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Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans looking to make a mark on the IPL

Marcus Stoinis joins Lucknow Super Giants
Marcus Stoinis joins Lucknow Super Giants

The Lucknow Super Giants and the Gujarat Titans are the two new kids on the block in the world’s frontrunning T20 cricket tournament, the IPL. While it’s always tricky for new teams to hit the ground running, these teams will be looking to show that they are not simply in the IPL to take part, but to compete. While the IPL is the most hotly contested IPL tournament in the world, both teams have acquired great talents, and will be looking to prove any doubters wrong. 

With the governing council of the Indian Premier League having issued an invitation tender for two new sides in August 2021, a total of 22 companies declared an interest to enter teams into the competition. The Sanjiv Goenka owned RPSG Group won the rights to operate the Lucknow franchise, while the CVC Capital partners won the rights to acquire the Gujarat franchise. And so, the two new teams to enter the 15th edition of the IPL were born. 

Here’s a closer look at the two teams: 

Lucknow Super Giants: 

Ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, the Super Giants managed to acquire the services of KL Rahul, who serves as team captain. The right handed batsman, who occasionally serves as a wicket keeper is also the vice captain of the India National Cricket team, giving the Super Giants plenty of stability from a leadership perspective. 

The Super Giants have also managed to secure the services of Team India’s Manish Pandey, West Indies international Evin Lewis, and Team India’s Mana Vohra. The Lucknow Super Giants have a strong all rounder line up, having secure Australian Marcus Stoinis, West Indies international Jason Holder, and Indian international Krunai Panday, along with a host of other strong all rounders. 

The team, who will be coached by Andy Fowler, is looking well set to cause upsets, and provide quite the display in the upcoming IPL season. Online betting sites from across the world have pegged the Lucknow Super Giants as the most likely to win the tournament out of the new teams to enter the IPL. 

Gujarat Titans

Similar to the Super Giants, the Gujarat Titans have also worked hard to secure the services of a number of International talents, however have failed to acquire the same level of talent as the Super Giants. Leading the list of new faces for the Titans are captain Hardik Pandya, who has represented India, along with Indian opening batsman Shubman Gill, and Afghanistan international Rashid Khan. 

The Titans have also acquired the services of South African international David Miller, and Indian International Vijay Shankar, giving the team some much needed stability from a batting perspective. 

The all rounders are largely made up of Indian players, with the exception of West Indies international Dominic Drakes. The Titans are set to be coached by Ashish Nera, who will be assisted by Vikram Sonlanki, who will serve as Director of Cricket, Gary Kirsten as batting coach and mentor, and Aashish Kapoor as spin bowling coach and scout. 

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