Gujarat Titans is the official name of the new Ahmedabad franchise owned by CVC Capital as Hardik Pandya is all set to lead the franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The name of the franchise was unveiled ahead of the 2nd ODI between India and West Indies in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
The naming of the Ahmedabad franchise comes days after Lucknow, owned by RPSG Group, announced its official name as Lucknow Super Giants. The Lucknow team will be led by KL Rahul.
“Debuting in the 15th season of the IPL, the Gujarat Titans will pay tribute to the state’s rich cricketing legacy, which has seen it produce countless Indian international cricket legends over the years. The franchise is inspired by the opportunity to represent and build on this deep cricketing heritage, as well as build on its future success on the pitch,” the franchise said in a statement.
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) February 9, 2022
Gujarat Titans drafted in Hardik Pandya as their captain for Rs 15 crore and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for Rs 15 crore. They also got young India opener, Shubman Gill, for Rs 8 crore.
The Titans will head into the mega auction with a budget of Rs 52 crore.
The Gujarat Titans brought on board former England cricketer Vikram Solanki as the Director of Cricket. Ashish Nehra will be the head coach of the franchise while former World Cup-winning coach and South Africa opener Gary Kirsten will be the Head of Cricket Operations and the batting coach for IPL 2022.
WHY GUJARAT TITANS?
Siddharth Patel, Gujarat Titans CEO said: “Our core philosophy of being both a courageous and open-hearted team has inspired every decision as we built this from the ground up. We want this group to achieve great things for Gujarat and its many passionate fans, which is why we have chosen the name ‘Titans’.
“Our aim for this cricketing franchise is to be one of the most inspiring and inclusive anywhere in the world, which will help to underpin its long-term success and reputation.”
Gary Kirsten, Vikram Solanki and Ashish Nehra will be the brain behind their auction as teams will be keen on getting a core group and build on it. The mega auction will be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13.
“As we approach the league’s mega auction, we are confident that we will be able to put together the right combination of players going into the new season. We want individuals that are not only highly skilled but who are inspired to be Titans of the game ,” Patel said ahead of the auction.