Gujarat Lions had a superb first season in IPL as they finished top of the group stages. Going into the 2017 season they have released 8 players mostly local indian players while they retain majority of their oversees players and some big indian names.
Rajkot Budget for IPL 2017 Auction Results: Rajkot has already spent Rs 51.65 crores in retaining 16 of their players from last year’s squad which leaves them with only Rs. 14.35 crores going into the important 4 February 2017 auction weekend. Below is the list of their entire squad before the auction and the players they retained and let go.
|NO#||PLAYERS RETAINED||AUCTION BUYS|
|1||Suresh Raina (Captain)||Jason Roy (₹1 crore)|
|2||Ravindra Jadeja||Manpreet Gony (₹60 lakh)
|3||Brendon McCullum||Munaf Patel (₹30 lakh)
|4||James Faulkner||Akshdeep Nath (₹10 lakh)
|5||Dwayne Bravo||Pratham Singh (₹10 lakh)
|6||Dwayne Smith||Tejas Baroka (₹10 lakh)
||Shubham Agarwal (₹10 lakh)
|8||Aaron Finch||Chirag Suri (₹10 lakh)|
||Shelley Shaurya (₹10 lakh)|
||Basil Thampi (₹85 lakh)|
|11||Karun Nair||Nathu Singh (₹50 lakh)|
Rajkot team was officially named “Gujarat Lions” is one of the two new franchises brought in IPL due to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals getting suspended. Lions were one of the most exciting teams in IPL 2016 and considering their performances last season Suresh Raina has been confirmed as the captain for 2017 season. Below is the list of players retained and released ahead of new season.
Bought by Intex Technologies, Rajkot is named as Gujarat Lions will be one of the two new teams taking part in next two IPL seasons. Suresh Raina was brought in for massive US$1.9 million and will captain the side.
- Owners: Keshav Bansal (Intex)
- Head Coach: Brad Hodge
- Captain: Suresh Raina
- Bowling Coach: Heath Streak
We will update the post after the IPL Auction 2017 with the full squad right here on this page. They have let go Dale Steyn and will be hoping to bring in couple of quality bowlers to balance the squad for 2017 season.
Expectations: As Lions let go 7 local indian players and retained most of foreign players its so evident they will be hunting for some quality indian players in the Auction. With 14.35 crore available in Auction we can safely assume they will bid for some experience and promising youngsters from local indian domestic circuit.