New Delhi: It might be their first tournament, but led by Suresh Raina, Gujarat Lions comprise some of the most formidable players from across the globe.
While they have a brilliant batting line-up in Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum and Raina himself, Dale Steyn, Praveen Kumar, James Faulkner provide a lot of strength to their bowling attack.
Raina will have the company of his CSK team-mates – McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, who have all played significant roles for the Chennai franchise in the past.
With so many match-winners in one team, it could be a great inaugural season for this team. Raina is leading an outfit for the first time in the IPL, and it's also an opportunity for him to display his captaincy skills.
Captain: Suresh Raina
Coach: Brad Hodge
Best performance: Maiden tournament
Squad: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Eklavya Dwivedi, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Shah, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe, Pradeep Sangwan, Amit Mishra, Shivil Kaushik, Aksh Deep Nath, Sarabjeet Ladda, Umang Sharma, Paras Dogra.
Players to watch out for: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum