Justin Langer has been named the head coach of the Lucknow Super Giants franchise ahead of IPL 2024. Lucknow Super Giants was one of two franchises along with Gujarat Titans that joined the IPL from 2022 onwards. The former Australian coach has never been part of the coaching staff in IPL history but has lots of experience in T20 cricket with three Big Bash League titles for Perth Scorchers.
He was part of the Australian team that won the T20 World Cup for the first time in the United Arab Emirates. Langer did not renew his contract in 2022 after rejecting a short extension offer.
Sanjiv Goenka, owner of the Super Giants franchise said, “I have enjoyed my interactions with Justin Langer. He seems to bring in a huge amount of aggression and a lot of clarity.” “Lucknow Super Giants are on the journey of building a great story in the IPL,” Langer said in a statement released by the franchise. “We all have a role to play in that journey and I am excited to be a part of the team moving forward.”
Performance of Lucknow Super Giants in IPL History
Lucknow Super Giants had a decent run in the two editions of IPL so far since their inception in 2022. They finished third in the league stage before losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator.
This time around also, Lucknow Super Giants lost in the eliminator again to Mumbai Indians. KL Rahul led Lucknow Super Giants during the 2022 edition. Krunal Pandya replaced KL Rahul as the captain and took the inexperienced side to the eliminator round.
Lucknow Super Giants franchise would be hoping that the likes of Justin Langer and Gambhir help them to win their first IPL title next year.
KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock were the top scorers for Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022 while Kyle Marcus Stoinis finished as top run-getter with 408 runs from 15 matches including a best score of 89 not out. He scored 3 half-centuries in the tournament with a strike rate of 150.
Ravi Bishnoi finished as the leading wicket-taker for LSG in the tournament with 16 wickets from 15 matches ( 14 innings). He picked the best figures of 3 for 28 at an economy of 7.72 runs per over.