Himachal Pradesh Senior National Team announced; Ajay Thakur makes a comeback

The Himachal Pradesh state Kabaddi Association announced the team for the 67th Senior National Kabaddi Championships. The tournament is all set to take place in Jaipur from the 2nd to the 6th of March 2020. It will see a participation of about 55 teams from all over India.

Ajay Thakur and Priyanka Negi
Ajay Thakur and Priyanka Negi

Former Indian Kabaddi team captain Ajay Thakur will make a comeback on the Kabaddi mat after he was included in the Himachal Pradesh men's team. Thakur has been out due to an injury after Pro Kabaddi Season 7 and was also not a part of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 2019 South Asian Games in Nepal. It is most likely that the DSP of the Himachal Pradesh Police will be leading his team at the Senior Nationals.

With two wins and two losses in four matches last year in Roha, Himachal Pradesh did not have an outing they would have wanted. However, with a stronger team this year, the Himachal men would be looking to better their performance from last year and finish off in a better place.

Apart from Thakur, the team comprises of another 15 players. Out of the total 16, four players have been kept on standby in case someone from the selected 12 gets injured. Here is the list of full Himachal Pradesh men's team for the Senior National Kabaddi Championships 2020.

1. Ajay Thakur - Raider

2. Ram Gopal

3. Kamal Chandel - Left Corner

4. Baldev Singh - Right Coner

5. Surinder Pal - Raider

6. Nitesh Singh - All-Rounder 

7. Subhasah - Raider

8. Naveen Kumar - Raider

9. Ajitesh - Right Cover/Raider

10. Vishal - All-Rounder

11. Surinder - All-Rounder

12. Umesh Kumar - Raider

13. Vishesh Chandel - Raider

14. Ashish Puharta - Raider

15. Sanjeev Thakur - All-Rounder 

16. Mukesh - All-Rounder

In the women's team, Priyanka Negi has been included in the team along with Jyoti, Pushpa, Sweety, Kavita and Nidhi Sharma. Priyanka has been one of the top players for Himachal Pradesh and would definitely want to continue her top performance this year also. They had reached the semifinals in the last edition of the tournament and had faced a 23-26 defeat from the hands of Haryana. The Himachal women would be looking to emulate their performance last year and win the trophy in Jaipur. 

Here is the list of the full Himachal Pradesh women's team for the Senior National Kabaddi Championships:

1. Jyoti - All-Rounder

2. Pushpa - Left Cover

3. Kavita - Right Cover

4. Sweety - Raider

5. Sushma 

6. Nidhi Sharma 

7. Priyanka Negi - All-Rounder

8. Lalita - Left Cover

9. Bhawana Devi - Raider

10. Reena - Left Cover/Raider

11. Minakshi - All-Rounder

12. Simran - Raider

Stand-by 

13. Shalini - Raider

14. Padma - All-Rounder

15. Gurmeet Kaur - Raider

16. Suman



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