IPL 2023: Predicted Playing 11 for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
A few new additions in focus as we look at the strongest predicted playing 11 for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for IPL 2023.
Into the second year, the Super Giants from Lucknow would be happy with how things went by in their debut season. They finished fourth in position having lost the eliminator. But they were third in the points table in the Group Stage. But with a stable squad, Lucknow would want to take things a step ahead in 2023.
The Lucknow Super Giants are one of the only few teams to have a stable and almost similar playing 11 to that we had seen in 2022. They did a pretty good job to retain a strong first-choice playing 11 ahead of IPL 2023 Auction, and their primary objective job in the Auction was to look out for Backups.
Apart from the Backups, Lucknow did add a few solid options in their squad. But how will that lead to a change in their strongest playing 11 for IPL 2023? Well, let’s find out in this article as we look the strongest predicted playing 11 for Lucknow Super Giants for IPL 2023. Before that, let’s look at the official squad for Lucknow for IPL 2023.
IPL 2023: Official Squad for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
Batters: Ayush Badoni, KL Rahul (c) & Manan Vohra
WKs: Nicholas Pooran (o) & Quinton de Kock (o)
All-rounders: Daniel Sams (o), Deepak Hooda, Karan Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kyle Mayers (o), Marcus Stoinis (o), Prerak Mankad, Romario Shephard (o), Swapnil Singh & Yudhvir Charak
Bowlers: Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Jaydev Unadkat, Mark Wood (o), Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Naveen Ul-Haq (o), Ravi Bishnoi & Yash Thakur
Strongest Playing 11 for Lucknow Super Giants:
Openers: KL Rahul & Quinton de Kock
Lucknow Super Giants probably have the best opening pair for IPL 2023 in the form of KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock. There’s no doubt that these two would continue to be their opening pair; unless of course for injury. If at all one of KL Rahul or Quinton de Kock miss out, Manan Vohra or Kyle Mayers could get a go as an opener.
Middle-order: Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran & Ayush Badoni
The Middle-order is the primary area which could see a change in their playing 11. Deepak Hooda should continue to play at the number 3 position. Whereas Ayush Badoni should play at the number 5 position. But with the addition of a strong option in the form of Nicholas Pooran, the middle-order looks stronger this time around. Hopefully, Pooran is more consistent this time around to let his worth finally meet the performance.
Lower-order: Marcus Stoinis & Krunal Pandya
Talking about the lower-order or finishers, Lucknow have the same duo of Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya. It’s a strong finisher set to have, and Lucknow would want to utilize that as much as they can. Apart from these two, Lucknow can also fall back on Romario Shephard and Krishnappa Gowtham for the finisher role.
Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood & Avesh Khan
The bowling is an area which is almost similar to what we had seen in 2022. While Bishnoi, Mohsin, and Avesh are constant in the bowling department, the addition of Mark Wood makes this bowling line-up a hot property. All three pacers breathe fire when it comes to pace. If Lucknow’s pitch assist pacers, this would be a great contest to look at.
IPL 2023 Strongest Predicted Playing 11 for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG):
KL Rahul [c], Quinton de Kock [wk], Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood & Avesh Khan
So, that’s about the strongest playing 11 for Lucknow Super Giants for IPL 2023. Overall, irrespective of the conditions, this is what the 11 for Lucknow should look like. However, with some backup options available, let’s also look at a few more playing 11 options for Lucknow,
Alternate Best Playing 11 Options for Lucknow Super Giants:
#1: Krishnappa Gowtham for Ayush Badoni
In the strongest playing 11 that we saw for Lucknow, Ayush Badoni is the only name that seems less experienced and tentative to be replaced. Not that Badoni is a bad option. But if Lucknow thinks, they could opt for finisher all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham for Ayush Badoni to play the role at number 7. This will give Stoinis more game time.
#2: Romario Shephard / Kyle Mayers for Marcus Stoinis
The chance of us seeing Marcus Stoinis getting dropped or replaced seems next to none in the Lucknow playing 11. But in case Stoinis gets injured, Romario Shephard and Kyle Mayers seem the best possible options available for Lucknow for IPL 2023. The team could also fall back on Daniel Sams to play the role of a finisher pacer.
#3: Amit Mishra / Jaydev Unadkat as Backup options
While the strongest first-choice playing 11 for Lucknow Super Giants may remain unmoved, the backups for Lucknow make their case stronger. While we mentioned a couple of options above, Lucknow also has the likes of spinner Amit Mishra and pacer Jaydev Unadkat in their ranks, in case they are needed in the playing 11.
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