KKR vs LSG IPL 2023: Why is Mark Wood Not Playing Today’s Match IPL? Check LSG Playing XI

Published on: May 20, 2023 7:52 pm IST|Updated on: May 20, 2023 7:52 pm IST

Why is Mark Wood not playing KKR vs LSG IPL 2023 match?

At the iconic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata, the stage is set for Match number 68 of Tata IPL 2023 between the hosts, Kolkata Knight Riders, and the Lucknow Super Giants. LSG enters this crucial game with the aim of securing a playoff spot. Surprisingly, Mark Wood, the English pacer, is yet to find a place in the playing 11 for this encounter.

KKR vs LSG IPL 2023: Why is Mark Wood Not Playing Today’s IPL Match?

Krunal Pandya, the stand-in captain for Lucknow Super Giants said at the toss that there are 2 changes in the playing 11 but still there were no signs of Mark Wood. Surprisingly, the England fast bowler has been unavailable for selection in recent games and is not even listed as a substitute player. It is noteworthy that Wood had an exceptional start to IPL 2023, claiming an impressive 11 wickets from 4 matches, which included a remarkable five-wicket haul against Delhi Capitals in his debut game this season. Wood’s last appearance for LSG was in match number 21 of Tata IPL 2023 against Punjab Kings in Lucknow, where he recorded figures of 2 for 35 from 4 overs. Here’s what Krunal Pandya said at the toss,

“We would’ve also fielded first. At the end of the day, you have to play good cricket. We know where we stand in the table. Our destiny is in our hands. Focus is on playing good cricket. We defended really well in previous game. Eventually what matters is how we come today, put a total on the board and defend it. Couple of changes – instead of Hooda, we have Karan. And Gowtham comes in for Swapnil.”

LSG Playing 11

1. Karan Sharma
2. Quinton de Kock (wk)
3. Marcus Stoinis
4. Nicholas Pooran
5. Prerak Mankad

6. Krunal Pandya
7. Ayush Badoni
8. Krishnappa Gowtham
9. Ravi Bishnoi
10. Mohsin Khan
11. Naveen-ul-Haq

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Mark Wood IPL 2023 Price

In the IPL 2022 mega auction, Lucknow Super Giants secured the services of Mark Wood, a talented right-arm fast bowler from England, for a significant amount of INR 7.5 Crore. However, his participation in the tournament was hindered by an unfortunate injury. Despite this setback, LSG has made the decision to retain him for the IPL 2023 auction, showcasing their belief in his capabilities. This move highlights the team management’s acknowledgment of his value and their unwavering confidence in his abilities, despite his previous injury troubles.

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