New Delhi: Lucknow Supergiants, captained by KL Rahul, made their debut in the IPL last season itself and this team was successful in showing a great game in its very first season. The team had qualified for the playoffs but could not go further than that. Rahul will try his best that his team wins the title of IPL-2023. Rahul had captained the Punjab Kings for two seasons before Lucknow but could not get the team the title. Lucknow has to play its first match against Delhi Capitals on April 3, but before that Rahul has a problem of choosing playing-11.
Lucknow had added Nicholas Pooran of the West Indies this season for a whopping amount of Rs 16 crore. Apart from them, the team has kept players like Daniel Symes, Kyle Myers with them. Lucknow has retained most of its players from its previous season.
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Who will be the alternative of Quinton Dickock
The problem has arisen for Rahul even before the first match. His opening partner Quinton de Kock is almost impossible to play in the first match as South Africa have to play two ODIs against Netherlands on March 31 and April 2 and these matches are very important for them because on their basis their ODI World Cup ticket at stake. That’s why South Africa has selected its full strength team. South African players can come to India on 3rd April. Only after this he will be able to play in IPL. Rahul is worried about who will start the innings in place of Dickock. For this, the team has the option of Pooran as well as Myers. When Dickock comes, he will definitely start the innings with Rahul.
Deepak Hooda can come at number three. If Puran does not open, then he can play at number-4. Last season, Ayush Badoni impressed with his game and his name is confirmed in the playing-11. After them, Australia’s all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya will give depth to the team’s batting.
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Bowling also got tension
Young left arm fast bowler Mohsin Khan was searching for Lucknow last year but this time he got injured. This is also a problem for Rahul. It will not be easy to fill his place in bowling. This time the team has selected Jaydev Unadkat and he can come in playing-11 in place of Mohsin. Both are left arm fast bowlers. Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi’s place is also confirmed in the playing-11. At the same time, the name of Avesh Khan is also confirmed in the playing-11. This time England’s Mard Wood will be seen in IPL and Rahul can give him a chance in the first match.
Possible playing-11 of Lucknow
KL Rahul (captain), Kyle Myers, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Jaydev Unadkat, Ravi Bishnoi.
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