Former Team India cricketer Aakash Chopra has named three cricketers the Lucknow franchise should pick in the draft ahead of the IPL 2022 auction. The Lucknow franchise, one of the two new teams in IPL 2022, is owned by the RPSG group chairman Sanjeev
All eight existing IPL franchises have already exercised their right to retain players ahead of the upcoming auction. The two new franchises – based out of Lucknow and Ahmedabad – can now pick three players each in a draft before the remaining players go into the auction.
In a video, Aakash Chopra named KL Rahul, Rashid Khan, and either Ishan Kishan or Hardik Pandya as the three players the Lucknow should target.
“I am saying the three players you should pick are KL Rahul – who you can pick as your captaincy candidate, Rashid Khan as your second pick and if you can get one out of Ishan Kishan or Hardik Pandya, that will be your third pick. I am not looking towards Shreyas Iyer or Chahal,” Aakash Chopra said.
The cricketer-turned-commentator also explained why he doesn’t want to go for Iyer and Chahal. He reasoned:
“I am not looking towards Chahal because I am looking towards Rashid. And if you have Rahul, then you don’t need Iyer. So my dream wishlist will be KL Rahul as captain and a keeper, get Rashid Khan – phenomenal player and after that, Ishan Kishan or Hardik Pandya – Hardik Pandya might be a better choice but I will be absolutely ready to take Ishan Kishan.”