Aakash Chopra opens up on Lucknow Super Giants’ acquisition of David Willey in IPL 2024 auction
By SMCS - Jan 22, 2024 10:30 am
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Aakash Chopra added David Willey might not get a place in the Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) playing XI in IPL 2024. However, LSG bought Willey for ₹2 crore at the IPL 2024 auction. They spent a total of ₹12.20 crore to buy six players at the auction in December last year as well.

David Willey
David Willey bowled a brilliant spell

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “David Willey has come in place of Daniel Sams. I have got no idea how much value he would add. They probably saw that he dismissed three Indian players early there (in Lucknow) in the World Cup. So maybe David Willey is that kind of a player and he will be available for the entire season. However, he doesn’t have chances to play. They have taken Shivam Mavi. Avesh Khan left, so they needed a backup. They took Shivam Mavi and he was actually bought quite expensive – 6.40 crores. They spent 2.40 crores for M Siddharth. Ashton Turner – you see slight glimpses of Justin Langer there. Ashton Turner – Perth, you get the drift.”

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While observing that Mohd Arshad Khan and Arshin Kulkarni were the franchise’s other two purchases, he also added that the focus will be on the latter, who is currently playing for India in the Under-19 World Cup.

Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

“You might see Mayank Yadav playing this year. He plays for Delhi. He is tall and is a pacy bowler. Yash Thakur already did well last year. Then you have got Mohsin Khan and Shivam Mavi has also come now. So their Indian fast bowlers’ grouping looks very decent. In spin, they have Krunal Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra and Krishnappa Gowtham. So they have four spin-bowling options. It’s evident in this team’s DNA that they need all-rounders. They want multi-skilled players,” Aakash Chopra concluded.