IPL 2022: With two new franchises added & a mega auction set to take place next month, the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will undergo a complete shuffle in the setup. And, with that, the league will also get two new captains. David Warner & KL Rahul along with two other players are likely to be on top of the target list of captains for both the newly added Lucknow & Ahmedabad franchises. Follow InsideSport.in for more updates
IPL 2022: 4 players whom new Franchises will target as Captain – Check out
RPSG Group bought the Lucknow IPL team for Rs. 7,090 crores, while CVC Capital Partners bought the Ahmedabad team for Rs 5,625 cr. Both teams will now be fretting over choosing a captain that can help in building a loyal fan base like the rest of the eight franchises.
Here, at InsideSport.in we have compiled a list of 4 players who will be on the target list –
David Warner: Australian opener & ‘Man of the Tournament’ in the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021, David Warner is the first-choice captain for both Lucknow & Ahmedabad. Things didn’t go well between Warner & his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2021 edition and the Australian opener is all set to start a new journey with a new franchise. Warner was sacked mid-season by Hyderabad
Warner, who is among the top 5 runs scorers in the history of the league, took SRH’s charge in 2015 and led them to the IPL title win in 2016. He remained a consistent run-scorer, scoring 600+ runs in six seasons, and also led SRH to the playoffs in 2017 as well.
KL Rahul: Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul has been in terrific touch for the last 4 seasons of the IPL. He was a big revelation when he joined Punjab Kings in 2018, winning the Orange Cap in his debut season as the Punjab captain. Averaging 50+ in each of the last 4 editions, Rahul has been terrific with the bat but failed to take his side into the playoffs.
As per the reports, KL Rahul is unlikely to be retained by the Punjab Kings, making the job easier for Lucknow & Ahmedabad to sign him as their captain.
Shreyas Iyer: Delhi Capital’s former skipper Shreyas Iyer led his side to its first IPL final in the 2020 edition in UAE. Under Iyer’s captaincy, Delhi Capitals made it to the playoffs twice, however, he suffered a shoulder injury at the start of the IPL 2021 and missed the 1st leg of the tournament, eventually losing his captaincy to Rishabh Pant.
Delhi is most likely to retain Rishabh Pant & Prithvi Shaw as Indian players which might force Iyer to go into the mega auction.
Steve Smith: With RPSG Group back in the IPL, Steve Smith too can return to a captaincy in the league. The former Australian skipper led RPSG’s Rising Pune Supergiants’ (RPS) in the two editions during 2016 and 2017. Smith even led RPS into the finals in IPL 2017 and the Lucknow franchise might reappoint him as the captain. Steve Smith is currently in the Delhi Capitals squad and is unlikely to be retained.
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