Pro Kabaddi League 2023: A Look At The Top Defenders To Watch Out For Bengaluru Bulls in PKL Season 10
The Pro Kabaddi League 2023 is fast approaching, and the anticipation is palpable among fans. While raiders often steal the limelight, it's the unsung heroes in the defensive ranks who provide the foundation for a team's success. As the Bengaluru Bulls prepare for the upcoming season, it's time to shine a spotlight on the top three defenders who could prove pivotal in PKL Season 10.
1. Saurabh Nandal: The Right Corner Wall
Saurabh Nandal, a robust right-corner defender, is an indispensable asset for the Bengaluru Bulls. In PKL Season 9, Nandal showcased his mettle by playing 24 matches and earning an impressive total of 73 points. While his raid points per match may seem modest at 0.04, Nandal's most impressive statistic is his impeccable not-out percentage of 100%. This means he stayed on the mat, not giving away easy points to the opposition.
Nandal is primarily a defensive force with 141 total tackles, earning a tackle success rate of 48%. His 72 tackle points demonstrate his ability to thwart rival raiders with consistent efficiency. With four super tackles and three high 5s, Nandal's contributions were vital to the team's defensive prowess in Season 9.
2. Aman: The Left Corner Sentinel
Aman, the left-corner sentinel for the Bengaluru Bulls, is another defender to watch in PKL Season 10. While his raiding statistics are minimal, Aman's defensive performance is where he truly shines. In Season 9, he played 24 matches and earned a total of 60 points, all from tackles. With an average successful tackles per match of 2.5 and a tackle success rate of 43%, Aman proved his defensive worth.
Despite not being involved in any raids, Aman managed three super tackles and three high 5s, demonstrating his ability to stifle rival raiders and turn the tide in his team's favour. Aman's role as a left corner defender provides the Bengaluru Bulls with much-needed solidity in their defence.
3. Ran Singh: The All-Rounder Dynamo
Ran Singh, an all-rounder with a knack for both defence and raiding, adds a layer of versatility to the Bengaluru Bulls' defensive lineup. Although he played only 8 matches in PKL Season 9, he still managed to earn 5 points, all through tackles. His defensive statistics included 2 super tackles and a tackle success rate of 30%.
In addition to his Season 9 contributions, it's worth noting that Ran Singh played a crucial role in Season 8 for the Bengal Warriors. In that season, he participated in 14 matches, earning a total of 38 points. His versatility as an all-rounder, with both attacking and defensive capabilities, makes him an asset for the Bengaluru Bulls.
As the Bengaluru Bulls prepare to face the Gujarat Giants in their opening game on December 3, 2023, at The Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, the defensive prowess of these top defenders will be crucial. Their ability to thwart rival raiders, execute super tackles, and secure high 5s will play a pivotal role in the team's success in PKL Season 10.
While the raiders might claim the glory, it is the relentless dedication and skill of defenders like Saurabh Nandal, Aman, and Ran Singh that will define the Bengaluru Bulls' performance in the upcoming season. The stage is set, and fans are ready to witness their favourite team's defensive stalwarts in action.