Lucknow Super Giants had a strong squad heading into the IPL 2022 and their overall picks from the mega auction the previous year were quite impressive. The franchise started its campaign in the tournament with a loss but managed to end third in the points table after the league stages. Unfortunately, they lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator, ending their hopes of winning the IPL 2022 title.
Lucknow Super Giants had spent 59 Crores in the mega-auction the previous year and had drafted in the likes of KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi for a total of 31 Crores before the auction. However, after the IPL 2022 season, they had no money left in their purse. But, INR 5 Crores were added to every franchise before the IPL 2023 Auction, set to be held in Kochi next month.
Before the auction, KL Rahul was named the skipper and he yet again piled up a lot of runs, ending up second in the race for the orange cap. Along with him, Quinton de Kock had an excellent season with the bat, which helped the team perform massively. In terms of the bowling department, Avesh Khan was the consistent performer, while Mark Wood’s absence proved to be a vital miss.
Among the young talents, Ayush Badoni made the headlines with his composure and stroke-making, while Manish Pandey did not have the best of seasons. The franchise didn’t trade any player ahead of the deadline date of November 15.
IPL 2023 Mini Auction Performance
As the IPL auction approached, fans of the respective franchises eagerly awaited the additions to their squads that could help them succeed in the regular season. This year’s mini-auction, held in Kochi on Friday, saw a fierce bidding war for some players, while others failed to find a place in any franchise.
The Lucknow team, which had enjoyed a decent season in the previous edition of the lucrative tournament, made their second appearance in the auction this year. However, the franchise was heavily reliant on their top-order to score runs, and their middle-order lacked the spark required to propel the side into scoring big and gaining an advantage. To address this, the management looked to the auction to bring in players who could potentially create an impact and guide them to glory.
The franchise appears to have strengthened their squad after acquiring West Indies hitters Nicholas Pooran for INR 16 crores. In addition, LSG also secured the services of Amit Mishra, the oldest player in the auction, for a base price of INR 50 lakh. Veteran pacer Jaydev Unadkat is also set to join the Lucknow team for the new season, and the franchise will look to make the most of his experience.
The final Lucknow Super Giants squad to play in the IPL 2023 is as follows –
Quinton De Kock
Naveen ul Haq