Gujarat Lions came into existence in the year 2016 and is owned by Mr Keshav Bansal who is the director of Intex technologies. The team Gujarat Lions was formed after the Chennai super kings & Rajasthan Royals was suspended due to the involvement of few noted international cricketers in match fixing. Currently, the elegant southpaw Suresh Raina is the captain of the team and Brad Hodge is the coach. The former Indian batsman Mohammed Kaif is the assistant coach and the Zimbabwean great Heath Streak is the bowling coach. This team is packed with some of the notable stars like JP Duminy, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Chris Morris, Jayant Yadav, Carlos Brathwaite, Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Pat Cummins and various other domestic Indian cricketers. This team has the some of the great hitters that take the tear the bowling apart on the given day.
Suresh Raina has also captained the Indian team for a little time but certainly has shown a great character in the leading the team from the front. Gujarat lions started on a winning note in the initial matches but somehow lost the way later. But captaincy of Suresh Raina was appreciated by former greats of the game. This flamboyant stylish left hander has all the strokes but prefers more of playing big lofted shots over mid-wicket and in the front of the square. The best part associated with Suresh Raina is that he is a great finisher and a match winner. Further, Suresh Raina is great batsmen in T20 matches with good reflexes, hence one the best fielders currently in cricket. Further, Suresh Raina is the first Indian player to score 3000 runs in the IPL history. He is also a useful left arm off-spinner which comes handy in breaking partnerships at any stage. Furthermore, the ability to bowl and bat makes him certainly a terrific all-rounder that can change the course of the game on his day. Suresh Raina has a safe pair of hands and rarely drops a catch. Moreover, he can clear the boundaries at will and is also a good runner between the wickets. He is certainly the backbone of the Gujarat Lions squad thus making an integral part of the core nucleus of the team.
Rishabh pant is the left-handed wicketkeeper batsman from Uttarakhand state who has scored consistently & heavily in the domestic cricket. Currently, he plays in the Ranji trophy from the Delhi team and came into limelight. In the under-19 cricket world cup Rishabh pant has scored the fastest fifty at this level. Recently, some of the power performances by him in Ranji season like fastest century in the domestic cricket brought him into reckoning. Further, he is also named as the captain of the Delhi ranji team owing to the back of the superb performances. Rishabh Pant also holds the record of becoming the youngest player for India to make a debut in a T20 match. Furthermore, he has not got enough chances during past IPL seasons but will surely make a mark this season. Rishabh pant is also regarded as one of the most powerful hitters of the cricket ball and can hit those big sixes at will. Some of the cricketing greats of the game see Rishabh pant as the perfect replacement for Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Time will certainly let us know what happens in the future but his stylish left-hander seems to have a great future ahead.
There is already a cricketing buzz that about this terrific young dashing wicket-keeper and will certainly play an important role in Gujarat Lions squad.