Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the two new franchises in the IPL. The Lucknow franchise in fact is the costliest team in the league. Sanjiv Goenka owned RPSG group bought the Lucknow team for a whopping INR 7650 crores. They enter the field with a clean slate. Here are 5 UP Players Whom Lucknow Can Target In IPL 2022.
Lucknow will be wanting to pick the best among the lot through the player draft and the auctions. They will also be keen to rope in local Uttar Pradesh talent too. It will not only strengthen their domestic setup but also provide great brand value.
5 UP Players Whom Lucknow Can Target In IPL 2022
#5 Kartik Tyagi
Kartik Tyagi is one of the most promising young Indian fast bowlers. He made an instant impression in the U-19 World Cup 2020. Tyagi bowls with a lot of pace and aggression. He arguably bowled the best final over of the IPL wherein he defended just 4 runs off the last over. Tyagi also travelled to Australia as one of the net bowlers during India’s famous historic series win. Lucknow will be keen to sign Tyagi in the auctions.
#4 Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav had a sensational couple of years in Indian colours right up until the 2019 ODI World Cup. He along with Yuzvendra Chahal formed a potent combination. Yadav in particular being a chinaman was an unknown quantity for many batsmen.
He troubled batters with his skill, guise, and variations. But post the World Cup in 2019, his form has severely dipped. He wasn’t even part of the KKR playing XI this season. Yadav will benefit from playing for his local team in the IPL too.
#3 Priyam Garg
Priyam Garg was another U-19 player who impressed the experts and fans alike during the 2020 World Cup. Garg in fact led the side in the World Cup. He possesses a cool head and it reflects in his captaincy too. Garg went on to play for SRH in the last couple of seasons. But he couldn’t really express himself. He will be eager to play for his homegrown state in the IPL too. Garg will surely be on Lucknow’s radar.
#2 Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina was known as Mr. IPL. He held the record for scoring the most number of runs for the longest time. Raina was not just CSK’s but the league’s most consistent batsman. He has won plenty of games for CSK singlehandedly. But Raina has struggled for form and fitness of late.
He looked completely out of depth in the UAE leg in IPL 2021. But he will be keen to prove a point in the coming season. Lucknow too will look to milk his popularity.
#1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not so long ago was India’s premier T20 bowler. He provided breakthroughs with both the new and the old ball. Kumar in fact was sensational in the 5-match T20I series against England earlier this year. He supremely executed his skills against one of the most fearsome white-ball batting units.
But sadly he couldn’t maintain the momentum into the IPL and then later in the T20 World Cup. Bhuvneshwar to his credit did make a decent comeback in the series against New Zealand. He is one of UP’s main star players. Lucknow will look to have him lead their bowling attack in the IPL. It will be a win-win situation for both teams.