5) Strong Indian backups

In the spin department, Shahbaz Nadeem can act as a replacement for youngster Ravi Bishnoi. On the other hand, the pacer Ankit Rajpoot returned with 10 wickets in four appearances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and emerged as UP’s best bowler in Ranji Trophy 2021/22 with 12 wickets in three matches.

4) Depth in batting

Out of their three wins, two have been won by chasing down the score, and on these occasions, the team got off to a good start and the middle order aced the crunch moments. Though the team lost against RR by a close call, Stoinis’ contribution at number eight (38* off 17 ) remained significant.

3) Impressive track record of support staff

LSG have the presence of experienced support staff in the form of Gautam Gambhir, Andy Flower, and Vijay Dahiya. The two-time IPL champion and former Indian cricketer, Gambhir, is the mentor of the team and is one of the key decision-makers, which will prove to be valuable due to his experience in facing different situations.

2) Experienced opening pair

In a total of 99 appearances in the tournament, Rahul has opened on 67 occasions and amassed 2905 runs at an average of 50.93. On the other hand, Quinton has batted at the opening slot in all his 82 innings in IPL and has 2444 runs at an average of 31.74.

1) Quality all-rounders

The team management has put together a strong team that has covered its bases in both departments of the game. The two all-rounders, Krunal Pandya and Jason Holder, already have proved their skills in the previous editions of the IPL and can play a crucial role to clinch the title victory.