IPL team profile: Gujarat Lions
Team: Gujarat Lions
Captain: Suresh Raina
Coach: Brad Hodge
IPL Best: NA
Overview: A brand new team into the tournament in season but mostly old faces as the Lions boast some of the more experienced T20 campaigners.
India international Suresh Raina has been appointed as captain of the side that will look to make a good first impression at the IPL party.
Key Batsman: Now free of international duty, New Zealand's explosive batsman Brendon McCullum will come into event fresh, mentally and physically, and you can expect him to lead the way with the willow.
Key Bowler: A proven performer on the international stage, especially in the shortest format, India spinner Ravindra Jadeja will be key if the Lions want to seize control in the middle-overs.
Likely Benchwarmer: Australia and Perth Scorchers seamer Andrew Tye was picked by the Lions in the auction on the back of some outstanding performances in the Big Bash League but will struggle to hold down a regular spot in the first XI.
They Said: Captain Suresh Raina: "Just go there and smash. That's what I have done in the last few years, be it in the IPL or while playing for India, and I have done this really well over the years."
Squad: Suresh Raina (c), Brendon McCullum (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Pravin Tambe, Dale Steyn, Pravin Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ishan Kishan, Shadab Jakati, Shivil Kaushik, Sarabjit Ladda, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma
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