Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra feels Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis‘ performances in IPL 2023 may determine the Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) success in the next season.
LSG acquired Pooran for a whopping sum of INR 16 crore at the mini-auction in Kochi on Friday, December 23. They also bought nine other players for a total sum of INR 3.8 crore.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra reflected on some of the Regarding Pooran, he said:
“Nicholas Pooran is their biggest purchase. They broke the entire bank on Nicholas Pooran. Their fortunes will solely depend on how they use Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis. They haven’t been able to use Marcus Stoinis well thus far. We will have to see how Nicholas Pooran plays because he might just hold the key to everything.”
Aakash Chopra feels the limited supply of overseas middle-order batters at the auction helped the former West Indies skipper attract huge bids, explaining:
“Nicholas Pooran is a perfect example of supply and demand. The last year was extremely ordinary but he was very expensive. But he has gone even more expensive this year, he has left his team’s captaincy as well. His stars are going down if you see his performances but if you see his price, you say wow.”
Pooran scored 306 runs at a decent average of 38.25 and an impressive strike rate of 144.33 for the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2022.
However, he had a middling year for the Windies in T20I cricket and stepped down as their limited-overs skipper after they failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup.