Bengal Warriors went into the Pro Kabaddi Season 8 player auctions with one of the most sorted retentions. They managed to retain two elite A category players in the likes of Maninder Singh and Iran sensation Nabibakhshh. Both of these players played a vital role in helping the team from Kolkata win the Pro Kabaddi League for the first time in 7 seasons. Along with these two elite retentions, Bengal retained Rinku Narwal who again put his hand up in the season to pull off some great performances helping in the team's success. Warriors also retained their NYP from last season Ravinder Ramesh Kumavat. Given the retentions Bengal Warriors made, they did not have a heavy purse going into the player auctions. But the Warriors had a lot of slots to be filled especially in the defense side of things.
Season 8 Auction
Bengal Warriors started their auction by buying Abozar Mighani at 30.5 L in the foreign player's lot and this made sure their both starting corners were covered before going into the domestic player's category. In addition to that, they also went on to buy backup corners in the likes of Sachin Vittala and Rohit Banne, making it four corners in their squad.
In the Covers department, Bengal slightly looks on the weaker side as they failed to retain Jeeva Kumar who had a topsy turvy season but was extremely valuable in some important games. The cover lineup for season 8 features Darshan J and Vijin Thangadurai in the Right Cover Position and the Left Cover they have Parveen as the lone warrior as of now. Given that they still have two more slots to fill to we might get to see some NYP's singed from outside.
The Raiding department of Bengal Warriors looks one of the most balanced in the tournament on paper. With Maninder Singh and Nabbibaksh retained, Bengal went for the B and C category raiders in the auction. They managed to sign back Sukesh Hegde who had a good season last time around after Maninder Singh's injury just before the playoffs. Warriors also managed to sign Rishank Devadiga at a steal base price to further strengthen their raiding department. In categories C and D, they got few interesting names making their 2nd and 3rd raiding also very strong. They signed Akash Pikalmunde from Vidarbha, Manoj Gowda from Karnataka, Rohit from Haryana who featured in the K7 tournaments, and Sumit who played for the Bengaluru Bulls last season.
Overall Bengal Warriors looks like a lethal unit on paper and now it all comes down to how the head coach Mr. BC Ramesh manages his troops and gets the best out of this team. He is known to produce magic with the players he has. Will he be able to do the same this time around and successfully defend the title? only time will tell.
Bengal Warriors Season 8 Squad