Mangaluru: The GSB Premier League, be held this year from Feb 10 to 12 at Sahyadri Engineering College, Adyar, has been entertaining people for the past 7 years and it is one of the biggest tournaments of GSBs. The GPL is a playoff clash against 16 GSB teams from different parts of the country.
During the February period, GPL is the perfect treat for GSBs. Many young Indian GSB cricketers are given opportunities to showcase their cricketing skills and are mentored by experienced players.
Many players were immediately selected for various popular teams after their good show in the last few seasons in the GPL.
Players like Dr Vinod Nayak Manipal, Sharath Prabhu Mulki, Chirag Shanbaug Mumbai, Prasad Nayak Mumbai, Padmanabha Pai Kota, Vignesh Bhat Koteshwar, Vivek Kota, Suri Sasthana, Vignesh Shenoy Karkala, Pundaleeka Pai, and Shivananda (Archit) became more popular and favourites among the people through the GPL.
GSB Kota is the winner of the 1st edition of the GPL. Currently, Mumbai Paltans are the only team to have won two GPL titles. Although Kodiyal Super Kings have reached the final twice, they have never won the GPL title and they will be hoping to lift the 7th edition of the cup.
There are still only a few days left for the Arch Formulabs GPL Festival 2023.
The teams participating in the GPL 2023 tournament are as follows.
1. Olalanke Fighters Mulki.
2. Jewellery Diamonds Udupi
3. Udupi Blasters
4. Kodiyal Super Kings
5. Deadly Panthers (Re) Kodiyal
6. Team Mahalasi
7. Mumbai Paltans
8. Veera Venkatesh Warriors Mangalore
9. Malpe United
10. UK Ekadashi Saraswat
11 Pearl City Cricketers Puttur
12. GSG Royals Kodiyal
13. Rising Stars Mangalore
14. Royal Challengers Balambettu
15. Team ABNG
16. Jaikar Strikers Moodabidri
The Olalanke fighters Mulki:
Last time’s champion team. Sharath Prabhu Mulki (Bully) will lead the team as usual this time as well and will be the icon player of the team. Captain and all-rounder Sharath Prabhu Mulki, who is the man of the series twice in the history of GPL cricket, is the backbone of the team. Ganesh Mallya is the team owner and Harish Shenoy, Ramanath Pai and Ramachandra Kamath are co-owners. Left-handed batsman Vignesh Bhat Koteswara, left-handed Viswanath Kamath (Mulki Jayasuriya), all-rounder Aditya Pai Kundapura and Sharath Prabhu’s sahodhar Suhas Prabhu are some of the team’s greatest weapons.
Udupi Blasters are one of the hot favourites of GPL this time. Dr Vinod Nayak, who played for Sparks Udupi team, is the captain of this team. Vishwanath Shenoy, the player who played in the same sparks, is a promising player for this team. Vivek Prabhu Ambagal will also be playing for Udupi Blasters this time. The team is owned by Dr Rajesh Bhakta and Udupi-based businessman Prashanth Baliga.
Kodiyal Super Kings
GPL Kodiyal Super Kings is the only team in Mangalore that has played in all formats of the game. As the name suggests, these are kings. But luck didn’t support them. They had reached the final twice in the past but lost in the final. Ganesh Nayak Kota, who played as an icon player of the team last time and put up an all-round performance, will be leading his team this time too. Team owners Marur Ajith Pai, co-owners P Gowtham Shenoy, U. Chaitanya Nayak and K. Ullas Prabhu are encouraging the team with all the facilities they need in the hope that their team must win the title.
Deadly Panthers (R) Kodiyal
The owners of the Deadly Panthers team that won the runners-up title last year are K. P. Prashanth Rao, Suresh V
Kamath and Sandesh Shenoy have been selected as the icon players.
This time the captain of the team is Pundalika Pai, who can play a tough game. Anantesh Pai and Rajat Shenoy Manjeshwar, who can put up a great show of form, will be a good support for the team.
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