The Lucknow Super Giants team is gearing up for its inaugural Indian Premier League season and preparations began earlier this year when the franchise named former India opener and two-time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir as their mentor. Former Zimbabwe captain and England coach Andy Flower has been roped in as head coach and there are plenty of other seasoned members who make up the support staff. Franchise owner Sanjiv Goenka and Gambhir spoke exclusively to DailyExpertNews on Monday where they discussed their plans for the upcoming mega IPL auction and the rationale behind choosing KL Rahul as the team captain.
KL Rahul will be paid a whopping 17 crore by the franchise and there will no doubt be some pressure on the opening batter. But Gambhir said that as a mentor, his job and that of the support staff is to help Rahul focus on his achievements and not the price tag he carries.
“It’s up to the support staff to make him feel free. The biggest burden will not be the price tag, but the pressure to perform,” Gambhir said.
Speaking of the strategy for the upcoming auction, Gambhir said the franchise is looking for players who prioritize playing for the franchise over everything else during the IPL.
“We want players who are honest, who want to play for the franchise and who don’t think about playing for India in those two months. Playing for India is a by-product. We want appearances for Lucknow,” the former Kolkata Knight Riders captaincy . said.
Team owner Sanjiv Goenka said it was not a good idea to pick Rahul as captain because of his track record. He also shed light on the decision to pick young leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi as one of the draft picks.
“Adding 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 is how I am,” said Goenka. .
“Gautam suggested going in with an uncapped player. Bishnoi is a wicket taker and an excellent fielder. The combination is very good,” he added.
When asked whether having the Indian whiteball team vice-captain as captain of the Super Giants will contribute to the team’s brand equity, Goenka said it is victories that will build the team’s brand.
“Having more national team players in the IPL team will increase brand equity. Ultimately, what will increase brand equity is wins. You have to perform to win and compete effectively,” Goenka said.
The franchise unveiled the logo of the side on Monday ahead of the 2022 mega sale. The franchise said the brand identity is inspired by ancient Indian mythology. “The mythical bird Garuda – who is a protector and enthroned with the power to move quickly – inspired us to create the team’s winged emblem. Garuda is ubiquitous in every Indian culture and subculture,” said Lucknow Super Giants in a statement. rack.
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