The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India and the country’s most popular domestic cricket competition. It was established by the BCCI in 2008 and is currently contested by eight teams, each representing different cities in India.
Teams compete for the title by playing against each other twice in a home-and-away format to decide the best team. At the end of the season, four teams from a single group enter a playoff system where they face off at various venues across India to become champions.
In the fifteenth season of IPL, which is in the current year 2022, two new franchise cricket teams have been announced by the BCCI. So the question arises which two new teams in IPL 2022 will be playing?
The two new teams are ‘The Gujarat Titans’ (representing the Ahmedabad city of Gujarat) and ‘The Lucknow Super Giants’ (representing the city Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh). So making the IPL 2022 a tournament of a total of 10 teams. Both teams have chosen their draft picks before the mega auction of this IPL season. Here is detailed information about both teams.
The Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans are one of the new franchise cricket teams in the Indian Premier League. It is an Ahmedabad, Gujarat-based team that will debut in the upcoming season of IPL. The team was founded in 2021 and is owned by the CVC Capital Partners.
It is a British firm of investment advisory and private equity. The Gujarat Titans will play its home matches in the Narendra Modi Stadium (previously known as Motera Stadium). The Narendra Modi Stadium is the hugest in the world, with 132000 viewers capacity, which is the highest of all stadiums.
The team has already opted for Hardik Pandya (for 15 crores), Rashid Khan (also for 15 crores), and Shubman Gill (for eight cores) as its draft picks. As per the news, Hardik Pandya will be the captain, and the team will be coached under Ashish Nehra. The other two players include:
- Rashid Khan- An Afghan player who was formerly in Sunrisers Hyderabad is one of the best spin bowlers of the Indian Premier League. Rashid Khan is a right-arm spin bowler. He has been incredibly successful in many global t-20 tournaments, including the Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL), and of course, the Indian Premier League.
- Shubman Gill- Talking about Shubman Gill, an Indian right-handed batsman who was previously in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He played a significant role in bringing India’s under 19 trophy home in 2018. He was a vice-captain of the under 19 Indian cricket team.
Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants is the second new franchise cricket team that will play in the Indian premium League of 2022. Lucknow Super Giants, the Uttar Pradesh-based cricket team, will be playing its home matches in matches in the BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium of Lucknow.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (BRSABV) Ekana Cricket Stadium, also known as Ekana Cricket Stadium, is an international stadium of Lucknow with a capacity of about 50,000 fans.
The team owner is the RPSG Group, which is the same firm that previously owned the Rising Pune Supergiant (2016-17). RPSG group is a Kolkata-based Indian MNC also known as RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group.
The Lucknow Super Giants have chosen KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi as their draft picks for IPL 2022. The team will be captained by KL Rahul (17 crores), a former captain of Kings Eleven Punjab, and before that, he was a player of Royal Challenger’s Bangalore (RCB) for two years.
The team is coached by Andy Flower, a coach of the Zimbabwean Cricket team and one of the best former cricketers of the Zimbabwean team.
- Marcus Stoinis- Lucknow Super Giants signed the player Marcus Stoinis for 9.2 crores as one of its drafts picks. He is an Australian all-rounder cricket player formerly in Delhi Capitals and gave an outstanding performance in the IPL 2020.
- Ravi Bishnoi was signed for four crores by the Lucknow Super Giants as their draft pick. He is a right-arm spin bowler who has given magnificent performance in 2020 under 19 world cup. He was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament and took 17 wickets.
There are ten teams in the Indian Premier League this season. These two new teams will be playing in the IPL 2022, which will begin in April 2022. With two new teams and lots of action, the fan is destined to witness one of the best campaigns of IPL so far.
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