KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi are likely to represent the Indian Premier League’s Lucknow franchise prior to the competition’s 15th season, which will then be proceeded by a big auction on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.
According to reports, the franchise has designated Rahul as 1st Player and will pay him 15 crore with respect to the existing fee. Stoinis, who was chosen as 2nd Player, will make 11 crore, whereas the uncapped Ravi Bishnoi will obtain 4 crore, granting the team a total of INR 60 crore for the giant auction.
There was a lot of buzz about Rahul partnering with the Lucknow franchise, which has been secured upon stunning 7090 crore during a walk-in auction session in Dubai in October 2021 by the RP Sanjiv Goenka Group.
KL Rahul Likely To Lead The Lucknow Team
Rahul, who had captained the Punjab Kings for the past two seasons, was let go by the franchise upon expressing his interest in changing franchises. The Kings have placed 6th in the competition in each of the last 4 editions while being captained by Rahul in just two of them – 2020 and 2021.
Despite his captaincy tenure was not fruitful, Rahul has become one of the tournament’s most successful run-scorers, winning the Orange Cap for amassing the most runs in 2020 and finishing 3rd in 2021. KL could be captain choice for the Lucknow Franchises’.
The Karnataka-born got his IPL debut in 2013 with the Royal Challengers Bangalore before moving on to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014. In 2016, he was returned to RCB before being signed by Punjab Kings (Kings XI Punjab) in the 2018 auction.
Stoinis, who began his IPL career with the Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) in 2015, has also played for the Punjab and Bangalore teams, with Lucknow being his 4th IPL franchise.
Bishnoi, who made headlines with a record-breaking bowling effort at the 2020 U19 World Cup, has progressed through the ranks rapidly. Punjab signed him in 2020 for 2 crore, and he made an immediate impression with a 12-wicket record in his debut season. Bishnoi had the same number of wickets in 2021, but in 9 games as contrasting to 14 in the earlier season.
Furthermore, Ahmedabad the other new franchise along with Lucknow has confirmed their 3-player pool, namely Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill.