Gujarat Titans, the new IPL 2022 franchise will play its opening game against another new entrant Lucknow Super Giants on March 28. The Gujarat franchise’s most notable acquisition for their maiden IPL season was that of Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan, arguably the best T20I bowler in the world, who has left Sunrisers Hyderabad to spearhead this Gujarat Titans bowling attack, which also includes Indian pacer Mohammed Shami and Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson.
On the other hand, England’s white-ball specialist opener Jason Roy’s withdrawal from the IPL 2022 saw the Gujarat Titans move to bring in another Afghanistan star in Rahmanullah Gurbaz as his replacement, whilst the likes of all-rounders Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Rahul Tewatia add balance to the side.
Gujarat Titans vs Lucknow Super Giants Match Preview- IPL 2022, Match 04, GT vs LSG
Lucknow Super Giants are led in their opening season by Indian international batter and former Punjab Kings star KL Rahul, with pacer Avesh Khan, and all-rounders Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya ensuring a strong Indian core to this side.
Arguably the most exciting factor about Lucknow Super Giants will be the top-order partnership between KL Rahul and former IPL winner Proteas keeper Quinton de Kock, although the South African’s availability for the opening match is uncertain, whilst an injury to fast bowler Mark Wood has seen the Lucknow Super Giants draft in Australian pacer Andrew Tye as a replacement.
An intriguing clash lies ahead between these two brand new franchises who will each be desperate to put their own stamp on the competition. The loss of Jason Roy has no doubt hit Gujarat Titans’ batting plans drawn up before the mega auction, however, their bowling attack led by the outstanding Rashid Khan looks strong.
However, they may well have met their match in KL Rahul, who is expected to lead this Lucknow Super Giants team very strong and although they are expecting to be missing a couple of important overseas players, the shrewd move is to back them to gain their first-ever IPL victory.
Probable Lucknow Super Giants XI: KL Rahul (Captain), Quinton De Kock (wicketkeeper), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dushmantha Chameera, Andrew Tye, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Probable Gujarat Titans XI: Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Abhinav Sadarangani, Hardik Pandya (captain), Rahul Tewatia, R Sai Kishore, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson.
Gujarat Titans Team News
New team Gujarat Titans will be having all the players available for their first-ever match in IPL against Lucknow Super Giants on 28th March. Only West Indian pacer Alzarri Joseph will miss the first game of LSG as he’s currently engaged in the ongoing Test series against England.
Lucknow Super Giants Team News
While England pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the IPL, Andrew Tye joined the squad as his replacement. Zimbabwe seamer Blessing Muzarabani joined the team as a net bowler.
Dushmantha Chameera, Evin Lewis, Andrew Tye and Quinton de Kock are available amongst overseas players for the first game of LSG in IPL 2022. Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers will miss the first few games for Lucknow Super Giants at IPL 2022 start.
Gujarat Titans Squad: Shubman Gill, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhinav Manohar, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Dominic Drakes, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Alzarri Joseph, Pradeep Sangwan, David Miller, Matthew Wade, Gurkeerat Singh, B Sai Sudharshan.
Lucknow Super Giants Squad: KL Rahul (c), Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Bishnoi, Quinton de Kock, Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Andrew Tye, Avesh Khan, Ankit Rajpoot, K Gowtham, Dushmantha Chameera, Shahbaz Nadeem, Manan Vohra, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Evin Lewis, Mayank Yadav, B Sai Sudharsan.