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Lucknow Supergiants IPL 2023 Preview: Big year for LSG?

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After reaching the playoffs in their inaugural season, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will be looking to go to the next level in IPL 2023. LSG’s balance and depth were key factors in their run to the Eliminator, where they were ultimately undone by Rajat Patidar’s incredible 112* on the night.

In a competitive league, it is important to always look to evolve. Despite a promising season first up, LSG still made some key additions to their squad, including Nicholas Pooran, Mark Wood and Kyle Mayers. In this article, we will look at their possible XI, as well as their key strengths and weaknesses.

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LSG IPL 2023 Squad

PlayerRolePrice
KL Rahul (c)WK/Batsman17 Crores
Nicholas PooranWK/Batsman16 Crores
Avesh KhanBowler10 Crores
Marcus StoinisAll-Rounder9.2 Crores
Krunal PandyaAll-Rounder8.25 Crores
Mark WoodBowler7.5 Crores
Quinton De KockWK/Batsman6.75 Crores
Deepak HoodaAll-Rounder5.75 Crores
Ravi BishnoiBowler4 Crores
Krishnappa GowthamAll-Rounder90 Lakhs
Daniel SamsAll-Rounder75 Lakhs
Kyle MayersAll-Rounder50 Lakhs
Amit MishraBowler50 Lakhs
Romario ShepardAll-Rounder50 Lakhs
Naveen-Ul-HaqBowler50 Lakhs
Jaydev UnadkatBowler50 Lakhs
Yash ThakurBowler45 Lakhs
Ayush BadoniAll-Rounder20 Lakhs
Manan VohraBatsman20 Lakhs
Yudhvir CharakAll-Rounder20 Lakhs
Prerak MankadAll-Rounder20 Lakhs
Karan SharmaAll-Rounder20 Lakhs
Mohsin KhanBowler20 Lakhs
Swapnil SinghBowler20 Lakhs
Mayank YadavBowler20 Lakhs

LSG Possible Playing XI for first match

1. KL Rahul (c), 2. Quinton de Kock (OS & wk), 3. Deepak Hooda, 4. Nicholas Pooran (OS), 5. Marcus Stoinis (OS), 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Krishnappa Gowtham, 8. Avesh Khan 9. Mark Wood (OS), 10. Ravi Bishnoi, 11. Mohsin Khan

LSG IPL 2023 Preview: Strengths & Weaknesses

Here are some of LSG’s key strengths and weaknesses, also touching on opportunities and threats.

Strengths/Opportunities

Excellent mix of power and touch in their top five

Plenty of attention will be on KL Rahul’s strike rate. However, if at least two others in their top five can fire, LSG will be on track for some big totals in IPL 2023.

Watch out for Deepak Hooda. He could be in for a big season. When batting at three in all T20s, Hooda has smashed 961 runs in 30 matches at an average of 34.32 and strike rate of 148.76. To have such a player, who can also bowl handy offspin, coming in after the Rahul-de Kock opening stand can put opposition teams under immense pressure.

Wicket-takers among their pace bowlers & wide range of bowling options

Moisin Khan in the powerplay. Avesh Khan in the middle. Mark Wood (when available) at the death. All three seamers are genuine wicket-takers in T20 cricket, which can hold LSG in great stead. Also, Ravi Bishnoi’s wristspin provides an advantage where other teams, including MI and CSK, are lacking in that department.

Add Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda and Marcus Stoinis, and KL Rahul has the luxury of turning to different bowlers if one or two are having an off day.

Capable overseas options waiting in the squad

Daniel Sams came into his own towards the backend of IPL 2022 after a very difficult start. He is not expected to be a regular starter, but he can come in and offer value throughout the season.

The same applies to Romario Shepherd and Kyle Mayers. Both are hard-hitting all-rounders that can offer impact in a long campaign.

Weaknesses/Threats

Can Nicholas Pooran finally find consistency in the IPL?

LSG invested big in Pooran, who has often found the going difficult in the IPL. If he struggles again, LSG have a conundrum as that number four position is vital in effectively bridging LSG’s top order and finishers. If he fires, however, then this could be a huge gamechanger.

Can LSG effectively replace Jason Holder?

The decision to release Jason Holder has left a bit of a gap to fill. The all-rounder was an asset at number seven for the franchise, also bowling some of the toughest overs at the death. Krishnappa Gowtham could take that position, so whether he can deliver impact with both bat and ball remains to be seen.

Verdict

Overall, LSG looks extremely strong. They have batting quality right down the order with hard-hitters in their top five, along with wicket-taking bowling options throughout their attack.

If they don’t make the playoffs, it will be a surprise and disappointment for what looks to be an excellent T20 team.

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Charbel Coorey
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