New Delhi: It might be their first tournament, but led by Suresh Raina, the 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.
With so many match-winners in one team, it could be a great inaugural season for this team.
Raina has been a run-machine for the Chennai Super Kings in the eight editions so far, and it remains to be seen whether he can be equally brilliant for a new franchise.
Here is all that you need to know about the new franchise:
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