IPL 2022: ‘KL Rahul will emerge as phenomenal leader’ says Lucknow owner Goenka;
IPL 2022: KL Rahul will emerge as a phenomenal leader believes Sanjiv Goenka. The owner of the Lucknow franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Rahul has everything required to win on the big stage, according to Goenka.
For upcoming IPL season, Lucknow has chosen KL Rahul (Rs 17 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 9.2 crore), and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 4 crore). KL Rahul to lead the team in upcoming season. Andy Flower has already been selected as the coach of the Lucknow franchise, while Gautam Gambhir, a former India batsman, will act as the franchise’s mentor.
“Yes, KL will be the captain. I have been very impressed by KL’s not only batting and wicketkeeping abilities but his leadership skills. He is evolving, he is growing, he is maturing as a player, as a leader and he is somebody I would’ve wanted to lead the team,” said Goenka on Star Sports’ show ‘IPL Selection Day’.
“And I do believe, given the right atmosphere, given the right environment, he will emerge as a phenomenal leader, and he has everything it takes to succeed,” he added.
Talking about the three draft picks for upcoming IPL season, Goenka said:
“There were multiple things. We were looking at not only building a team for one or two seasons, as we did in the case of Pune, but actually, building the foundation for a team, which will compete successfully for many years. We were also looking for players with more than one facet, so not singular-dimension players. So, KL is not only an outstanding batsman, he’s a great wicketkeeper.”
“Marcus is a great finisher, a good bowler, and a phenomenal fielder. Ravi brings a unique dimension to the spin department and is an exceptional fielder. So, we looked for players, who could do more than just one thing; players who would be with the franchise for several years – three, four, five, six, seven, eight years. And KL is in the batting department, Marcus is an all-rounder and Ravi is a bowler, so we have tried to cover all the three departments,” he added.
The IPL mega auction to be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13.