Gujarat Lions first ever playing XI in IPL: Where are they now?

Gujarat Lions first ever playing XI in IPL: Where are they now?

The team got defunct in the 2018 season of IPL.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina. (Photo source: Twitter)

The team Gujarat Lions first stepped into the Indian Premier League in 2016 as a replacement for the suspended franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The players from these two franchises were split based on drafting and were provided for the two new teams.

The fresh team was coached by Brad Hodge and was captained by Suresh Raina. Most of the main players from Chennai Super Kings were drafted here. This franchise was successful in its very first appearance as the team topped the points table and qualified first for the playoffs.

In 2017, the team won only four out of the fourteen matches and finished second last in the table. The team was then replaced by the old teams after the suspension period got over. Let’s take a look at-

Gujarat Lions’ first XI, where are they now?

1. Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch IPL
Aaron Finch. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Aaron Finch has played for a variety of teams in the Indian Premier League since 2010. He played for Rajasthan Royals in 2010, for Delhi Daredevils in 2011-12, for Pune Warriors in 2013, for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014, and for Mumbai Indians in 2015 until he represented Gujarat Lions in 2016.

The Australian limited-overs captain opened the innings for Gujarat Lions in the first match. He was the star player of the match and also won the man-of-the-match award. He scored 74 from 47 deliveries which included twelve boundaries.

Finch was the second-highest run-scorer for the team at the end of the tournament. He also played for the team in 2017. After the disbanding of GL, he played for Kings XI Punjab in 2018 and for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2020. Finch is now the captain of Australia and the team won the T20 World Cup for the first time under him.

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