Gujarat Lions will begin their IPL campaign in the tenth edition versus Kolkata Knight Riders and expect the team being cheered at their home ground. Gujarat won the Ranji Trophy this year and if they are able to lift the IPL trophy, it will be an icing on the cake for them. And if there is one man who will responsible for giving Gujarat their share of IPL glory, apart from the team and the players, it is the team owner Keshav Bansal.
Keshav is the man who wanted a team for Gujarat and persuaded his father Narendra Bansal who also happens to be the chairman of Intex, to buy an IPL team.
He is a very important man at Intex. He has become a far more important guy for Gujarat Lions in the last one year.
Here are five facts that you must know about Keshav Bansal:
Youngest to own an IPL team:
It was Keshav Bansal who wanted an IPL team for Gujarat and he became the youngest owner of an IPL team. He was just 24 when his company Intex won the bid and the idea of Gujarat Lions came into existence.
Sportsman by heart:
He might be running a big company these days. However, Keshav remains a sportsperson by heart. No wonder he saw a great opportunity to associate himself with a sport that the country loves through IPL. No many know that but Keshav is a fitness freak and was a state-level squash player. He also played football for a long time.
Battled his way to the top:
Many would think it would have been easy for Keshav to become a business leader. However, he was not at the top rank from the start. Despite being the son of the chairman of Intex, he joined the logistics department first and only after he proved his mettle that he was promoted to the marketing team. Look, how far he has taken the company.
Winner of numerous awards:
He has been an influential figure in Intex since the day he joined the company. He has brought several laurels for the company and has been appreciated for his work in form of many awards. In 2013, he was chosen as the ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ by NCN magazine. He also has to his name the ‘Amity Leadership Award for Business Excellence’. GQ magazine had listened to him among the 50 most influential young Indians, which is a great achievement.
Took just 20 minutes to persuade his father to buy an IPL team:
Being a young business leader and a sports fan, Keshav joined Intex with fresh ideas. He saw a great opportunity to make Intex stand out among the other business groups who also had an IPL team. Quite surely, it was a great move in terms of branding. Keshav had seen how his company could benefit from this move and how Gujarat people could also take pride in calling the name of their own IPL team. He discussed the idea with his dad Narendra Bansal and within 20 minutes persuaded him to buy an IPL team.
Keshav has been making headlines for his massive support for his team and being with them, both in times of success and failures. Such leadership is commendable and in 2017, we might see the ‘Lions’ roar hard.