Lucknow Super Giants mentor Gautam Gambhir recently opened up about his expectations from the team's captain KL Rahul for the upcoming 2022 season of the IPL. Gambhir wants the skipper to take risks and play with a ‘fearless’ approach. He shared his point of view in a recent interaction with the media.

"Ultimately, it is the leader who is the flag-bearer of a team and so it’s Rahul who will lead Lucknow Super Giants on and off the field. For me, it is important to have KL Rahul the batter, who is also the captain of the team, rather than KL Rahul, the captain, who also bats. I hope I am able to make you understand the difference," Gambhir was quoted as saying by India Today.

 "Any captain should learn to take risks. I would want Rahul to take risks and, unless you take calculated risks, you won’t know if you would succeed or not. Also, this time, Quinton de Kock will be our wicketkeeper, so with no keeping duties, he can be free and relaxed, concentrate on his batting and leadership," the two-time World Cup winner continued.

"Know one thing. There is a difference between being talked up as a future India captain and ultimately being appointed India captain. I have never believed that you should play IPL, looking at the national team. IPL is a platform to express one’s self. One can grow as a leader but there are no guarantees that there is a time period that IPL will help you become India captain," he further said.

The Lucknow Super Giants are looking like one of the teams to watch out for in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After a successful auction, they have also created a strong backroom staff that can get the best out of their players. The LSG coaching staff is comprised of Andy Flower as the head coach and wicketkeeper-batter Vijay Dahiya has been hired as the assistant coach of the franchise.

Lucknow will face fellow debutants, the Gujarat Titans in their first match of the 2022 season. Both newcomers are set to go head to head at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 28 March at 7:30 pm (IST).