The eighth season of the Professional Kabaddi League (PKL) will begin on Wednesday and all of the 12 groups are equipped for the match to be performed at a single venue as a result of COVID-19 menace. There can be no spectators and the occasion might be performed in a bio-bubble. Former champions U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls will face off in season 8’s first match, which might be adopted by Telugu Titans’ southern derby in opposition to Tamil Thalaivas. This time across the PKL may also see a ‘triple header format’ — the primary 4 days of season eight and the next Saturdays may have three matches.
The opening day’s third match will see defending champions Bengal Warriors tackle UP Yoddha.
Seventh season’s top-scorer Pawan Kumar Sehrawat would be the go-to man for Bengaluru Bulls as they tackle a younger U Mumba. Sehrawat’s capacity to fetch multi-point raids will make him the star to be careful in opposition to a comparatively inexperienced U Mumba protection.
The Bulls have additionally added the skilled Chandran Ranjit, who impressed for Dabang Delhi in Season 7, to their raiding unit.
U Mumba’s hopes might be shouldered by Fazel Atrachali’s capacity to handle his defence. Their very own younger pair of raiders Abhishek and Ajit, might be seeking to enhance their tally in opposition to an skilled Bulls defence of Amit Sheron, Saurabh Nandal and Mahendra Singh.
Within the second sport, Telugu Titans might be hinging their hopes on the skilled raiding duo of Siddharth Desai and Rohit Kumar. However ready for them within the Tamil Thalaivas nook might be ‘block’ grasp Surjeet, who has the very best quantity (116) of profitable blocks in PKL historical past.
The Thalaivas have a younger pool of raiders in Manjeet and Atul M together with the skilled Prapanjan.
In the meantime, the defending champions Bengal Warriors will kick begin their marketing campaign in opposition to a much-improved UP Yoddha aspect.
The group from UP, who’ve by no means didn’t make the playoffs since becoming a member of the league in Season 5, added PKL’s most sought-after raider Pardeep Narwal to their squad within the auctions.
The Warriors’ protection might be in for a check on the opening evening, with Srikant Jadhav, an knowledgeable in do-or-die conditions, and Surendra Gill backing Pardeep Narwal within the UP Yoddha raid unit.
Bengal’s defensive hope will lie on the Iranian duo of Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh and Abozar Mohajer Mighani.
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