Lucknow Super Giants had a legion of all-rounders at its disposal ahead of the auction and decided to invest in a specialist batter. No wonder then that it went for West Indies batter Nicholas Pooran, who can anchor as well as switch gears in the middle-order. Lucknow now bats deep, with Krunal Pandya coming at No. 7, and has as many as seven bowling options in its potential starting XI.
The acquisition of all-rounders Romario Shepherd and Daniel Sams will ensure that Super Giants can continue to tinker with the line-up throughout the season without compromising on its enviable depth. The KL Rahul-led side also added Indian pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Yash Thakur and Afghan Naveen-ul-Haq, who can serve as potent backups to Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan and Mark Wood.
LSG PROBABLE PLAYING XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mark Wood, Mohsin Khan.
LSG IPL 2023 SQUAD COMPOSITION
Wicketkeepers: Quinton de Kock (SA), Manan Vohra, Nicholas Pooran (WI).
Batters: KL Rahul, Ayush Badoni.
All-rounders: Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers (WI), Krunal Pandya, Karan Sharma, Marcus Stoinis (AUS), Romario Shepherd (WI), Daniel Sams (AUS), Prerak Mankad, Swapnil Singh, Yudhvir Charak.
Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mark Wood (ENG), Mayank Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Yash Thakur, Amit Mishra, Naveen-ul-Haq (AFG).
(Names in bold indicate players bought at IPL 2023 Auction)
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