The Indian Premier League, often termed the world's biggest sports carnival, is all set for its mega auction next month and it's got our cricket fever running a new high! While this is the 15th season of the league, the revamped 2022 pitch with new title sponsors, two debutante teams and a whole lot of thrill on cards has hit the full toss right in the court of T-20 fans and trust us, it can't get any better than this!
So, if you're also caught up in the excitement to keep up with the details, this is just the right place for you! Here's all that we know about IPL Season 15 and of course, the debutante Lucknow franchise - so let the game begin!
Make way for the Lucknow Super Giants!
While the team has created a lot of social media buzz with its remarkable presence, fans are yearning more with the announcement of the offical name of on Monday. Making way to the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League, the debutante team has been named as Lucknow Super Giants, gearing to bat on the front foot, the whole season!
If reports are to be believed, the offical jersey reveal has been slated for the first week of February - once all official preceding tasks are completed.
10 teams to fight for the Trophy
IPL 2022 will see a total of 10 teams, locking horns to bag the title honour this year. The league up until now only had 8 teams, and this year will mark the debut of the all-new Lucknow and Ahmedabad Franchise to notch up the cricket thrill. The double league tournament will set the field for 74 matches, that the previous 60, to scale the game for the new teams.
LSG: The most expensive teams of IPL
This will be the first time in IPL History that Lucknow city will be getting its due representation in the T-20 Cricket League. Officially named as the 'Lucknow Super Giants', the debutante team has been claimed by the business conglomerate, RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, at ₹7090 crores, making it the costliest team of this format.
The revered board of coaches and mentors
The RPSG Group made its first staff appointment in December by onboarding former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower as the Lucknow Super Giants. To his credibility, Andy led the Multan Sultanshad to their first win in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year as the team's head coach. Apart from this, the skilled coach had also led St Lucia Kings to back-to-back two Caribbean Premier League finals in 2020 and 2021.
Alongside Flower, former Indian Skipper Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the mentor of the newly made team Reportedly, former wicketkeeper-batter Vijay Dahiya will also train LSG in the capacity of the assistant coach.
KL Rahul to lead the Lucknow Team
The debutant Lucknow Super Giants will be led by KL Rahul. The opening batsman has been signed by the Goenka Group ahead of the mega auction for ₹17 crores, making him the joint-highest-paid player in the IPL across seasons. Besides him, Virat Kohli was signed for the same amount by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018.
Most valued players of the new franchise
The Lucknow IPL Franchise, LSG has also acquired Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis for ₹9.2 crores and Indian legspinner Ravi Bishnoi for ₹4 crores as part of its pre-auction picks, earlier this week. The team will now enter the mega auction held on February 12 -13 with a kitty of ₹59 crores to complete its squad.
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