a wrist spinner already. They roped in Gautam Gambhir as their mentor and Avesh Khan was the side’s most expensive player in the auction for INR 10 crore.

Best Starting XI for Lucknow Super Giants:

1. KL Rahul (c)

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Twitter/Indian Premier League)

KL Rahul was retained by the Lucknow Super Giants franchise ahead of the mega auction and he will be leading the side as well. The right-hander has been one of the consistent batters in the last four seasons of IPL for the Punjab Kings and the added responsibility of captaincy has taken his batting to another level. He has the ability to play the anchor role as well as can be one of the most destructive batters going around.

Rahul will be relieved of the duties of wicketkeeping with de Kock in the side as a pure batter and the former will be able to express himself a lot more now. Opening the innings has been the preferred position for Rahul in the T20 format especially and he is likely to blend in well with mentor Gautam Gambhir in the side.

Rahul accumulated more than 500 runs in the last four seasons for the Punjab Kings and bagged the orange cap in IPL 2020. He had a staggering last season with 626 runs in 13 games at an average of 62.60 and finished as the third-highest run-getter in the race for the orange cap.

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