Sunday, April 2, 2017

IPL 2017 Team Preview - Gujarat Lions

Gujarat Lions played like long time professionals belittling the fact that they were new-comers the last time around and topped the league table. Although they failed in the playoffs, but their style of play left none in doubt about the talent and fire power that they possess.

Key Players - As if having Finch, Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum was not enough they roped in the dangerous Jason Roy to their ranks. With Suresh Raina and Jadeja in the middle order along with Dinesh Karthik who is in the form of his life the Lions have a batting lineup to die for. Their bowling though, looks thin with no big names there.

Injury Tracker - Dwayne 'Champion' Bravo is set to miss the initial post of the IPL 2017. Reports suggest that star allrounder Ravindra Jadeja will also miss the start of the IPL. Missing two key all round players will surely have an impact particularly on their already suspect bowling attack.

Fantasy Cricket Pick - Brendon McCullum
He can blast the opposition out and on a flat Rajkot pitch is likely to tee off right from ball one!

Fantasy Cricket Wildcard Pick - Dinesh Karthik
He is having a dream run at the moment in domestic cricket and he could well turn out to be the Lions mainstay if the top order fails.

My Prediction - Gujarat Lions might have a dangerous top order which might carry them to the playoff stage but they remain a hugely unpredictable side especially on the bowling front. I think they will make the playoffs but won't go any further.

Read Other Team Previews by clicking on the respective Team Name:

Delhi Daredevils
Rising Pune Supergiant(s)
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Gujarat Lions
Kings XI Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders
Mumbai Indians
Royal Challengers Bangalore

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