The Gujarat Lions (often abbreviated as GL) were a franchise cricket team based in the city of Rajkot, Gujarat, that represented Indian state Gujarat in the Indian Premier League. The team played in the Indian Premier League for 2 years, the 2016 and 2017 season. The team entered the IPL as one of the replacements for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were both suspended for two seasons due to alleged illegal betting by their respective owners. The franchise was owned by Intex Technologies.
|Owner||Keshav Bansal (Intex Technologies)|
|City||Rajkot, Gujarat, India|
|Home ground||Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot|
|Secondary home ground(s)||Green Park Stadium, Kanpur|
|Gujarat Lions in 2017|
During the 2016 IPL players draft, the Rajkot franchise picked Indian cricketers Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, along with Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo. In an event held in New Delhi, the Rajkot-based team was named as Gujarat Lions and Suresh Raina was announced as their captain.
The team played five of their home matches at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot and two of their home matches at Green Park Stadium, Kanpur in the IPL 2016. In IPL 2016, the team won 9 matches.
Administration and support staffEdit
Sponsors and partnersEdit
A total of 13 sponsors signed up to partner Gujarat Lions.
The official merchandise is provided by TYKA and the principal shirt sponsor is Oxigen Wallet, TVS Tyres, Astral Pipe, Intex, Gujarat Tourism are the sponsors for 2016 season. Kansai Nerolac Paints and Sanghi Industries were associate sponsor. Jio joined for 2017 season.
|Year||Kit Manufacturers||Sponsor (Front)||Sponsor (Back)||Sponsor (Chest)|
|2016||TYKA||Oxigen Wallet||TVS Tyres||Lawman Pg3|
The team was captained by Suresh Raina and had a host of T20 stars in Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner and Brendon McCullum. In 2017, they bought Manpreet Gony, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, Tejas Baroka, Shelley Shaurya, Shubham Agarwal, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri and Akshdeep Nath.
|Indian players||Overseas players|
|No.||Date||Opponent||Venue||Result||Man of the Match||Scorecard link|
|1||11 April 2016||Kings XI Punjab||Mohali||Won by 5 wickets||Aaron Finch – 74 (47)||Scorecard|
|2||14 April 2016||Rising Pune Supergiant||Rajkot||Won by 7 wickets||Aaron Finch – 50 (36)||Scorecard|
|3||16 April 2016||Mumbai Indians||Mumbai||Won by 3 wickets||Aaron Finch – 67* (54)||Scorecard|
|4||21 April 2016||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Rajkot||Lost by 10 wickets||Scorecard|
|5||24 April 2016||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Rajkot||Won by 6 wickets||Scorecard|
|6||27 April 2016||Delhi Daredevils||Delhi||Won by 1 run||Scorecard|
|7||29 April 2016||Rising Pune Supergiant||Pune||Won by 3 wickets||Dwayne Smith 63 (37)||Scorecard|
|8||1 May 2016||Kings XI Punjab||Rajkot||Lost by 23 runs||Scorecard|
|9||3 May 2016||Delhi Daredevils||Rajkot||Lost by 8 wickets||Scorecard|
|10||6 May 2016||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Hyderabad||Lost by 5 wickets|
|11||8 May 2016||Kolkata Knight Riders||Kolkata||Won by 5 wickets||Praveen Kumar 2/19 (4 Overs)||Scorecard|
|12||14 May 2016||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Bangalore||Lost by 144 Runs||Scorecard|
|13||19 May 2016||Kolkata Knight Riders||Kanpur||Won by 6 Wickets||Dwayne Smith 4/8 (4 Overs)||Scorecard|
|14||21 May 2016||Mumbai Indians||Kanpur||Won by 6 Wickets||Suresh Raina 58(36)||Scorecard|
|15||24 May 2016||Royal Challengers Bangalore (Qualifier 1) (Qualifier 1)}}||Bangalore||Lost by 4 wickets||Scorecard|
|16||27 May 2016||Sunrisers Hyderabad (Qualifier 2)||Delhi||Lost by 4 wickets||Scorecard|
|Overall record of 9 – 7
Failed to make Finals, ended 3/8
- Players with international caps are listed in bold.
- denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
- denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
|No.||Name||Nation||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Signed year||
|3||Suresh Raina||27 November 1986||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||2016||₹125 million (US$1.7 million)||Captain|
|10||Akshdeep Nath||10 May 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2017||₹1 million (US$14,000)|
|16||Aaron Finch||17 November 1986||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2016||₹10 million (US$140,000)||Overseas|
|20||Jason Roy||21 July 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2017||₹10 million (US$140,000)||Overseas|
|42||Brendon McCullum||27 September 1981||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2016||₹75 million (US$1.0 million)||Overseas|
|Jaydev Shah||4 May 1983||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||2016||₹2 million (US$28,000)|
|Chirag Suri||18 February 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2017||₹1 million (US$14,000)||Overseas|
|Pratham Singh||21 August 1992||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||2017||₹2 million (US$28,000)|
|8||Ravindra Jadeja||6 December 1988||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2016||₹95 million (US$1.3 million)|
|14||Shubham Agarwal||21 September 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break googly||2017||₹1 million (US$14,000)|
|44||James Faulkner||29 April 1990||Right-handed||Left-arm medium-fast||2016||₹55 million (US$770,000)||
|47||Dwayne Bravo||7 October 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2016||₹40 million (US$560,000)||Overseas|
|50||Dwayne Smith||12 April 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2016||₹23 million (US$320,000)||Overseas|
|56||Irfan Pathan||27 October 1984||Left-handed||Left-arm medium-fast||2016||Replacement signing|
|19||Dinesh Karthik||1 June 1985||Right-handed||2016||₹23 million (US$320,000)|
|23||Ishan Kishan||18 July 1998||Left-handed||2016||₹3.5 million (US$49,000)|
|1||Tejas Baroka||1 February 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break googly||2017||₹1 million (US$14,000)|
|5||Ankit Soni||2 August 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2017||Replacement signing|
|7||Nathu Singh||8 September 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||2017||₹5 million (US$70,000)|
|9||Manpreet Gony||4 January 1984||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2017||₹6 million (US$83,000)|
|13||Munaf Patel||12 July 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2017||₹3 million (US$42,000)|
|17||Praveen Kumar||2 October 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2016||₹35 million (US$490,000)|
|18||Pradeep Sangwan||5 November 1990||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||2016||₹2 million (US$28,000)|
|27||Shadab Jakati||27 November 1980||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2016||₹2 million (US$28,000)|
|30||Basil Thampi||11 September 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||2017||₹8.5 million (US$120,000)|
|36||Shivil Kaushik||9 July 1995||Right-handed||Slow left-arm chinaman||2016||₹1 million (US$14,000)|
|68||Andrew Tye||12 December 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||2016||₹5 million (US$70,000)||Overseas|
|91||Dhawal Kulkarni||10 December 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2016||₹20 million (US$280,000)|
|Shelley Shaurya||17 September 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2017||₹1 million (US$14,000)|
|Home team won||Visitor team won|
- Note: Results listed are according to the home (horizontal) and visitor (vertical) teams.
- Note: Click on a result to see a summary of the match.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- "Team Rajkot". IPLT20.com. 18 December 2015.
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- Choudhary, Vidhi (13 April 2016). "Meet Keshav Bansal, youngest IPL team owner". Mint.
- "Flawed teams look for consolation win". ESPNcricinfo. 9 May 2017.
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- Venkatesh, Shruti (22 June 2017). "Intex's Bansal keen to acquire IPL franchise". Forbes India.
- Mehta, Ivan (12 April 2017). "Emotional Connect With The Gujarat Lions Has Helped Our Sales: Intex's Keshav Bansal". The Huffington Post.
- "Gujarat Lions Players draft". Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions team profile". The Times of India. 11 April 2017.
- Choudhary, Vidhi (9 April 2016). "IPL season 9: Gujarat Lions, Rising Pune Supergiants bag 13 backers each". Mint. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- Mitra, Sounak (30 March 2016). "Intex signs Oxigen as title sponsor for Gujarat Lions". Livemint.
- Sharma, Ravi Teja (5 April 2016). "TVS Tyres signs up as principal sponsor of IPL team Gujarat Lions". The Economic Times.
- Vora, Rutam (9 April 2016). "IPL: Astral Poly Technik ties up with Gujarat Lions". The Hindu Business Line.
- "Govt signs agreement with 'Gujarat Lions' to become leading arm sponsor of franchise". The Times of India. 5 April 2016.
- Choudhary, Vidhi (9 April 2016). "IPL season 9: Gujarat Lions, Rising Pune Supergiants bag 13 backers each". Mint.
- Sharma, Ravi Teja (12 April 2016). "Kansai Nerolac signs up with Gujarat Lions as associate sponsor for IPL 9". The Economic Times.
- "Sanghi Industries is associate sponsor of Gujarat Lions team". The Hindu Business Line. 12 April 2016.
- "Gujarat Lions 2017". India Today. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
- "IPL 2017 list of players retained and released by Gujarat Lions". The Times of India. 17 February 2017.
- "Gujarat Lions look for winning start against KKR". The Hindu. 6 April 2017.
- Ananthasubramanian, Vignesh (22 May 2017). "IPL 2017: List of award winners and their prize money". Sportskeeda.
- Chauhan, Naveen (22 May 2017). "IPL 2017: ये बेहतरीन यादें छोड़ गया आईपीएल 10" (in Hindi). Amar Ujala.