U Mumba Pro Kabaddi Season 7 Team Analysis
The Pro Kabaddi Auction ahead of Season 7 was a highly anticipated affair with several teams looking to put together the remaining pieces of the jigsaw puzzle but also others looking to hit the reset button as they move forward with a completely new unit filled with new personnel. The auction wasn’t short of the star quotient either, with the likes of Monu Goyat, Rahul Chaudhari, Abozar Mighani, Sandeep Narwal, Nitin Tomar, Rishank Devadiga and Siddharth Desai all up for grabs!
There are positives and negatives when it comes to re-booting a side completely in an auction that has 12 teams vying for top players. On one hand, the purse available is significantly larger (teams like Puneri Paltan, Telugu Titans & UP Yodha had this luxury) than several other sides that have retained their core and that gives the team owners the ability to bully the auction a little and raise the price of players which competing owners definitely want back in their squads. On the other hand however, with 11 other teams vying for each player, the chances of putting together a balanced side from scratch become harder than when it was in an 8-team league and each team’s strategy tables have gotten smarter too with every passing auction.
Time to jump straight into our analysis of each team ahead of this Pro Kabaddi Season 7 and give you a detailed breakdown of the side with the strengths and potential gaps, which need to be addressed before July arrives. We at Kabaddi Adda have decided to detail each squad with a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) to understand where they currently stand but also to give all Kabaddi fans an idea of where these teams could find room to improve as the season kicks off…and we certainly expect a few surprises too!
The Season 2 Champions, U Mumba, enter PKL 7 on the back of a season that fell away from them when it mattered most. It was perhaps a case of “what might have been” if they had just finished top of the table ahead of the Gujarat Fortunegiants. One of the most successful franchises in the history of PKL, it’s a side that has traditionally hinged on it’s defensive structure, although that changed with the presence of Sid Desai last season, who quickly became the sensation. Following a shoulder surgery and perhaps a tough decision to make, the squad did not retain Siddharth and chose to overhaul the squad almost completely barring the incredible Corner + Cover combination of Fazel and Surinder.
The squad retained the services of Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal (two untested commodities) and has chosen to go into PKL 7 with a squad filled with support raiders as far as PKL history goes and spent the big bucks on a new right corner in the form of “The Beast” Sandeep Narwal, who combined with Fazel could make for the strongest corner combo in the league. In the process however, they have let go of the leadership qualities of Dharmaraj Charalathan, which mean a lot of that responsibility now falls on the shoulders of Fazel again, with the lack of another real leader on court.