Gujarat Lions are the new kids on the block in the IPL. Despite this, they had a fairly successful debut campaign in the IPL on the back some smart buys in the previous year. They will be hoping for the repeat of the same this year, in order to take them one step closer to winning the IPL.
The team from Rajkot have retained 22 players that includes key players in Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo. They have 14.35 crores left to spend.
Strategy for the IPL auctions
Gujarat have openly expressed their interest in signing England all-rounder Ben Stokes. So there is a good probability that they will likely spend a good chunk of their amount to sign the England all-rounder.
They already have a settled batting order and arguably the strongest set of openers in their squad in the form of Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum. With Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner and young Indian sensation Ishan Kishan, they also have a fairly settled middle and lower middle order.
This means that Gujarat are likely to concentrate their efforts on signing a quality spinner and they might take a bet on the willy old fox Pravin Tambe. They are also likely to go after an Indian pacer to compliment Pravin Kumar and might go for Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron.
If they manage to address this issues and manage the marquee signing of Ben Stokes, they might well become the dark horses to lift this seasons IPL.