PKL 10: Anticipated Playing 7 for Gujarat Giants in Pro Kabaddi League 2023 Opener Against Telugu Titans
The highly anticipated Pro Kabaddi League 2023 kicks off on December 2. All eyes will be on the opening clash between Gujarat Giants and Telugu Titans at The Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad. With Gujarat Giants aiming to clinch their maiden championship, the team has assembled a formidable squad, including big names like Fazel Atrachali, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, and Rohit Gulia.
In the 9th season of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), the Gujarat Giants participated in a total of 22 matches, securing the 8th position in the points table. Throughout the season, the team managed to secure victories in 9 matches while facing defeat in 11. Additionally, they played to a draw in 2 matches, accumulating a total of 59 points.
Probable Playing 7 for Gujarat Giants against Telugu Titans
1. Parteek Dahiya (Center Raider)
Making his mark in his debut season, Parteek Dahiya emerged as one of the main raiders for the Giants in season nine, accumulating an impressive 183 points in 19 matches. Known for his Super 10 prowess, Dahiya is expected to play a pivotal role in Gujarat's raiding strategy from the first game itself.
2. Arkam Shaikh (Left Cover All-Rounder)
All-rounder Arkam Shaikh, a consistent performer for the Giants last season with 40 points in 22 matches, is likely to secure the left cover position. With a tackle success rate of 38%, Shaikh aims to enhance his defensive capabilities and contribute to the team's success with a higher tackle success rate nearing 50%.
3. Sourav Gulia (Right Cover Defender)
Sourav Gulia, having earned 35 points in 16 matches last season, is poised to form the cover defence pair with Arkam Shaikh. With prior experience with Patna Pirates, Gulia brings a valuable blend of skills and strategic acumen, potentially making him a game-changer for the Giants in PKL 2023.
4. Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh (Left In All-Rounder)
The Iranian all-rounder, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, joined the Gujarat Giants in the Pro Kabaddi 2023 Auction. With a trophy from Bengal Warriors and a runner-up finish with Puneri Paltan, Nabibakhsh's inclusion adds a significant 'X-factor' to the team, influencing both balance and performance.
5. Rakesh Sangroya (Right In Raider)
A consistent performer in the last two Pro Kabaddi League seasons, Rakesh Sangroya aims to elevate his game further and cross the coveted 150-point mark. With support from raiding partners Parteek Dahiya and Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Sungroya is expected to play a crucial role in Gujarat's raiding attack.
6. Fazel Atrachali (Left Corner Defender)
Gujarat Giants fortified their defence with the addition of Fazel Atrachali, the 'Sultan' of Kabaddi. Atrachali, holding the record for the most tackle points by a defender in PKL, is a natural choice for the left corner position and could potentially lead the Giants as their captain.
7. Sombir Gulia (Right Corner Defender)
Completing the defensive lineup is Sombir Gulia, a former Puneri Paltan defender with valuable PKL experience. Having earned 61 points in season eight and 35 points in season nine, Gulia, alongside Fazel Atrachali, form a formidable defensive duo.
Starting 7 for Gujarat Giants-
Parteek Dahiya, Sourav Gulia, Arkam Shaikh, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, Rakesh Sangroya, Fazel Atrachali and Sombir Gulia.
The probable playing seven for Gujarat Giants showcases a balanced combination of experienced players and emerging talents, reflecting the team's ambition to make a strong statement in Pro Kabaddi League 2023. As fans eagerly await the season opener, the Giants' lineup promises an exciting clash against Telugu Titans, setting the stage for a thrilling season ahead.