IPL 2016: Suresh Raina to captain Rajkot IPL team Gujarat Lions

Suresh Raina and Keshav Bansal at unveiling of Gujarat LionsNew Delhi: The newly formed Rajkot IPL Team announced its official name as ‘GUJARAT LIONS’. Along with announcing the name, the team logo was unveiled featuring a roaring Lion in Golden, Yellow & hues of Red. The logo symbolizes pride, energy and prosperity with a uniquely styled ‘N’ that showcases creativity, innovation and cutting-edge of technology that defines brand Intex.

The team also announced Mr. Suresh Raina as its captain. Raina will lead a star-studded side that will have former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum besides experienced all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo. Mr. Brad Hodge was named as the coach of the team. Mr. Arvinder Singh was named as the CEO of the team.

“Suresh Raina is a remarkable player with an impeccable record in all formats of the game. His extensive experience combined with his great leadership skills, will help us in putting together a winning strategy for the team”, said Mr Keshav Bansal, Owner, GUJARAT LIONS & Director, Intex Technologies. “We finalized Brad Hodge as the team coach on the basis of his successful contribution to the Australian National team and his excellent stint in IPL. I am confident that our team will benefit immensely from his guidance and mentorship”, he added.

Speaking about the team name, he stated, “Gujarat as a state has a rich cricketing history with a passion and commitment to the game that is unmatched. We have named our team as ‘GUJARAT LIONS’ to try and capture this spirit of Gujarat. The name brings an instant connect with fans not just across the state but all over the world. As do the Lions, we would like to rule the game of cricket.”

Commenting on his appointment as team captain, Mr Suresh Raina, stated, “I am honoured to have been chosen for this role. We already have some of the best cricketing talent in the team and I look forward to the challenges, the opportunity, the excitement, the energy and will lead from the front to ensure we have a great debut.”