Coaches are the unsung heroes of any sporting endeavour, and the world of Kabaddi is no exception. As Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 10 approaches, the anticipation is building, and the role of coaches is more critical than ever. These seasoned mentors will play a pivotal role in shaping the strategies and success of their respective teams at the upcoming PKL Season 10 Player Auction.
12 head coaches appointed by PKL franchises for this milestone 10th season.
1. Kasinathan Baskaran - Bengal Warriors
Experience and past success: Baskaran, a Pro Kabaddi trophy winner with Jaipur Pink Panthers, brings a wealth of experience. He has previously coached Puneri Paltan and Tamil Thalaivas.
The challenge ahead: Despite finishing 11th in Season 9, Baskaran aims to lead Bengal Warriors to a better performance in PKL Season 10.
2. Randhir Singh Sehrawat - Bengaluru Bulls
Continuity and success: Randhir Singh Sehrawat is the only coach who has remained with the same team since the inception of Pro Kabaddi. He led the Bengaluru Bulls to victory in Season 6.
Talent-spotting prowess: Known for identifying and nurturing raw talent, Sehrawat has a proven track record of bringing skilled players to the forefront.
3. Rambir Singh Khokhar - Dabang Delhi K.C.
Vast experience: Khokhar, an experienced figure in PKL, has previously coached Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers.
Fresh perspectives: His appointment promises innovative strategies for Dabang Delhi K.C., bringing a new dimension to the team's approach.
4. Ram Mehar Singh - Gujarat Giants
Association with success: Singh has been with Gujarat Giants since Season 9. Under his guidance, Patna Pirates clinched the trophy in Season 5.
Strategy specialist: Known for his off-the-mat strategies, Singh's tactical prowess will be instrumental for Gujarat Giants in PKL Season 10.
5. Manpreet Singh - Haryana Steelers
Successful start: Manpreet Singh's coaching career began impressively with Gujarat Giants, reaching consecutive finals in Season 5 and Season 6.
Aggressive coaching style: His aggressive approach has seen Haryana Steelers put up commendable performances under his leadership since Season 9.
6. Sanjeev Baliyan - Jaipur Pink Panthers
Past triumphs: Baliyan made an immediate impact as a coach when Patna Pirates secured the Season 3 title.
Defending champions: Jaipur Pink Panthers have retained Baliyan as their head coach for Season 10 after a successful campaign last season.
7. Narender Redu - Patna Pirates
Transition to head coach: Redu, previously an assistant coach for Haryana Steelers, takes the helm at Patna Pirates for Season 10.
Kabaddi standards improvement: His coaching experience has significantly elevated the standards of the Services' kabaddi team.
8. BC Ramesh - Puneri Paltan
Memorable run: Ramesh guided Puneri Paltan to their first PKL final appearance in Season 9.
Proven track record: As head coach for Bengal Warriors, he played a pivotal role in their Season 7 title win.
9. Ashan Kumar - Tamil Thalaivas
Transformative impact: Kumar took charge of Tamil Thalaivas midseason in the previous edition, propelling them to the playoffs.
National team experience: His training stints with the Indian and Iranian national teams bring valuable expertise.
10. Srinivas Reddy - Telugu Titans
Proven leadership: Reddy, a familiar face in PKL, returns to Telugu Titans after Season 4, where the team finished as runners-up.
National team involvement: His coaching extends to the India men and women's teams, further enriching his expertise.
11. Gholamreza Mazandarani - U Mumba
Previous success: Mazandarani, a former head coach of U Mumba, steered them to the playoffs in Season 6.
International experience: His coaching stint with the Iranian team during their Asian Games victory adds depth to his coaching credentials.
12. Jasveer Singh - U.P. Yoddhas
Consistency and trust: U.P. Yoddhas have retained Jasveer Singh as their head coach, emphasizing player development and trust.
Playoff regulars: The team's consistent playoff appearances showcase Singh's steady leadership.
As we gear up for PKL Season 10, these experienced coaches are set to lead their respective teams into battle. Their expertise, strategies, and knack for nurturing talent will undoubtedly play a significant role in shaping the league's exciting new season. Keep a close eye on these mentors as they guide their teams in pursuit of glory on the kabaddi mat.