Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) owner Sanjiv Goenka expressed great satisfaction at the assembling of a multi-faceted squad in the IPL 2022 mega auction that was held on February 12 & 13 in Bengaluru.
LSG opted to go for multi-talented individuals in order to balance the squad, and with what they managed to recruit, Goenka seemed pretty happy. There were quite a few buys that can function both ways, like Krishanppa Gowtham.
“We are very happy. I’m glad we seem to have a well-considered, versatile squad. We wanted to have a lot of multi-skilled, multi-dimensional players and some backup options and we could pull it off.”
“Even though we had all plans in place, there was a lot of thinking on our feet involved. We got a great opener in Quinton (de Kock). We have a very good all-rounder in Jason Holder. In Rahul and Manish Pandey, we have two solid Indian batsmen,” Sanjiv Goenka, RPSG Group chairman, told TOI.
“In the auction, it was a conscious effort to go for spinners, particularly multi-utility spinners. That’s also worked out well. The team looks balanced,” he added.
Andy Flower gives reasoning behind Krunal Pandya’s purchase
Krunal Pandya was specifically targeted for his spin-bowling option in the middle-overs and also the ability to come in at No.5 and smash the ball, as per head coach Andy Flower. The Zimbabwean also revealed that he enjoyed the entire process.
“I wouldn’t blanked-value one type of cricketer with the value of another type. In Krunal’s case, we targeted the individual. He has loads of IPL experience, is a very useful spin option, and can bat at No.5.
“It was a first for me, planning with Gautam Gambhir (team mentor), Vijay Dahiya (assistant coach), and KL (Rahul). I’m glad all the planning was on point,” Flower mentioned.