IPL 2023: KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants will begin their Indian Premier League 2023 campaign against the Delhi Capitals on April 1, 2023, at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. The LSG side after making their debut in the IPL 2022 was able to make it to the playoffs stage but was defeated by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator.
Now ahead of the Indian Premier League 2023, the Lucknow franchise can be considered one of the favorites to win the title this season considering their past season performance. Also, the team has a strong think tank which consists of head coach Andy Flower and team mentor and former India batsman Gautam Gambhir who has won two Indian Premier League titles for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Batting is one of the key strengths of the Lucknow Super Giants franchise as it consists of captain KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, and Ayush Badoni. Skipper Rahul was amongst the top run-getters in the IPL 2023 and also will have the responsibility to score runs from the top. de Kock, Stoinis, Hooda, and Pooran are one of the most explosive batsmen in today's modern-day cricket and these can play a big part when it will come to hitting in slog overs.
Whenever we have a look at the LSG squad so it looks like a more batting-heavy team than a strong bowling lineup side. Lucknow has the likes of Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mark Wood, Jaydev Unadkat, Yash Dayal, and Daniel Sams in their bowling lineup. The Lucknow franchise is lacking experience in the bowling department however, Unadkat has a lot of IPL experience and the spin of Bishnoi can also help the team in winning matches. At last, the team will be depending more on its batting when it will come to winning matches.
The Lucknow franchise consists of a lot of young players like Ayush Badoni, Yash Dayal, and Ravi Bishnoi. Badoni had played well in the first phase of IPL 2022 and also played a worth-remembering inning against the Gujarat Titans in the team's opening match of the previous season. Left-arm fast bowler Dayal had also bowled well in the middle and death overs of the tournament's last season and will also have an opportunity to prove himself in this season. With the IPL returning to the home and away format yet again after the 2019 season, leg spinner Bishnoi will have a solid chance to contribute to the team in the upcoming season.
Ahead of the season most of the franchises have lost many of their key players due to injury and LSG would like to avoid injury to the players and would like to maintain the right team balance in the season.
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