IPL 2022 Auction: 5 players who performed well for Gujarat Lions and could be on the wishlist of the Ahmedabad franchise
In five days, the IPL 2022 Auction will take place. The reverse countdown to the big auction has begun, and Ahmedabad is one of the teams that has piqued everyone’s interest in the lead-up to the major auction.
Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill have joined the Ahmedabad franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.
There are still a lot of open slots in the team. Gujarat Lions, located in Rajkot, represented the state in the IPL in 2016 and 2017. Ahmedabad will now be the second Gujarati squad to compete.
The new team owners may attempt to sign some of the Gujarat Lions’ best players in order to reinforce their core. Here’s a list of five players from GL’s IPL squad who the Ahmedabad franchise might target.
In his IPL career, Aaron Finch has represented eight franchises, with the Gujarat Lions providing his greatest performances. Finch was a match-winner for the Lions, scoring 692 runs with a strike rate of close to 145 in 25 innings.
The Australian sensation has a wealth of expertise. Finch will be eager to return to the IPL after winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 as Australia’s captain. One of the franchises that may target him is Ahmedabad.
The Ahmedabad franchise has signed an opener and two all-rounders, but they are still without a wicket-keeper. At the auction, team management may search for an experienced wicket-keeper.
Dinesh Karthik, for example, may be a good addition. Karthik has shared the field with Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill on several occasions. He also scored 696 runs in 28 innings with the Gujarat Lions, with his top score being 65.
In both of the Gujarat Lions’ seasons of existence, Suresh Raina was the captain. The left-handed hitter appeared in 29 games for the Lions, scoring 841 runs at a 135.86 strike rate.
While Raina is no longer playing international cricket, he may still contribute to the squad. He’ll bring a lot of expertise to the table and will be a big help to the kids.
On his IPL debut for Gujarat Lions, Andrew Tye made a big impression with a five-wicket haul. In 2017, the Australian pacer upset the Rising Pune Supergiant with a hat-trick.
Tye earned the IPL Purple Cap trophy a year later while playing for the Punjab Kings. Tye’s name may be on Ahmedabad’s wishlist in the IPL 2022 Auction, given how he frequently gets wickets in T20 cricket.
Dhawal Kulkarni, an underrated Indian bowler, might be a good buy at the IPL 2022 Auction. During the Gujarat Lions’ short IPL run, Kulkarni was their most successful bowler.
In 20 games, the right-arm bowler took 21 wickets, with his best statistics of 4/14. At the IPL 2022 Auction, it would be interesting to watch whether the Ahmedabad franchise makes an offer for Kulkarni.