With Shubman Gill at the helm, the latest acquisitions will bolster Gujarat Titans' strength ahead of IPL 2024
We wouldn’t want it any other way! After all the paddle drama and excitement, the Gujarat Titans are set for IPL 2024. This after the team’s think tank put in a commendable effort and placed strategic bids to build a stronger squad for the upcoming season.
Heading into IPL Auction 2024 with a few spots open, the Titans were on the money with Head Coach Ashish Nehra and Director of Cricket Vikram Solanki roping in a handful of quality buys that will hold the team in good stead. While the mercury kept rising in the auction room as we went hard for Mitchell Starc, resulting in the most expensive buy till date at ₹24.75 cr to Kolkata Knight Riders, our Titans made the most of the opportunities to add some established names to our ranks.
At the end of the auction, our arsenal looks ready to fire in 2024 with more power, passion and depth. Here’s a look at the newcomers of the new season.
What's not that Azmatullah Omarzai can't do? He can manage the new ball, hit mammoth sixes in the middle and even volunteer to bat up as he did at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 for Afghanistan. While he made his name as a batter at the World Cup, his bowling abilities present an exciting all-round package. He will join his compatriots Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad at the Gujarat Titans.
Renowned for hitting the deck hard at a consistent speed of over 140kph, Umesh Yadav's addition to the team will be a power boost to our pace battery. Yadav in GT colours also marks a special reunion as the speedster joins his 2015 World Cup team-mates Mohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami in the camp. The trio had dazzled Down Under during the World Cup and will eye an encore of that performance in the IPL 2024.
Rising through the ranks with impressive performances for Jharkhand at the U-17, U-19 and U-25 ranks, Robin Minz, has wowed the scouts with his fearless hitting skills. So much so that his namesake, Robin Uthappa, called him the Indian Kieron Pollard. With age on his side, it looks only a matter of time before this explosive wicketkeeper-batter makes his mark on the grand stage.
With a steady rise in the domestic circuit, Shahrukh Khan possesses the rare ability to switch gears from one to six with utmost ease. His IPL debut was a befitting one as he received his cap from Chris Gayle. Shahrukh Khan has demonstrated the know-how of commanding the batting in the lower-middle order and can contribute to the bowling department with his right-arm off-break as well.
Another Ranchi resident, Sushant Mishra represented India at the 2020 U-19 Cricket World Cup. The left-arm quick took three for 28 in the semi-final which played a role in bowling Pakistan out for 172 eventually helped India claim a spot in the final. Being a part of GT's star-studded line-up of fast bowlers, all eyes will be on the young Titan to make it big.
Son of a physical education teacher, Manav Suthar hails from Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan and was a part of India’s side at the ACC Emerging Cup earlier this year. He is a tall and slender left arm slow orthodox bowler who loves to outfox the batters. He caught attention at the 2023 ACC Emerging Asia Cup playing a crucial role by claiming three wickets against Pakistan A. He was equally impressive in the Indian domestic tournaments, bagging 39 wickets in six Ranji Trophy matches and earning a spot in the Central Zone's squad for the Duleep Trophy. GT's net bowler last season, Suthar is now a part of the full squad for the 2024 season.
A speed sensation, Kartik Tyagi made waves when he made his first-class debut for Uttar Pradesh before turning 17. Along with the U-19 World Cup 2020 fame to his name, he can hit the 150 kph mark. He can also swing the ball both ways; a tribute to the land that has produced remarkable swing bowlers like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar.
Imagine 145+ kph thunderbolts from a 6'4" tall paceman. That's the fear Spencer Johnson instils in the batters facing him. He lends his name to Gujarat Titans’ exhibition of left-arm bowlers. Here's what best describes him the best:
"Where’s he been all these years?" - Josh Hazlewood
“Where do you keep unearthing these bowlers?” - Isa Guha
"He would be a like-for-like replacement of Starc" - Andy Bichel
Our full squad for IPL 2024:
Shubman Gill (C)
B Sai Sudharsan
R Sai Kishore