Gujarat Lions

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Gujarat lions
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Personnel
CaptainSuresh Raina[1]
CoachBrad Hodge[2]
OwnerKeshav Bansal (Intex Technologies)[3]
Team information
CityRajkot, Gujarat, India
FoundedDecember 2015 (December 2015)
DissolvedMay 2017
Home groundSaurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot[1]
(Capacity: 28,000)
Secondary home ground(s)Green Park Stadium, Kanpur[4]
(Capacity:32,000)

T20I kit

Gujarat Lions was a franchise cricket team based in the city of Rajkot, that represented the Indian state Gujarat in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team played in the IPL The team, along with Rising Pune Supergiant for two season between 2016 and 2017 as one of the replacements for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were both suspended for two seasons due to illegal betting by their respective owners.[5] The franchise was owned by Intex Technologies.[5][6][7][8]

History[edit]

2016[edit]

The team played five of their home matches at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot and two of their home matches at Green Park Stadium, Kanpur in the IPL 2016.[9] In IPL 2016, the team won 9 matches, and topped the points table.[10]

2017[edit]

In 2017, the team won four matches out of fourteen, and did not qualify for the playoffs.

The team did not receive an extension to play in further seasons of the tournament,[11] and has been defunct since 2017.[12] In 2022, another Gujarati team, the Gujarat Titans, entered the IPL.

Team identity[edit]

The team logo featured a lion. The team song is called "Game mari che" (The Game is ours, in Gujarati).[13]

Sponsors and partners[edit]

Team Sponsors Table
Year Kit manufacturers Shirt sponsors (front) Shirt sponsors (back) Chest branding
2016 TYKA Oxigen TVS Tyres Lawman Pg3
2017 SG Shudh Plus Valvoline

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Team Rajkot". IPLT20.com. 18 December 2015. Archived from the original on 19 December 2015.
  2. ^ Kundu, Sagnik (31 March 2017). "IPL 2017: All you need to know about Gujarat Lions' coaching staff". Sportskeeda.
  3. ^ Choudhary, Vidhi (13 April 2016). "Meet Keshav Bansal, youngest IPL team owner". Mint.
  4. ^ "Flawed teams look for consolation win". ESPNcricinfo. 9 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b C, Aprameya (8 December 2015). "Pune and Rajkot announced as 2 new franchises in IPL". One India. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  6. ^ Nayar, N. R. (26 March 2017). "The journey of Gujarat Lions has been exciting: Bansal". Gulf News.
  7. ^ Venkatesh, Shruti (22 June 2017). "Intex's Bansal keen to acquire IPL franchise". Forbes India.
  8. ^ Mehta, Ivan (12 April 2017). "Emotional Connect With The Gujarat Lions Has Helped Our Sales: Intex's Keshav Bansal". The Huffington Post.
  9. ^ "IPL 9: Gujarat Lions Announce Kanpur's Green Park As New Home Ground". News18. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  10. ^ "IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions team profile". The Times of India. 11 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Rising Pune Supergiant, Gujarat Lions won't get extension for IPL 2018, says Rajeev Shukla". The Indian Express. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  12. ^ "IPL 2020: Five IPL teams that are no longer part of Indian Premier League". Hindustan Times. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  13. ^ "IPL 9: Gujarat Lions say 'Game Maari Chhe' in their theme song". News18. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2021.