Lucknow Super Giants qualified for the playoffs in the IPL 2022 season by finishing third on the points table. Needless to say, they lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator. As far as the IPL 2023 season is concerned, the Lucknow-based franchise made it to the playoffs by finishing third on the table.
However, as it turned out, they locked horns with Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator. LSG were totally outsmarted by Mumbai Indians in the crucial encounter at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. Batting first, Mumbai Indians posted 182/8 in 20 overs.
In reply, LSG were bowled out for 101 runs. Akash Madhwal was the pick of the bowlers for MI as he registered 5/5 in 3.3 overs. LSG went on to lose the game by 81 runs. LSG faced three problems throughout the IPL 2023 season but failed to address the woes that went on to haunt them. Let’s learn about them.
1. LSG relied too much on a few high-profile cricketers
KL Rahul was ruled out of the tournament owing to an injury and Krunal Pandya led the team from the front. However, LSG were dependent on a few high-profile cricketers such as Nicholas Pooran, Marcus Stoinis. Apart from that, Deepak Hooda, Manan Vohra, Karan Sharma and Krunal Pandya failed to turn up the ante.
With the ball, Ravi Bishnoi did deliver the goods by taking wickets but apart from him, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham and Amit Mishra failed to live up to their expectations.
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2. LSG’s batting order was not ideal
Lucknow Super Giants performed well in fragments with their batting unit but that didn’t do them a favor in the long run. As it turned out, the opposition teams exposed their frailties and whatever decisions they took in the batting order it didn’t pay off. Stand-in captain Krunal Pandya often promoted himself to the top four but that help the team in the batting unit.
3. LSG’s chop and change strategy
The Lucknow-based franchise made too many experiments. Apart from Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Krunal Pandya and Ravi Bishnoi, Kyle Mayers played 13 games whereas Deepak Hooda played 12 games. Besides them, no player played too many games as LSG kept changing the side every now and then.
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