LSG IPL franchise made a dream start to their IPL journey after reaching the eliminator stage in the 2022 season. Intending to pick up from where they left off last season, the franchise made some excellent buys in the auction and has assembled a strong team for the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
LSG IPL – New Arrivals
Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Andrew Tye, Dushmantha Chameera, Manish Pandey, Ankit Rajpoot, and Shahbaz Nadeem were shown the door by Lucknow Super Giants. England pacer Mark Wood featured in the retained players despite missing the IPL 2022 due to an elbow injury.
Lucknow Super Giants, who will play their home fixtures at BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, roped in Nicholas Pooran to replace Evin Lewis, who failed to find his groove last year. Pooran didn’t have the best of the IPL 2022 campaign, but the Lucknow Super Giants think-tank rates the 27-year-old highly.
The franchise also bought three overseas pace bowlers – Daniel Sams, Romario Shepherd, and Naveen Ul Haq. Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who returned to the national team after a gap of 12 years, and veteran spinner Amit Mishra, too, were added to Lucknow Super Giants’ roster.
Lucknow Super Giants Players – Expensive Buys
Nicholas Pooran became the most expensive West Indian in IPL history thanks to Lucknow Super Giants purchasing him for Rs 16 crore. Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Delhi Capitals were interested in the left-handed batter who captained the West Indies in the T20 World Cup 2022.
With a big chunk of their remaining cash purse spent on Pooran, Lucknow Super Giants had to make smart deals to complete their squad for the season. Daniel Sams, who played for Mumbai Indians last season, was bought for Rs 75 lakh – the second-best purchase of the franchise. Amit Mishra, Romario Shepherd, Naveen Ul Haq, and Jaydev Unadkat cost Rs 50 lakh each.
LSG IPL Team Auction Players List
Naveen Ul Haq
LSG IPL Auction – Naveen Ul Haq
Naveen Ul Haq is one of the overseas players to keep an eye on in the IPL 2023. The 23-year-old Afghanistan pacer has already played in Big Bash League, T20 Blast, Caribbean Premier League, etc. He had an excellent outing in the T20s in 2022, taking 46 wickets at an economy rate of 8.3 in 32 matches.
LSG IPL Team Players List
Lucknow Super Giants will aim to go the distance in the 2023 season. The RPSG group-owned IPL team has a stellar batting lineup with K L Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Nicholas Pooran, Marcus Stoinis, and Deepak Hooda. The squad also comprises players who can all make all-round contributions.
Amit Mishra andJaydev Unadkat will provide the necessary backup to a young bowling lineup. Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, and Ravi Bishnoi have 45 wickets between them in IPL 2022.
Indian players – KL Rahul (captain), Yudhvir Singh, Yash Thakur, Swapnil Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Prerak Mankad, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Manan Vohra, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karan Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra
Overseas players – Quinton de Kock, Romario Shepherd, Nicholas Pooran, Naveen Ul Haq, Marcus Stoinis, Mark Wood, Kyle Mayers, Daniel Sams
LSG Playing XI (probable) – Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mark Wood, Mohsin Khan
Lucknow Super Giants Players 2023 – Facts & Stats
Oldest player: Amit Mishra (40 years)
Youngest player: Mayank Yadav (20 years)
Most IPL appearances: Amit Mishra (154 matches)
Most IPL runs: K L Rahul (3889 runs)
Most IPL wickets: Amit Mishra (166 wickets)
Lucknow Super Giants have quality players in all departments and are among the contenders to lift the trophy this season. Will the KL Rahul-led franchise be crowned champions in the 16th edition?