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Who is the Gujarat Titans Owner? Know who owns the Ahmedabad IPL team

The major talking point ahead of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League was the inclusion of the new Ahmedabad IPL team and Lucknow franchise. It was for the first time since 2011 that the league had included 10 teams to compete in it. So who is the Gujarat Titans owner

In October 2021, the BCCI invited investors from across the globe to partake in the auction for these two franchises. The RPSG Group, who were formerly the owners of the Rising Pune Supergiant, made a staggering INR 7,090 crore bid to take charge of the Lucknow franchise, whilst team the Gujarat team owners were overseas equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

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Gujarat Titans Owner – CVC Capital Partners

Gujarat Titans owner CVC Capital Partners are a British private equity and investment firm, whose total assets are worth over $75 billion. CVC Capital Partners’ foundation stones were laid by the popular banking firm Citicorp, which wanted to establish an investment firm. Although Citicorp’s venture capital investments started in 1968, CVC Capital Partners as a separate entity was formed in 1981. 

Over the years, it became one of the biggest investment firms in Europe and expanded its wings in Asia as well. Some notable names take shelter under the CVC group, including popular IT security company “Avast”, luxury watch-makers Breitling SA, one of Britain’s leading automobile companies “RAC” and pet supplies retail chain “Petco”. 

They seemed adamant to be involved with the Indian Premier League once the BCCI opened tenders, and made an INR 5,625 crore bid to seal the deal. However, there was a major stumbling block that needed to be cleared before the Ahmedabad franchise could start any of its early operations. 

Tipico, a world-renowned sports betting and gambling organization is a portfolio company of CVC Capital Partners. The objection was primarily raised on social media by former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, who pointed out that one of the bidders has a major investment in a betting company, which was bound to raise a conflict of interest considering the history of this tournament. 

The private equity firm was given time to provide an explanation by the BCCI and they, later on, confirmed that Tipico is a part of the CVC group’s European wing, and will remain totally independent and disconnected from CVC’s Asian wing, which made the investment on Gujarat Titans. The BCCI deemed their participation valid after a thorough investigation and they announced the team name just a few days before the auction. 

History of Gujarat Titans

This isn’t the first time the state of Gujarat has seen an IPL representation. However, the previously involved team, Gujarat Lions, came in as a replacement for just two years when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years. The franchise was based out of Rajkot, and is currently defunct. 

Just the way it happened in the case of Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad, both these franchises will have no link to each other and any of the Rajkot-based franchise’s records will not be added to the Gujarat Titans. 

Gujarat Titans Team Players 2022

Once the franchise was allowed to commence its operations, they confirmed Ashish Nehra as the head coach and Vikram Solanki as the Director of Cricket. Former Indian head coach Gary Kirsten, who led the side to a World Cup triumph in 2011, has been appointed batting coach and mentor for the franchise. 

They signed up local star Hardik Pandya as their first major signing, and gobbled up two other brilliant players later on. Young Indian opener Shubman Gill, and the global T20 icon Rashid Khan, were Gujarat’s other two drafts before they entered the auction. They were off to a solid start with these acquisitions, and picked up some good players in the auction as well. 

They acquired the services of talismanic Indian seam bowler Mohammed Shami for a bargain price, and also garnered the services of some noteworthy names like Matthew Wade, Lockie Ferguson, David Miller, Vijay Shankar and a host of amazing young Indian talents like Darshan Nalkande, Abhinav Sadrangani, R Sai Kishore and others. 

English opener Jason Roy backed out from the tournament citing bubble fatigue as a major issue and Afghan cricketer Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been drafted as a replacement for him.

Batters – Shubman Gill, David Miller, Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Sadrangani, Sai Sudarshan

Wicket-keepers – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade

All-rounders – Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh, Dominic Drakes, Hardik Pandya (C)

Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmed, Sai Kishore, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Aaron, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan

Having some of the prominent names of the Indian Premier League, Gujarat Titans owner will be hoping for a strong season from the new franchise.

Gujarat Titans Schedule 2022

The franchise will be playing its first-ever game in the IPL against the other new arrivals in Lucknow Super Giants on 28th March, 2022. As per the latest new schedule module, Gujarat Titans have been pitted in Group B, which means they’ll face the Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Lucknow Super Giants two times, whilst they will play just one game Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals. 

Their final group game will be played against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 19th and by that time, they will be hoping to secure their qualification in the playoffs. 

Here’s the schedule for Gujarat Titans: 

DateFixtureTime (In IST)Venue
March 28Gujarat Titans vs Lucknow Super Giants7.30 PMWankhede Stadium
April 2Gujarat Titans vs Delhi Capitals7.30 PMMCA Stadium, Pune
April 8Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans7:30 PMBrabourne Stadium – CCI
April 11Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Titans7:30 PMDY Patil Stadium
April 14Rajasthan Royals vs Gujarat Titans7:30 PMDY Patil Stadium
April 17Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings7:30 PMMCA Stadium, Pune
April 23Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans3:30 PMDY Patil Stadium
April 27Gujarat Titans vs Sunrisers Hyderabad7:30 PMWankhede Stadium
April 30Gujarat Titans vs Royal Challengers Bangalore3:30 PMBrabourne Stadium – CCI
May 3Gujarat Titans vs Punjab Kings7:30 PMDY Patil Stadium
May 6Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians7:30 PM,Brabourne Stadium – CCI
May 10Lucknow Super Giants vs Gujarat Titans7:30 PM,MCA Stadium, Pune
May 15Chennai Super Kings vs Gujarat Titans3:30 PMWankhede Stadium
May 19Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans7:30 PMWankhede Stadium

Concluding

Although there is a great promise within this group of players, Gujarat Titans will have felt a little unsatisfied with their performance in the mega auction which was held on February 12th and February 13th. They will be heavily dependent on the two senior bowlers in Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson, who are the only proven IPL performers among the group. 

Their batting department does not look very settled with the absence of Jason Roy, leaving plenty of responsibility on the shoulders of Shubman Gill. Matthew Wade, who has been a consistent performer in the Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes, could get a primary role in this team due to the lack of firepower in their batting department.

All eyes, however, will be on Rashid Khan, who is currently the best T20 cricketer in the world. They will need him to be at his ruthless best to progress to the next stages. As it stands, their presence in the playoffs might be unlikely going by squad strength, but the IPL has a tendency of springing some surprises and one can never say never until the final game is played.

Also Read: Who is Rajasthan Royals Captain for IPL 2022? – A Brief History

Ashish Pant
A fantasy gaming enthusiast, gaming writer and an out and out cricket nerd. I am an engineer by education who found his solace in writing.

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