K L Rahul was one of the first players who were chosen by the Lucknow SuperGiants in their draft. The franchise offered him a whooping amount of INR 17 crore. It is very likely that K L will open the batting, however it is yet to be seen whether he will keep wickets also.
In a chat hosted by Sports Tak, when the host Vikrant Gupta asked whether K L Rahul or Quinton De Kock will do the wicket-keeping, here is what Gautam Gambhir replied, “I think Quinton De Kock should do the wicket-keeping. And he is likely to do that because he is a full time wicket-keeper which will allow K L Rahul to do batting with lesser worries.
When you are doing keeping, opening the batting and captaining also, then you have three jobs to look after. There is no player who can do such three jobs at a time. In the case of Quinton De Kock keeping the wickets, Rahul will have better prospect at decision-making.”
Gambhir said that he was given a free hand for choosing the players however the final decision was taken by the owner Sanjeev Goenka.
The IPL 2022 will start from 3rd April 2022 and it will features 10 teams for the first time. Lucknow SuperGiants and Ahmedabad based franchise “The Gujarat Titans” are the two new additions which were brought for INR 7000 Cr and INR 5000 Cr respectively.