Monday, 28 March 2016

IPL 2016 Gujarat Lions Team, Schedule and Venue Details

IPL 2016 will commence from April 9, 2016. This year, Two Teams Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions will be making their debut in ipl. There two teams will serve as replacement for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.


Just Like Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions will also play the IPL for two years only. Gujarat Lions will play their first match of IPL 9 against Kings XI Punjab on April 11, 2016 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. This should be an interesting match as these teams look evenly matched on paper.

Also Read:- IPL 2016: Team Rajkot named Gujarat Lions, Suresh Raina appointed skipper

Gujarat Lions will play their home games in Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. However, the venue for the last two home games is yet to be confirmed. This is the first time that we see a team from Gujarat in IPL. Fans back in Gujrat will turn up in huge numbers to support their team in IPL 2016.

Gujarat Lions IPL 2016 Schedule

Date
Draw
Venue
April 11, 2016
Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
April 14, 2016
Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiants
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
April 16, 2016
Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions
Wankhede Stadium , Mumbai
April 21, 2016
Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
April 24, 2016
Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
April 27, 2016
Delhi daredevils vs Gujarat Lions
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
April 29, 2016
Rising Pune Supergiants vs Gujarat Lions
MCA International Stadium, Pune
May 1, 2016
Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
May 3, 2016
Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
May 6, 2016
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Lions
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
May 8, 2016
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
May 14, 2016
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
May 19, 2016
Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders
TBC, TBC
May 21, 2016
Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians
TBC, TBC

IPL 2016 auction was on February 6, 2016. Gujarat Lions being one of the new teams that is set to enter the IPL this year had a very busy outing on auction day.

They have grabbed a few key players. Here is Gujarat’s complete squad for IPL 2016

Gujarat Lions Squad for IPL 2016
Name
Role
Suresh Raina (Captain)
Batsman
Aaron Finch*
Batsman
Paras Dogra
Batsman
Umang Sharma
Batsman
Akshdeep Nath
Batsman
Jaydev Shah
Batsman
Dwayne Smith*
Batting All-rounder
Ravindra Jadeja
All-rounder
James Faulkner*
All-rounder
Dwayne Bravo*
All-rounder
Brendon McCullum*
Wicketkeeper Batsman
Dinesh Karthik
               Wicketkeeper Batsman                
Ishan Kishan
Wicketkeeper
Ekalavya Dwivedi
Wicketkeeper
Dale Steyn*
Bowler
Andrew Tye*
Bowler
Praveen Kumar
Bowler
Amit Mishra
Bowler
Pravin Tambe
Bowler
Dhawal Kulkarni
Bowler
Pradeep Sangwan
Bowler
Shadab Jakati
Bowler
Shivil Kaushik
Bowler
Sarabjit Ladda
Bowler

Suresh Raina will captain Gujarat Lions. Brendon McCullum from New Zealand will be vital for Gujarat’s success in IPL 2016.

They have plenty of firepower in the form of Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner. These players can help the team to win just about any match.

Coming to the Indian players group, they have Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik. Jadeja and Raina have played for Chennai Super Kings. Their chemistry should work well for Gujarat Lions. They have some experienced spinners such as Amit Mishra and Pravin Tambe. Tambe had a great outing with Rajasthan Royals. He would hope that the same would continue this time around as well.

In the pace department, they have Dale Steyn and Praveen Kumar. They both will likely be the new-ball bowlers for this new franchise.

They have tremendous overseas talent, selecting the best combination for each match should be a tough call for both Suresh Raina and Brad Hodge (coach).

Looking at the squad, they have great chances of reaching the play-offs of IPL 2016. With enough luck, they might even lift the cup.          

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