On Thursday, the Delhi Capitals will play the Lucknow Super Giants at the DY Patil Stadium in the fifteenth game of the 2022 Indian Premier League. The Capitals got off to a strong start in the competition, defeating Mumbai Indians by four wickets; however, they were defeated by Gujarat Titans by 14 runs in their second game. Meanwhile, the Lucknow Super Giants have won two games in a row and are on a roll (against Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad).

Lucknow Super Giants have reinforced their all-round assault with the addition of Jason Holder in their last game. Holder, Krunal Pandya, and Deepak Hooda were among the three outstanding all-rounders in their XI against the Sunrsiers, despite the latter’s absence from the bowling attack. Meanwhile, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur, both veteran players, provide useful all-around alternatives for the Capitals. If he can build on his great start, Lalit Sharma might be on his way to having a breakout season in the IPL as well.

Regardless, LSG’s all-around strength poses a threat to the opponent, according to Assistant Coach Shane Watson of the Washington Capitals.

“Having excellent all-round choices is undeniably beneficial to the captain. If one of your primary bowlers has a bad day, you can mix and match your bowlers to try to minimise the damage,” Watson told before the team’s match against the Super Giants.

“Both Krunal Pandya and Deepak Chahar bowled quite effectively. Jason Holder was an important part in LSG’s last game. There’s little question that having a variety of bowling alternatives helps.”

However, Watson cautioned that it might backfire on Rahul and his colleagues.