New Players in Gujarat Lions Squad for IPL Season 10
Question in detail
At the core of Gujarat Lions' line-up are some of the world's most explosive batsmen, including Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo and Aaron Finch. Lions are a good batting side and there is no doubt about the fact. Despite finishing top of the league last IPL season, Gujarat failed to make it to the final as they lost both of their playoff games. For this IPL season, Lions released eight players including one overseas player. Dale Steyn is the only overseas player Lions released. Steyn' exclusion is the result of his shoulder injury which he suffered during South Africa's tour of Australia in November 2016. Due to injury, Steyn has been ruled out of Gujarat Lions' team in IPL 2017.
The projected Gujarat Lions' team in IPL 2017 could be as: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina (c), James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dhawal Kulkarni, Ishan Kishan, Shivil Kaushik, Praveen Kumar. Despite the release of 8 players, Gujarat has solid bench strength which includes explosive Aaron Finch, pacer Andrew Tye, middle-order batsman Jaydev Shah, left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati and overseas fast bowler Pradeep Sangwan.
Going into the IPL auction 2017, Lions will eye to replenish Pravin Tambe's spot with an Indian leg-spinner. Other than this, they might bid for an Indian off-spinner for variety. To strengthen their pace attack, they will have an Indian fast bowler on their radar. They won't also hesitate buying an inexpensive overseas all-rounder as a backup for either injured Bravo or Faulkner. Currently they hold only one specialist pacer, and this raises the need of buying an overseas fast bowler. Now, let's have a look at some of the probable new players in Gujarat Lions' squad for IPL season 10.
The number of players Lions can buy is 11, and the spots left for overseas players are 3. Lions are likely to buy one out of Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins or Tymal Mills as an overseas fast bowler. Corey Anderson could be seen filling the vacuum of an overseas all-rounder. Pawan Negi, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma are a few Indian spin all-rounders Lions can go for. When talking about a specialist Indian spinner, M Ashwin in all likelihood can be Lions' first choice. Given Lions' requirements, one out of Varun Aaron, Basil Thampi, Aswin Crist, Mohammed Siraj, K Vignesh or T Natrajan can fill the slot of Indian fast bowler. This would be interesting to see which of these players will brace Lions' squad after auction.
Which players are Gujarat Lions likely to buy this IPL 2017 auction?