IPL 2022: Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Cheatsheet, Strongest Playing XI, Squad Depth and Key Players
A look at the team combinations, depth chart, recent form, and the fantasy potential of key players from the Lucknow Super Giants camp ahead of IPL 2022
Coach: Andy Flower
Captain: KL Rahul
IPL 2021 Finish: N/A
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) Team Composition & Combinations for IPL 2022
They are one of the two new teams to the IPL and have done some decent job in assembling the squad at the auction. They have an established top three of KL Rahul, Q de Kock and M Pandey. Deepak Hooda will bat at No.4 while the two pace bowling allrounders, M Stoinis and J Holder will take the No.5 and No.6 spot respectively. Krunal Pandya and K Gowtham will be the spin-bowling allrounders and D Chameera, Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi will complete the bowling attack.
The overload of right-hand batters
The expected playing eleven of LSG has only two left-handed batters Q de Kock and Krunal Pandya. The whole batting order can be tied down by left-arm spin and quality leg spin which means they would look to use Krunal as a floater depending on the match-ups on offer.
Injury to Mark Wood
LSG shelled out 7.5 crores on Mark Wood at the auction but he sustained a elbow injury in a test match against West Indies and has been ruled out of the tournament. The Lucknow SuperGiants have named Andrew Tye as his replacement but D Chameera will start who is a capable bowling option and can bowl at almost all the phases of the game.
Lucknow Super Giants Fantasy Cricket Cheatsheet for IPL 2022
Players who have proven themselves to be top-scoring fantasy players and are popular.
KL Rahul – The leading run-scorer in IPL since 2018, KL Rahul is as good a fantasy option as it comes. He also provides value with his wicket-keeping. Since 2018 IPL, he averages a terrific 62 Dream11 batting points per game and crosses the 50-point mark once every 1.7 games.
The players who provide good value for their credits and can be banked upon for consistent returns.
Quinton de Kock – He loves pace on the ball and has enjoyed success batting at the Wankhede. While he struggled against quality spin last year, the venues at Mumbai and Pune are unlikely to offer much assistance for the slower bowlers. Since 2018 IPL, he averages 40 Dream11 batting points per game.
Manish Pandey – He has had troubles with his scoring rate against spin last year and was criticised for batting too slow last season. With Rahul and de Kock providing stability at the top, Manish will face a lot of spin this year too but the tracks at Mumbai and Pune should help him but despite all that he is a valuable fantasy player since he manages to accumulate runs consistently. Since 2018 IPL, he averages 38 Dream11 batting points per game.
Ravi Bishnoi – He had a wonderful start to his international career with batters struggling to negotiate his googlies. With most batters vulnerable against quick leg-spin, Bishnoi is a bankable wicket-taking option in the middle-overs and he averages 31 Dream11 bowling points per game since his IPL debut.
Dushmantha Chameera – As discussed in the team combinations section, he’s likely to fill the overseas pacer slot and will be used as an all-phase bowler. He has been good so far in T20 circuit and averages 33 Dream11 bowling points per game since 2018.
The players who carry an element of risk with them which may be due to bad form, injury, lack of game time, etc……
Deepak Hooda – A high intent batter by nature, Hooda will be required to score at a brisk rate coming in at No.4 which is difficult to pull off consistently and his bowling won’t be required in this setup since they have K Gowtham who is an offspinner too. Since 2018 IPL, he averages only 17 Dream11 batting points but expect it to rise with a settled batting role in LSG.
Jason Holder – He’s usually a good fantasy package to have but at the Lucknow SuperGiants setup he’ll be expected to play the role of a pace power hitter which doesn’t come naturally to him and his bowling will be reduced to a Powerplay role where wickets are hard to come by.
Avesh Khan – He had a wonderful season with the ball last year and ended up with 24 wickets from 16 matches. This year he’s in a new setup and doesn’t have the luxury of a Nortje or a Rabada bowling alongside him. Will he be able to repeat his performances from last season is a question though.
The players who seem like good buys, but won’t score enough points to justify their credits or hype.
Marcus Stoinis – His best batting position in T20s is opening but he’ll be required to play as a pace power-hitter down the order and his bowling value will also be reduced due to the presence of multiple bowling options in the squad. Since 2018 IPL, he averages 23 and 11 Dream11 batting and bowling points respectively.
Krishnappa Gowtham – A good utility player, Gowtham bats too low and his bowling will be limited to only particular match-ups for him to be a reliable fantasy option. Since 2018 IPL, he averages only 10 and 15 Dream11 batting and bowling points respectively.
The players who provide decent enough value but is undervalued or is just not a well-known player.
Krunal Pandya – His returns with both bat and ball has been on a decline in the recent seasons but him being the only left-hander in the LSG line-up should work in his favour as he would be floated up the order depending on the matchups as discussed in the team combinations section above. His bowling too would be effective as he’ll most likely bowl against the right-handers with Bishnoi and Gowtham to target the right-handers. Since 2018 IPL, he averages 15 and 17 Dream11 batting and bowling points respectively.
Opponent Fantasy Value:
Every team is vulnerable to a certain batting type or a bowler type depending on their setup. For example, a batting unit full of right-handers will be vulnerable against left-arm spinners and wristspinners or a bowling attack void of any quality new-ball bowlers will leak runs in the Powerplay and allow the openers to score freely. These vulnerabilities of the team allows certain player types from opponent sides to perform freely against them which can be used to pick those player types from the opponent side in your fantasy team. As far as Lucknow SuperGiants are concerned, you can pick the player types listed below from the opponent side if those player types are available.
- Left-arm spinners and wrist-spinners
- Death bowlers
- Anchors who can smoke pace and negotiate quality wrist-spin