The Gujarat Titans announced their anthem ‘Aava De’ on Friday, one day before the commencement of the Indian Premier League.
The song, composed by Dub Sharma and performed by Gujarati folk musician Aditya Gadhvi, blends themes from Gujarati culture with the team’s aim to create a mark in the world’s best T20 event. The hymn begins with the renowned lyrics of the late Shri Kavi Narmad, “Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat.” The phrase ‘Aava De’ means ‘Bring it on.’
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“Aditya Gadhvi and I tried to bring in the essence of Gujarat. We also wanted to amplify the Gujarat Titans motto of ‘Aava De’ or ‘Bring it on.’ I am confident, there are parts of the anthem that will make a mark on people’s minds,” composer Dub Sharma stated of the partnership.
“When I had to sing this anthem for the Gujarat Titans, I knew I had to convey the energy, character and identity of Gujarat through it. I selected a tune which is identifiable with the state. I am very happy that everyone at the Gujarat Titans has liked it. I am sure when this will be played in the stadium, everyone will sing ‘Hove Hove’ together and that will energise the team Gujarat Titans,” Aditya Gadhvi remarked.
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Gujarat Titans (GT), along with fellow debutant Lucknow Super Giants, are the newcomers to the Indian Premier League this year (IPL). Gujarat Titans signalled their arrival even before the auction when they selected Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya as their skipper for Rs 15 crore at the draught.
Aside from Pandya, the Titans also selected former Sunrisers Hyderabad spinner Rashid Khan for Rs 15 crore and promising Indian batter Shubman Gill for Rs 7 crore.
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A deeper look at the Titans roster reveals that their bowling unit will be their most potent weapon in this year’s IPL. The Titans have a ready-made fast bowling combo in Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson, who will get them off to a strong start against the batsmen from the other clubs. Rashid Khan, a seasoned T20 journeyman, will be their ace up their sleeve.