Quinton de Kock
Big hit... South Africa's Quinton de Kock has come in for praise from Sunil Gavaskar ahead of the IPL 2022 clash between Lucknow and Gujarat tonight. Image Credit: Reuters

Mumbai: As debutants Gujarat Titans (GT) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) lock horns at the Wankhede Stadium tonight, all eyes will be on LSG’s opening pair KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock who joined the franchise from Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians respectively.

Speaking about K L Rahul and Quinton de Kock’s opening combination, legendary Sunil Gavaskar said, “The best part about Quinton de Kock is the fact that he also has captaincy experience. He has been a captain of South Africa and knows all formats of the game. He knows what team building is all about because we are talking about a different team now. He will be very keen to contribute towards the team building process. KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock’s right hand and left hand combination makes a devastating opening pair and they can get the team off to a flying start,” he added.

“When he was the captain of Punjab Kings, he seemed to be preoccupied, maybe he was not getting the 11 that he wanted. The new franchise Lucknow Super Giants is going to be a different challenge for KL and if he can bat the way he did in previous seasons and take the team to the knockouts if not actually the finals, then he would have taken a big step forward as far as his own cricketing career is concerned,” Gavaskar said.