Two very talented cricketers and future captains of India Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant will also face each other when the new IPL team Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals face off on Thursday. Lokesh and Pant, who have the ability to take on any bowling attack, will look to keep their team strong in the opening rounds of the IPL. India are going to play a lot of cricket over the next few years and it is very important to handle the extra pressure on national captain Rohit Sharma and in this situation both Rahul and Pant will take the field with the intention of cementing their claim as the future. The captain Australian team has joined their respective franchises, which has also increased the enthusiasm of various teams. Aggressive opener David Warner has joined the Delhi team and all-rounder Marcus Stones has joined the team of Lucknow, which will strengthen the playing XI of both.
Warner replaces Tim Shiffert
Warner is likely to replace Tim Shift in the Delhi Capitals squad. Stones can replace Andrew Tye or Evin Lewis in the Lucknow team. The bowling of both the teams is a matter of little concern but the Lucknow team has performed well so far. With the inclusion of Jason Holder, the team of Lucknow has become even stronger. Warner, on the other hand, would like to open the innings with Prithvi Shaw and give Delhi an aggressive start. De Kock will return to the field with the intention of repeating the innings against Chennai. Delhi will be expecting big innings from Captain Pant and Prithvi. Lucknow looks weaker than Delhi in bowling.
Coach Ponting can give more chances to Mandeep
Lalit Yadav’s confidence is increasing in every match but veteran Mandeep Singh’s batting line-up is proving to be a weak link. Mandeep found it difficult to play the delivery of Lockie Ferguson and Hardik Pandya. In the absence of Mark Wood, the Lucknow team does not have a single bowler to bowl fast and in such a situation, Delhi coach Ricky Ponting can give Mandeep another chance. If Mandeep is taken out, then K.K. near Delhi. There will be three options in the form of Bharat, Sarfaraz Khan and Yash Dhool. Manish Pandey’s batting remains a matter of concern for Lucknow.