Gujarat has two IPL teams representing the state namely Gujarat Lions (GL) and Gujarat Titans (GT).
GL was formed in 2016 as a temporary replacement after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were suspended for two years for set-pieces.
GT was formed with Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 2022 edition of the IPL after the BCCI expanded the IPL to 10 teams. They even have a Gujarati captain at Hardik Pandya to add to the excitement.
Many fans compared the two teams’ first-season performances. The GL topped the list in 2016 and the GT also topped the IPL 2022.
In this regard, this article will compare the first-time starting lineups (in batting order) of the two Gujarat teams six years apart.
1st place – Aaron Finch (GL); Shubman Gil (GT)
Aaron Finch has built a reputation as an IPL journeyman. His ninth team in the league, the Kolkata Knights (KKR), signed him as a replacement for Alex Hales in IPL 2022. Finch got a decent IPL in the 2016 GL. He is second with 393 points and has five and a half centuries in 12 innings.
Shubmangil is often touted as a key player in the future of the Indian team. Playing for KKR before being drafted by GT, Gill got off to a solid start to the season, scoring 200 points in the first three innings, but his form has waned.
2nd – Brandon McCallum (GL); Matthew Wade (GT)
Brendon McCullum, an explosive wicket batsman who enjoyed huge success in the IPL, is now retired and coaching KKR. For GL, he scored 354 points in 2016 with an SR of 135.11.
An explosive wicketkeeper-batsman who never managed to make it to the IPL, Matthew Wade was picked by GT for his T20 World Cup winning exploits. However, he failed to replicate this form and was replaced by Wriddhiman Saha in the XI.
3rd – Suresh Raina (GL); Vijay Shankar (GT)
Mr. IPL Suresh Raina was appointed captain when he was MS Dhoni’s deputy at CSK. Raina’s GL anchors were excellent, scoring the most points for the team with 399 runs. He shocked many fans by not being picked by any team in the IPL 2022 auction.
All-rounder Vijay Shankar was tried as a professional batsman in several innings but failed to make any impact and was relentlessly dominated.
The No. 3 is probably the biggest gulf between the two sides at the same level.
4. Dinesh Karthik (GL); Abhinav Manohar (GT)
GL’s designated goalkeeper is not in the national team’s plans and is also behind Saha and Parthiv Patel. He averaged 335 appearances in the IPL in 2016. He was picked by RCB in the 2022 auction and has been their hot finisher, striking out with a 200.0.
Abhinav Manohar Sadarangani made his debut in Karnataka’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and scored 162 over 150 SR runs in four matches.
Those numbers, along with his performance in the Karnataka Premier League, have the Titans bidding for Rs 2.6 crore for him at auction in 2022. He has yet to make a major impact, but has shown his talent.
5th – Ishan Kishan (GL); Hardik Pandya (GT)
Baby-faced Ishan Kishan, 18, is seen as the future of 2016. GL did play him in their first game, but only gave him five games in total and his stats weren’t great.
The Mumbai Indians took over in 2018 and he has been on an upward trajectory since. He is one of the most expensive players in the tournament at Rs 15.25 crore in 2022 but his season has been terrible.
From star boy to star boy, Hardik Pandya was scouted and drafted by MI in 2015. He has come a long way to become India’s premier fast bowling all-rounder.
Injuries and apathy made some suspicious of him, but after being drafted by GT, he roared back in this edition of the IPL. He scored 344 points in 11 innings.
6. Dwayne Bravo (GL); David Miller (GT)
T20 legend Dwayne Bravo faltered with GL’s bat but was the second-highest wicketkeeper, snapping up 17 wickets. He has featured in all of the GL’s competitions, but only one, and was key to their finish at the top of the standings. Bravo is now back at CSK.
Miller rose to fame after a 38-ball 101 for KXIP in 2013 and is considered one of the best finishers in the game. His form has been abandoned over the past few seasons and many believe GT made a mistake by buying him at the IPL 2022 auction.
However, he has proven his critics wrong and has won for the Titans in some key games.
7th – Ravindra Jadeja (GL); Rahul Twadia (GT)
Ravindra Jadeja played for his home team in 2016. He didn’t have any major impact on GL, scoring under 200 with the bat and taking just eight wickets. He was retained by CSK for the 2022 season and had a bad game before being ruled out entirely due to injury.
Tewatia rose to prominence in the previous edition after he beat Sheldon Cottrell of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) 30 times. GT spent Rs 8.75 on him and got scammed as many thought he was a one-season miracle.
The Titans have been proven right as Tewatia has led them to a number of victories, including another sensational victory against PBKS.
8. James Faulkner (GL); Rashid Khan (GT)
The ‘best player’ in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final, James Faulkner has been working hard to succeed in the IPL and 2016 was no exception. He played less than half the game with no real impact. His career has been plagued by off-field issues since 2017, and he was last seen in PSL in 2022.
A modern-day franchise cricket legend, Rashid Khan’s draft was seen by the Titans as a neat trick. He has taken time to find his footing but has looked back to his best in the past few games.
9th – Pravin Kumar (GL); Rock Ferguson (GT)
Praveen Kumar has played every game in the GL campaign, taking nine wickets with an economy of 7.7. GL was his last team in the IPL as he retired from all cricket in 2018.
Kiwi fast Lockie Ferguson has been a rare presence in his three years at KKR, but his quick pace hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Titans picked him up for a whopping Rs 100 crore at auction, but Ferguson’s 12 wickets in 11 games already looks like a no-brainer.
10. Pradeep Sangwan (GL); Valen Aaron (GT)
Pradeep Sangwan was the only player to return in a Gujarat outfit. He entered IPL 2016 following the doping order. He only played two games and did not choose a wicket. In 2022, he returns to GT and has played a few races so far.
Varun Aaron was bought at his reserve price at auction in 2022. Even so, many expressed surprise that Aaron is no longer a fast pacemaker who can easily hit 140 seconds. He played the first two games but was eliminated after taking just two wickets over 10 economy.
11. Sarabjit Ladda (GL); Mohammad Shami (GT)
Leg-spinner Ladda played the first match, then was completely dropped and never played in IPL 2016 again. Ladda is currently playing in the US with the goal of breaking into the US national team.
The Titans have acquired Shami for Rs 6.25 crore after outstanding performances for PBKS over the past three seasons. He started the game with a bang, bagging KL Rahul’s wicket with his first ball. His economy has wobbled since then, but he remains the GT’s top wicketkeeper with 16 scalps.
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