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IPL 2022 Mega Auctions: Gautam Gambhir Reveals Team Strategy, Says Want Players Willing to Play For Franchise Not India

Lucknow Super Giants would look to invest in players who remain true to the franchise and not eye playing for India during those two months of the IPL.

Updated: January 31, 2022 8:54 PM IST

By Sports Desk | Edited by Sajal Patra

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Gautam Gambhir reveals Lucknow Super Giants' IPL Mega Auctions 2022 plans. (Credit: IANS)

New Delhi: Former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir made it clear that they are looking for players who are honest and are willing to prioritise playing for Lucknow in those two months of IPL rather than eyeing an India cap which may come as a by-product at most.

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“We want players who are honest, want to play for the franchise and who do not think of playing for India in those two months. Playing for India is a by-product. We want performances for Lucknow,” the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

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Talking about KL Rahul who is being paid a whopping ₹17 crore by the franchise, Gambhir said, “It is for the support staff to make him feel free. The biggest burden will not be the price tag but the pressure to perform.”

Sanjiv Goenka, who is the owner of the Lucknow franchise said that appointing Rahul as the captain was a no brainer and he was left impressed by his cool and unflappable temperament.

“Appointing KL as captain was no brainer. We approached him and there was a meeting of minds. I am very impressed with his cool approach and unflappable temperament. He is not very expressive and that’s also the way I am,” Goenka added.

“Gautam suggested we go in with an uncapped player. Bishnoi is a wicket-taker and an outstanding fielder. The combination is very good,” he further said.

Talking about the importance of winning a lot of matches that eventually will enhance brand value, Goenka reckons, “If you have more players of the national team in the IPL team, it will add to brand value. Eventually what will enhance brand value is wins. One needs to perform to win and compete effectively.”

The 2022 IPL Mega Auction is scheduled to take place on 12 and 13 February 2022.

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Published Date: January 31, 2022 8:48 PM IST

Updated Date: January 31, 2022 8:54 PM IST