IPL 2022: KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi set to join Lucknow franchise;
IPL 2022: The Lucknow IPL franchise has signed three players. It includes KL Rahul, who will lead India in the ODI series against South Africa. Marcus Stoinis, an Australian all-rounder and Ravi Bishnoi, an uncapped Indian leg-spinner. They are the other two players as reported by ESPN Cricinfo.
Rahul, 29, was the first player signed by the RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. They purchased the Lucknow franchise for INR 7090 crore (about USD 940 million) last October. Since the 2018 IPL, Rahul has been one of the most consistent batters in the league. He had previously told his previous organisation, Punjab Kings. He had been captain for the previous two seasons, that he wanted a change. And was consequently discharged by the management.
Rahul began his IPL career with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013. He was transferred to Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014, and was traded back to Royal Challengers in 2016. Before being purchased by the Punjab franchise (formerly Kings XI Punjab) for INR 11 crore in the 2018 auction.
Stoinis will play in his fourth IPL season in Lucknow. He began his career with the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2015, and he returned to the team in 2020 after being purchased for INR 4.8 crore. Stoinis, 32, has played 27 games for the Capitals, scoring 441 runs at a strike rate of 142.71 and taking 15 wickets. He had also played for Punjab and Royal Challengers in the interim.
Bishnoi was one of the most sought-after uncapped players ahead of this year’s IPL auction, with several franchises indicating great interest in him after his performance in the 2020 Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, where he finished as the leading wicket-taker. Punjab was one of them, having won a bidding war for him alongside Mumbai Indians in the 2020 auction for INR 2 crore.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the franchise will be auctioned off in February for INR 60 crore, with Rahul earning INR 15 crore, Stoinis earning INR 11 crore, and Bishnoi earning INR 4 crore. KL Rahul will also serve as the team’s captain.