Gujarat Lions is one of the two replacement team for Chennai super kings and Rajasthan Royals and unlike their contemporary Gujarat lions performed extremely well in the previous outing of IPL 2016. Despite topping the round robin league round in the ninth edition of IPL Lions were not able to make it to the finals. In this blog, we will have a close look at the IPL 2017 Team of Gujarat lions.
The bamboozled performance of the side in the last year have increased the expectations of performance from the side in IPL 2017. The Rajkot-based franchise excluded 8 players from their last year squad and among the major exclusion was that of Dale Steyn. Dale Steyn was left due to his struggling form in the last season as well as the current international scenarios. The major find of the last season in the Gujarat lions franchise was that of unorthodox left-arm Chinaman bowler Shivil Kaushik. The bowler played a vital role in making the team get to the qualifiers.
Winning 9 of their 14 matches, Lions were placed at top of the rankings at round robin league last season. With the likes of Bravo, Jadeja, Raina, Smith, Finch, McCullum to their side, Gujarat lions are unmatchable at the front. The major lookout for Gujarat Lions was finding a replacement for Steyn at the IPL 2017 Auction. Instead of finding a replacement from the international arena, the franchise of Gujarat Lions trusted in the domestic arena. Gony, Munaf Patel and Nathu Singh were the major buys as a fast bowler. With the inclusion of exclusive opener of England Jason Roy, the batting line up of the Lions has become formidable. The domestic superstar of Indian circuit Shubham Agarwal and Akash deep Nath were the other major buy for the Lions.
With the side having four world class frontline batsman it is obvious that not all be included in the playing eleven. The form of Ravindra Jadeja at Indian pitches is another major positive signs for the Gujarat lions. Apart from all this, Dinesh Karthik impeccable form at the domestic level must be boosting the moral of the Lions to another level. It is likely that Dwayne Bravo will miss one or two of the opening games due to his hamstring injury.
Gujarat Lions will be determined to finish their last season on a winning note by setting up the best playing eleven in the IPL 2017. Brad Hodge’s experience as the head coach will surely help them more. Kaif is the latest inclusion in the team as the assistant coach of the Gujarat Lions. The form which Raina carries in each and every IPL will surely increase the chances of Lions as the winner of IPL 2017.
Full squad: Suresh Raina, Akshdeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Dwayne Bravo, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shibil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brendon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Shelley Shaurya, Nathu Singh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka, Andrew Tye
Squad strength: 27 (19 Indian, 8 Overseas)
Players to watch out for:
Jason Roy, Ishan Kishan, Ravinder Jadeja and Akshdeep Nath.
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