Gujarat Lions (GL) who are just playing their second IPL retained their core group of players for the 2017 season. However, the table toppers of last year need some beefing up of their domestic talent as they have let go of seven domestic players ahead of the IPL Auction. After finishing first in the league stage of the tournament, many people had a lot of expectations from this team whereas they dropped form at the finishing line.
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (SCA Stadium) in Rajkot will be the home ground for the Gujarat Lions. The wicket at the SCA stadium is a belter and batsman will be licking their lips once they get in. Considerably a big ground and hot weather during the tournament, the wicket at this venue will also assist spinners. In fact, this stadium has a total seating capacity of 28000.
LIST OF PLAYERS RELEASED
- Dale Steyn
- Pravin Tambe
- Paras Dogra
- Eklavya Dwivedi
- Umang Sharma
- Akshdeep Nath
- Sarabjit Ladda
Total Amount – INR 660,000,000
Amount Spent – INR 516,500,000
Amount remaining – INR 143,500,000
|Suresh Raina||Praveen Kumar||Ravindra Jadeja||Dinesh Karthik|
|Brendon McCullum||Dhawal Kulkarni||Dwayne Bravo||Ishan Kishan|
|Aaron Finch||Pradeep Sangwan||James Faulkner|
|Jaydev Shah||Andrew Tye||Dwayne Smith|
Total players in the squad – 16
Indian Players – 10
Foreign Players – 6 (They can pick 3 more foreign players at the auction).
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE IPL AUCTION 2017
Having released 6 Indian players from their squad, Gujarat Lions will want to make some handy domestic purchases at the auction. As a matter of fact, GL will be one team which will be keenly watching the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy which is India’s domestic T20 competition. Having let go of Dale Steyn, the management will also be considering to pick up an International fast bowler at the auction.
WHAT UWEWORLD THINKS GUJRAT LIONS WILL DO AT THE IPL AUCTION 2017
In particular, the owner of the team, flamboyant Mr Keshav Bansal will have a few wise decisions to make at this auction. Otherwise, the team combination could go horribly wrong for the Lions. The team is already spoilt in terms of batsmen, hence they should be very wise in picking their playing eleven.
Moreover, with 3 very good foreign openers in the squad, the competition among the foreign players to make it to the playing eleven will be a good one. This also means that if Gujarat plays 3 foreign openers or 3 foreign batsmen, then they can play only one foreign all-rounder which will, in turn, weaken their bowling.
THE TARGET FOR GL IN THE IPL AUCTION 2017
- A premium domestic and international fast Bowler.
- An Indian middle order batsman who can be a finisher.
- An experienced Indian spin bowler.
- Aggressive Indian opening batsman.
- An experienced International spinner to guide the Indian spinners.
PLAYERS ON GUJARAT LIONS’ RADAR
BATSMEN – Koushik Gandhi, Akhil Herwadkar, Saurabh Tiwari, Akshay Karnewar
ALL-ROUNDERS – Irfan Pathan, Rishi Dhawan, Pawan Negi
BOWLERS – Johan Botha, Jaydev Unadkat, Morne Morkel, Trent Boult, K Gowtham, Ishant Sharma, Scott Boland, Jhye Richardson
NOTE: This article is the thought-work of the Editor from UWeWorld. The Editor does not have any contacts or information from anyone involved with IPL or anyone involved with the team Gujarat Lions or any player.