Captained by Suresh Raina, Gujarat Lions was one of the replacement team for the two-year suspended Chennai Super and Rajasthan Royals and they will be hoping to sign off from the Indian Premier League tournament on a high.
With likes of Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch and James Faulkner, Gujarat Lions possess one of the most balanced squad in the tournament and have invested on the local talents in the recently concluded auction. They ended as table toppers in group stage last season with nine wins from 14 matches but lost both the play-off games and missed the berth in the final.
Finch was the leading run-getter for the team in the previous season, scoring 393 runs from 13 matches while Smith and Raina had successful seasons too. However, their bowling looks bit thin despite the having the likes of Andrew Tye, Faulkner and Bravo as they have pinned their hopes on local talents to deliver the goods with the ball.
Dale Steyn's injury lay-off has forced the franchise to release him along with Pravin Tambe, Paras Dogra, Dwivedi, Sarbajit Ladda, Umang Sharma and Amit Mishra.
They added more muscle to already batting dominated squad with the inclusion of Jason Roy while Manpreet Gony, Munaf Patel and Nathu Singh are other notable additions.
Jason Roy - He will be making his debut in the IPL this season and his hard hitting ability can help the team score quick runs at the start and with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Raina and Smith around, one can expect big scores from Gujarat Lions on a decent deck.
Suresh Raina - Has been struggling to find a place in the national squad but when it comes to IPL, he is one of the leading run-getter and has had huge success. He had an impressive debut as captain last season but could not quite take them to the full distance.
Suresh Raina (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah. Jason Roy, Basil Thampy, Manpreet Gony, Shubam Agarwal, Tejas Singh Baroka, Chirag Suri, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya.
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