Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) mentor Gautam Gambhir has shared the recipe behind his team’s success in the debut IPL season. Incidentally, the Super Giants are currently at the top of the IPL 2022 points table.
They have played consistent cricket throughout the season apart from a couple of mishaps here and there. Quite deservedly, they sit atop the points table before their game against Gujarat Titans. Sharing the secret behind Lucknow’s success ahead of the game against Gujarat, Gautam Gambhir said:
“The biggest secret to our success, is that we have just one monster, and that is the franchise, LSG. There is no hero worship. In T20s and in the IPL, you can’t brush things under the carpet. The day you start feeling that you are doing extremely well, your downfall starts. Still, a lot to improve.”
KL Rahul has led the team from the front with the bat while youngsters like Mohsin Khan and Ayush Badoni have stepped up to the task. All-rounder Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda and Jason Holder have also chipped in with telling contributions whenever needed.
50 percent of the job is done in the auction – Gautam Gambhir
The former India international also stressed the importance of having a good auction, saying that half of the job is done at the table. The Super Giants had a good auction ahead of IPL 2022, spending money on utility cricketers and young uncapped talents.
“The auction is very important. 50% of the job is done on the auction table. It helps the management when you pick a good side. But as long as they don’t perform on the field, it doesn’t matter even if you pick the best possible players,” Gambhir added.
Gautam Gambhir further added that playing for a new franchise is an added advantage for cricketers. They can play with a clear head and a legacy to build on.
“The franchise is new but the players are not new. This is not an excuse as all the players are experienced. It helps all players come in with a clean slate and without any baggage. There is no better opportunity than playing for a new franchise and leaving a legacy from the start,” he concluded.