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PKL 10: Forecasting U Mumba and Gujarat Giants Playing 7 in Tomorrow's Encounter

The runners-up of the first-ever PKL season and the champions of the second season of the Pro Kabaddi League, U Mumba, have started their season 10 journey on a dominant note with a win against the U.P. Yoddhas franchise.

U Mumba will now face an extremely tough opponent in the Gujarat Giants, who are an unbeatable beast at their home stadium.

The Mumbai-based franchise, which spent heavily on acquiring defenders and overseas all-rounders, will look to challenge the Gujarat Giants with their strong defensive unit led by Surinder Singh. The challenge will not be easy, but Mumba is a franchise that has built its reputation by being fierce on the field and leaving nothing behind. Their probable starting lineup for the match against Gujarat is as follows:

Probable Starting 7 for U Mumba

1.    Center: Guman Singh
Guman Singh has been handling U Mumba’s raiding department for two years now. He has been a standout performer for them, and hence, he was paid a whopping sum of INR 85 lakh in the auction to play for U Mumba.

2.    Left Cover: Mahender Singh
After being released by the Bengaluru Bulls, Mahender Singh has found a new franchise in U Mumba for season 10 of the PKL. Mahender Singh is right up there among the top defenders in PKL’s history and has been playing since the initial season.

3.    Right Cover: Surinder Singh
The captain of U Mumba, Surinder Singh, is going to play in the right cover position. He has begun the season with three points in the first match and is one player raiders will have to beware of.

4.    Left Corner: Girish Maruti Ernak
Girish is one of the most experienced defenders in the league who has played for multiple franchises and has been tagged as one of the most lethal defenders. He collected 51 tackle points in the last season and would like to continue his form in this one as well.

5.    Right Corner: Rinku
U Mumba’s right corner position is filled by the always impressive Rinku, who had a dream run in the last season, scoring 59 tackle points. He has started this season with a high-5 and looks to score many more points this time around.

6.    Left In: Visvanath V
Visvanath V was bought by U Mumba in the auction this year and got his debut straightaway. Though he could not make much impact on the game, he is expected to showcase his skills as the league progresses.

7.    Right In: Amirmohammad Zafardanesh
U Mumba paid an excruciating sum of INR 68 lakh to acquire this Iranian all-rounder, and he has not disappointed at all. He has started the season with a bang and 12 points in the match.

Predicted Starting 7 of U Mumba against the Gujarat Giants: Guman Singh, Mahender Singh, Surinder Singh (c), Girish Ernak, Rinku, Visvanath V, and Amirmohammad Zafardanesh

U Mumba’s raiders, other than the Iranian, will have to do better in this match against the Gujarat Giants; otherwise, they will have a tough time on the mat considering the form of the Gujarat Giants’ team right now.

Gujarat Giants, who have started this season on a fantastic note with two wins on the trot at their home stadium, will now be taking on U Mumba in their third fixture of the Pro Kabaddi League season 10. The Giants have ten points and a score difference of +9, which has helped them sit at the top of the standings comfortably.


This has been possible because of the way their management performed in the auction, spending the INR 4.923 crore very carefully and responsibly. Both their matches have been close till now, but they have not led their opponents to have an upper hand over them.

Their anticipated starting seven for the match against U Mumba is discussed below.

Probable starting 7 for the Gujarat Giants

1.    Center: Rakesh
Rakesh, who is playing the role of the lead raider in this Gujarat team, will be playing in the center position in the match against U Mumba. Rakesh earned five points each in both previous matches for his team, but he would like to get a few more in this match.

2.    Left Cover: Mohammad Nabibakhsh
Another Iranian who was bought by the Gujarat Giants by paying a huge sum of money has not disappointed them even slightly. He has six tackle points up to now to his name because he is primarily playing as a defender on this team.

3.    Right Cover: Ravi Kumar
After Sourav Gulia’s failures in both the initial matches, Ravi Kumar might get a chance to be a part of the starting seven for his team in the match against U Mumba on Tuesday. Ravi has the reputation of being a veteran defender in the PKL.

4.    Left Corner: Fazel Atrachali
The Iranian Sultan, Fazel Atrachali, came to the Gujarat Giants team this season for a sum of INR 1.6 crore. He has been terrific as a defender as well as a leader. Once you are stuck with his ankle holds, there is no way you can save yourself from getting out.

5.    Right Corner: Sombir
Sombir is currently leading the charts for the highest tackle points this season, as he has seven to his name. He has been in absolute lethal form in the first two matches in that right corner position.

6.    Left: Rohit Gulia
The all-rounder, who is primarily playing as the support raider to Rakesh and Sonu, will be in the left position against U Mumba. Rohit Gulia was bought by the Gujarat Giants franchise for a sum of INR 58.50 lakh.

7.    Right In: Sonu Jaglan
The Gujarat Giants have found a new hero in Sonu Jaglan this season. In the first two matches, he has scored 21 raid points, coming in as a substitute, and has surprised everyone in the Kabaddi world. He is anticipated to be a part of the starting seven in this match.

Predicted Starting 7 for the Gujarat Giants against U Mumba: Rakesh, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Ravi Kumar, Fazel Atrachali (c), Sombir, Rohit Gulia, and Sonu Jaglan

The Gujarat Giants team will look forward to making it three wins in a row at their home stadium by beating the young and energetic U Mumba team.