And finally, the cup might just come to Bengaluru! No, not in cricket, not with Kohli. In Kabaddi, with captain Pawan Sehrawat.
A lot of things are going well for the Bulls and here are some reasons why they are all set to lift the PKL8 cup
- They have a Super-star Lead Raider in Pawan Sehrawat who can deliver 10 points in all matches of the league. Their main raider is dependable and also a credible leader of the squad, much like MS Dhoni is the Chennai Super Kings squad.
- Excellent Support Raiders for Pawan - The main raider being on the mat for more than 70% of the raids is possible only if he has a shoulder to lean on in the support raider. Chandran Ranjith did this task to perfection for Naveen Kumar in PKL7 and he will play the right-hand man role for Pawan Sehrawat in PKL8. He is in charge of ensuring Pawan spends enough raids on the mat. And if Ranjith is not up to the task, they have Deepak Narwal and brute force Banty. This support squad will also ensure that the Bulls end up in fewer Do-or-Die raids. The icing on the cake is possibly the tall Iranian raider Abolfazel Maghsodhlo who has proved to be good in do-or-die raids.
- Stable, young corners - Corners form the pillars of any good defense in Kabaddi and with Amit Sheoran and Saurabh Nandal, Bulls have experience and youth all rolled into one. They have invested in these youngsters by giving them enough match time in PKL7 to mold them into a good corner duo.
- Cover defense is a small kink in the Bulls squad. They have got Mahender, the left cover from Services, a mainstay of the Bulls defense; however, there is slim support coming from the right cover. The right corner-right cover combination is what is likely to prove to be a threat to right raiders like Naveen Kumar and Arjun Deshwal in the upcoming season. Coach Randhir will have to come up with a way to tighten the right cover.
- Coach Randhir Singh Sehrawat invests in his squad and now it is payback time. He has been a match-winning coach for the Railways and Bengaluru Bulls. He has been the team’s coach from the beginning of Pro Kabaddi and the faith in the coach has paid rich dividends to the team. His ability to knit the young unit together, uncover players like Pardeep Narwal and Pawan Sehrawat is another big reason the Bengaluru Bulls are well placed to bring the cup back home!
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