At one point in time, it was difficult to breach the dominance of cricket. Then came a challenger. It was our sport, Kabaddi. The rise of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League has led Indian sports to new a direction. Words like baulk line, bonus line, super-raid and super-tackle have become a common lingo. Into its 7th season, the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League has made stars out of athletes who otherwise would have been lost in the oblivion
Vivo Pro Kabaddi League 2019 has started with a bang. The matches have become faster with smaller ad-breaks — a sure-shot recipe of success with the audience. With 12 teams in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League 2019, get ready to be enthralled by high-intensity performances.
The season so far is nothing short of surprises. Loyalties have shifted with players jumping camps. Rahul Chaudhari, the poster of the Telugu Titans until season 6, is now a part of the Tamil Thalaivas. The Thalaivas have surely benefitted from Rahul’s inclusion. Placed fifth in the league table, the Thalaivas are yet to hit their purple patch. A team with the likes of Ajay Thakur, Manjeet Chhillar and Rahul Chaudhari, is undoubtedly a force to reckon with.
The void left by Rahul Chaudhari is hurting the Telugu Titans. Despite including one of the rising stars of the season 6, Siddharth Desai from U Mumba, Telugu Titans haven’t clicked. A dismal start to the season leaves them in the bottom half of the table. Similar is the fate of Puneri Paltan, UP Yoddha and Haryana Steelers. Anup Kumar and Rakesh Kumar who are coaching Puneri Paltan and Haryana Steelers respectively, will expect much more from their teams.
Patna Pirates, U Mumba and Gujarat Fortune Giants form the mid-field of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League 2019. Their standings in the league table don’t do justice to their strengths. U Mumba’s Fazel Atrachali keeps the defence intact, it’s the raiders – Abhishek Singh and Rohit Baliyan are the ones who have to click. The Gujarat Fortune Giants doesn’t limit itself to individual brilliance. They click as a team. So it is more of a challenge for the coach, Manpreet Singh, to get back to the winning ways soon. The same applies to the Patna Pirates. Their star raider, Pardeep Narwal, who recently became the first to 900 Pro Kabaddi League points, is kept quiet. It seems like the rival teams have found the trick to stop his dubki.
The champion that Pardeep Narwal is, he will soon find a way around.
Topping the charts so far, Dabang Delhi has come out all guns blazing. With just one loss in 6 games, they seem to have ticked all the boxes. Naveen Kumar has led the raiding charts and the duo of Ravinder Pahal and Joginder Singh have held the defence reins. Bengaluru Bulls must be happy to see Pawan Kumar Sehrawat continue his PKL 6 form. No doubt he is the top raider this season — a significant reason why Bengaluru Bulls are currently placed 2nd. Bengal Warriors, Jaipur Pink Panthers and Tamil Thalaivas are all neck and neck in the league table. We are sure as the league progresses, these three teams will surely up the ante and will go a long way.