IPL 2023 LSG Playing XI – Strongest Lucknow Super Giants Playing 11
Updated on: Nov 17, 2022 1:25 pm IST
With KL Rahul serving as captain, Lucknow SuperGiants’ inaugural season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2022 saw them make the playoffs. Cricket pundits praised LSG’s lineup as being among the most evenly matched in the competition, especially considering how many all-rounders they had on the team. Even this year, they could go in with as many as 8 bowling options and here is how they might lineup-
LSG 2023 Playing XI
1. K.L. Rahul
K.L Rahul had a dismal 2022 T20 World Cup. His scoring rate was poor and he failed to step up in crucial moments. Having said that, it is also true that Rahul feels most at home opening the innings for his IPL franchise. Therefore, it would only be a novice who would write him off for the upcoming season.
2. Quinton De Kock
Quinton de Kock has decided to channel all his energy into white ball cricket and IPL after hanging up his boots in Test Cricket. He is a dynamic player who will complement Rahul well by taking the attack to the opposition in the powerplay.
3. Kyle Mayers
Number three seems to be the only weakness in the otherwise strong LSG lineup. Mayers, though a huge hitter of the ball, is yet to establish himself as a proven match-winner in t20 cricket. Therefore, it is imperative that LSG find a backup for him at the auction.
4. Deepak Hooda
Coming off recent international success, Deepak Hooda is an ideal number four for this setup. He is equally threatening against pace and spin and is capable of huge hits in the middle overs. He is also a handy option with the ball against favorable matchups.
5. Marcus Stoinis
One of the best finishers going around, Marcus Stoinis was the second player to be picked by the LSG in the draft last year. A matured head on his shoulders coupled with his brute power makes this Australian all-rounder a menace for any captain in the death. He can also slip a couple of overs in as the team’s sixth/seventh bowler.
6. Ayush Badoni
This 22-year lad from Delhi was one of the finds of the tournament last year. The ease with which he finished games for his team was something to take note of. His innovations in the death and gap-finding abilities make him an able foil to Marcus Stoinis at the end.
7. Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya has been away from the international scene for quite a while now but is still a force to reckon with in 20-over cricket. He is extremely economical with the ball and is equally adept with the bat. His quick left armers are a handful for any batter to deal with on conducive tracks and he is more than capable as a batsman coming in towards the end of the innings.
8. Avesh Khan
Lucknow broke the bank for Avesh Khan last season and managed to procure his services for a whopping 10 crores. However, he did not live up to either the price tag or the expectations last season and went at a clip of more than 8.7 runs per over. Additionally, he had a forgettable first season in India colours which resulted in him not being selected for the T20 World Cup. Thus, it will be interesting to see how the Madhya Pradesh pacer scripts his comeback.
9. Mohsin Khan
Along with Ayush Badoni, Mohsin Khan was LSG’s gift to the cricketing world. The Uttar Pradesh pacer had a stellar first season where he picked up 14 wickets at 5.96 runs per over. He is without a doubt a talent for the future and someone to keep an eye on.
10. Mark Wood
Arguably the quickest bowler going around, Mark Wood’s presence was greatly missed by the Lucknow think tank last year when he was ruled out of the tournament due to injury. He bowls hard lengths and is extremely threatening as a middle-overs enforcer.
11. Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi is arguably the best leg spinner in the country at the moment. Therefore, it was bizarre, to say the least when he was left out of the Indian T20 World Cup side. However, he is a definite starter for the franchise from Lucknow and will be looking to make a mark with his performances this time around.