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Lucknow IPL Team Names KL Rahul Skipper, Picks Bishnoi & Marcus Stoinis

Lucknow has picked from the draft ahead of the mega auction on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and uncapped Indian leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi are the other two.

KL Rahul To Lead Lucknow Franchise; Bishnoi And Marcus Stoinis To Be Part Of Team
Australia’s Marcus Stoinis and Rajasthan’s Ravi Bishnoi are the other two players understood to have been picked by Lucknow’s IPL franchise before the auction. (Photo:File)

New Delhi: KL Rahul has been picked by the Lucknow IPL franchise ahead of the 2022 Auction that is set to happen on February 12 and 13. T20 World Cup winner Australia’s Marcus Stoinis and Rajasthan’s Ravi Bishnoi are the other two players who have been picked by Lucknow’s IPL franchise before the auction.

In-form Indian cricketer KL Rahul, who was released by Punjab Kings (PBKS) ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega-auction, has been roped in as the top player by the Lucknow franchise. Rahul, who also remains to be one of the most consistent players in the IPL, was touted to be bought by one of the two new IPL franchises.

As reported by ESPN Cricinfo, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and Indian leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi are the two other players who have been picked from the players’ draft by the Lucknow franchise. The report added that while Rahul was bought for Rs 15 crore, Stoinis and Bishnoi were picked for Rs 11 crore and Rs 4 crore respectively.

This means that the Lucknow franchise will enter the mega auction with a purse of Rs 60 crores.

Rahul started his IPL career in 2014 with Sunrisers Hyderabad, later he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016 and was bought for 11 crores by the Punjab franchise in the 2018 auction. Overall he scored 2548 runs for the Punjab franchise at an average of 56.62 in just 55 innings.

Rahul is currently the stand-in captain of the Indian ODI team in South Africa in the absence of an injured Rohit Sharma. The 29-year-old has been one of the most consistent batters in the IPL since the 2018.

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