IPL 2024: Lucknow Super Giants announce overseas star as vice-captain ahead of Krunal Pandya


In a significant development ahead of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) franchise has unveiled their newly-appointed vice-captain. Nicholas Pooran, the hard-hitting batsman from the West Indies, is set to don the role of KL Rahul’s second-in-command as the team gears up for the tournament. The position carries substantial importance, as Pooran will have the responsibility of providing support and leadership alongside Rahul.

Pooran’s association with the Lucknow based franchise was cemented last year with an acquisition cost of INR 16 crore, and his elevation to the vice-captaincy marks a pivotal step in LSG’s strategic game plan. Despite reaching the playoffs in both of their initial seasons, the team has its sights firmly fixed on clinching their inaugural IPL title. The decision to appoint Pooran as vice-captain is a testament to his leadership skills and his potential to lead from the front alongside captain Rahul.

Prior to Pooran’s official designation, the vice-captaincy was not formally announced by LSG. However, during IPL 2023, when KL Rahul was sidelined due to injury, it was Krunal Pandya who assumed leadership duties for six matches. With him at the helm, LSG secured three victories and suffered two defeats, with one match against the formidable Chennai Super Kings being affected by inclement weather.

As the team enters the new season, they will be fortified by the guidance of Justin Langer as the head coach, accompanied by fresh recruitments including the talented Devdutt Padikkal, speedster Shivam Mavi, England’s David Willey, spinner M Siddharth, and Carlton Baugh Jr’s replacement, Shamar Joseph. These additions are expected to create a more formidable and well-rounded team.

One of the intriguing storylines for this upcoming season is the tactical shift involving KL Rahul. Having opened the batting innings in the past couple of seasons, there is growing curiosity around his potential new role in the middle order. This change, if it materializes, could add a new dimension to LSG’s approach and strategy.

The Lucknow Super Giants will be counting on their amalgamation of experience and young talent to navigate the fiercely competitive IPL landscape. With a squad rich in diversity and skill, the team’s composition is a balanced mix of domestic and international players who are ready to leave an indelible mark on the cricket field.

Fans and analysts will closely monitor the synergy between captain Rahul and his newly-appointed vice-captain, Nicholas Pooran. Their partnership is pivotal as they seek to pilot the franchise to its maiden title triumph. The presence of global cricket stars like Quinton de Kock, Marcus Stoinis, and Kyle Mayers adds to the team’s depth and international flavor.

The full squad for LSG in the IPL 2024 season includes a blend of established veterans and emerging prospects: KL Rahul (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Quinton de Kock, Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Mayers, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ayush Badoni, Devdutt Padikkal, Ashton Turner, David Willey, Shamar Joseph, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mohsin Khan, Amit Mishra, Yudhvir Charak, Prerak Mankad, Shivam Mavi, Yash Thakur, Arshin Kulkarni, M Siddharth, Arshad Khan.

As the IPL 2024 edges closer, the spotlight shines brightly on the Lucknow Super Giants. The team’s management and fans alike harbor high hopes for this season, as they seek to build upon their past successes and break new ground with a championship victory. With the stage set and expectations high, Pooran’s role looms large as he steps into the vice-captaincy role, ready to prove his mettle in one of the most exciting cricket leagues in the world.

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