IPL 2022 – Top 3 choices to replace Mark Wood at the Lucknow Super Giants

The recent news of Mark Wood’s exclusion from the IPL 2022 has truly thrown a spanner in the preparation of the Lucknow Super Giants, who suddenly find their bowling attack a bit blunt.

Wood was acquired by the new entrants for INR 7.5 crore during last month’s two-day big auction event in Bengaluru.

The UP franchise has yet to choose a replacement for the World Cup champion from 2019. With little over a week till the start of the showpiece tournament’s 15th edition, they will be aiming to announce a replacement as soon as possible and will be hoping to bring in a strong overseas fast bowler.

In this article, we are going to go through the top 3 choices to replace Mark Wood at the Lucknow Super Giants for this season and maybe even beyond.

Number 3. Josh Little

The Australian bowler was signed on for net sessions by the Chennai Super Kings, but if we understand the rules properly, he can still be taken on by the Lucknow franchise via the bubble to bubble transfer system. The asking price for Little is not known as yet, so it will basically take some time for the Lucknow franchise to seal the deal. But if they do end up going for Little, they will be getting a very talented seamer indeed.

 

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At the age of 16 years and 309 days, the promising Irish bowler became the second-youngest player to play T20I cricket on debut against Hong Kong in 2016. The Dublin cricketer has 31 scalps from 34 T20Is at an average of 29.48.

Additionally, the left-arm bowler has 54 T20 wickets in as many outings at an average of 25.51 and an economy rate of 7.20. He also played for the Dambulla Giants in the Lanka Premier League in 2021. (LPL).

Number 2. Blessing Muzarabani

He is one of the most promising young seam bowlers in the world right now, and has been definitely doing bits for the Zimbabwe national team. He was part of the mega auction for a modest base price of 50 Lakhs, but unfortunately, didn’t seem to fit into any of the franchises’ plans for the new era of the IPL. The Lucknow squad will be looking into his portfolio, as he has a lot to offer and could turn out to be a bang for the buck signing.

 

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The Zimbabwean cricketer was one of the most impactful bowlers in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022, taking five wickets in four matches for the Multan Sultans, averaging 25.80 and bowling at an economy rate of 8.06 with the best statistics of 3/18. Nonetheless, the tall fast-medium pacer possesses experience, having contributed significantly to Multan’s PSL title in 2021, with ten wickets in six matches.

Apart from that, the 25-year-old has 25 T20I wickets for Zimbabwe in 20 appearances at a strike rate of 24.68 and can make effective use of his height to extract bounce off the surface. He also possesses the ability to make timely plays with the ball in hand.

Number 1. Andrew Tye

If the Lucknow Super Giants are looking for a seam bowler who is tried and tested, then they should no look further than Andrew Tye.

The starting price for the Australian pacer was INR one crore. He has 40 wickets in 27 outings and won the Purple Cap in the 2018 season with 24 scalps in 14 matches at an average of 18.66 and an economy rate of 8.

 

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The Australian death overs specialist was also the third-highest wicket-taker in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2021/22 season, contributing 19 wickets from 13 appearances at an average of 17.58 and an economy rate of 7.86.

The Lucknow Super Giants will be looking to make their decision and it is quite possible that they will go for someone entirely different, but these are some of the picks we would have on our shortlist as they offer a good blend of age, talent and experience.