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As you all know Gujrat Lions is also out of qualifying race for Qualifiers. Delhi Daredevils is another team along with RCB which is also out of playoffs race . We will talk about it in next article. So, today we are going to talk and analyze what’s went wrong for the last year qualifiers : Gujrat Lions
Gujrat Lions has the almost same core team last season from CSK ( the most successful team in IPL all seasons ) as they was lucky enough to pick the players. So, they don’t have much headache last year in team composition.
This year with several injuries woes and some unrealistic use of players, stand them out from playoffs race.
With 4 wins from 14 league matches they finished their season on 7th place on points table inrespecting of whatever the results of other teams .
Now look at some major issues which doesn’t let them qualify.
1. Injuries woes
Like RCB Gujrat Lions is also suffered from injuries woes this season. Their star all rounder players like DJ Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja wasn’t able to play the few starting games.
Ravindra jadeda was on two weeks break to heal the injuries and stiffness of a large Indian Cricket Team season.
DJ Bravo was carrying his injury of Big Bash league and wasn’t fully recovered for starting matches for team. He tweaked his injury and there was no sign of him getting better. So, he has to leave the after a month with team.
Andrew Tye wasn’t injured as Gujrat Lions start their campaign . But he wasn’t in playing eleven as team composition wasn’t letting him in . After few starting matches where bowling was poor they included him in playing eleven . He take a fiver in his very first IPL debut for Gujrat Lions . He changed the fortune of Gujrat bowling but alone he wasn’t good enough . Although he gets some support from new young fast bowling talent from India . After playing few matches he also got injured and flew back to his country.
2. Uneven batting order
Having a settled batting order is itself half job done by team . And opening partnership is more crucial in it . Gujrat Lions has tried too many opening combination in this IPL rather then going for the settle partnership of Brendon Mcullum and Dwayne Smith . And batting order for different players was constant changing as well . That’s also one of the reason for that .
Now the main and most important reason why the last year qualifiers finished on 7th spot is their bowling. Their bowling was so bad , you can get the idea from this that they were unable to defend any total whether is big or small this season .
Ravindra jadeda was lacking match winning form with ball and couples of bowler missed because of injuries. Young players like Basil Thampi and Ankit Soni shows some character but that wasn’t enough for them to seal the match win .
Now came to positive , what’s GL will be take forward to next season .
Young players like Ankit Soni , Basil Thampi , Ishan Kishan and other were showing character and contributing in team performances . This is certainly will be a bright side of GL this season which they will take through next season .
That’s all for today .
Till Next Time , Take Care
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