Indian Premier League (IPL) Gujarat Lion’s owner Keshav Bansal can be easily mistaken as a cricketer because of his physique like a sportsman's physique and a trendy haircut as well. He is also the youngest owner of an IPL team after the entrepreneur, who is the director of Intex Technologies.
Gujarat Lions were one of two franchises that replaced the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) and also made a dream debut last year. They topped the League's table with nine wins from 14 matches but unfortunately didn’t able to made it to the finale.
During an exclusive interview with the Khaleej Times, Keshav said, "It is simple. For any owner, it is all about going and winning. There were a lot of improvements which we thought we need to do this year for which we changed our strategy at the auction specifically. We went for a lot of bowlers because bowling was one area which we felt could have done better. Overall, quite happy with the auction and we have a very strong, balanced team. We went for 11 players at about Rs. 3.5 crores. So, we are quite excited.”
Keshav also stated that they have no regrets of losing in playoffs even after a sparkling league stage. He said, "We were extremely, extremely happy with the first year's performance. It was a dream run and I have no regrets. We had a fantastic run but there is no end of greed. We could have kept thinking if we could have done even better, but I must say we played really well. You have to put in your best and the team did that. We held on together and we went together as one.”
Lions’ owner would like to see the team remain in the IPL, he said, "It is in the BCCI's hands. There are too many things going on at BCCI right now. We would love to actually continue and take it forward. But it depends on financials and such things. When we bought the team, we knew it was for two years only. So, for us, it was a win-win situation from day one. It was spending probably one-fifth the money of other franchises and getting a complete taste of the workings of the IPL, BCCI, cricket in India. So, that was a conscious decision. Currently, there are a lot of reforms going on in the BCCI so probably after the end of this season, we will be able to comment on how things work ahead.”
He concluded, "You just cannot take any team lightly. You can't really predict how the matches will pan out. I can say that on paper, RCB, and after this year's auction, Mumbai Indians look really strong. You have to customize your strategy according to each and every match.”