The 7th season of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League is scheduled to start from July 20th.
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Just when you are feeling low as an NBA season is over, there’s a tennis grand slam that starts the next day. Just when you contemplate your life’s meaning over a sad ending for your favorite football team in the Premier League, there’s an F1 race that’s dated on the following Sunday. It’s just a different game on a different field, with different rules. But sport and the adrenaline rush it produces, pretty much the same.
To all the cricket and tennis fans who are looking around for something to bite their nails over, brace yourself, the Pro Kabaddi League is back with season 7. After all the drama and brilliance that have unfolded in England over the past 7 weeks, the party moves down to India.
The 7th season of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League is coming with a lot of expectations, thanks to the rehashed teams and a lot of interesting retains and transfers. Sit back and relax while we give a quick recap and what to look ahead for the brand new Pro Kabaddi League that starts on July 20th.
Teams to look out for:
The Titans will start this season as one of the favorites for two reasons: Siddharth Desai, a newly acquired player transferred from U Mumba, and Gholamreza Mazandarani, the new head coach of Telugu Titans.
Siddharth Desai, a superstar who played for U Mumba previously was acquired by Telugu Titans in the recent auction for the highest amount. Being one of the top scorers of the season 6, Desai will be a promising bet for Telugu Titans.
On the other hand, the Titans have appointed Gholamreza Mazandarani as their head coach. Mazandarani is the former coach of Iran National team. Being an experienced coach who led Iran to many accolades, Mazandarani is, doubtlessly, a great strength for the Titans.
With a couple of new players in the team and a couple of old ones out, including Rahul Chaudhari who was bought by Tamil Thalaivas, everything is looking good for Telugu Titans as they play the opener of season 7 against U Mumba on 20th July.
In: Siddharth Desai (from U Mumba), C Arun (from Tamil Thalaivas)
Out: Rahul Chaudhari (To Tamil Thalaivas), Nilesh Salunke (to Jaipur Pink Panthers), Mohsen Maghsoudlou (to UP Yoddha)
The defending champions are the clear favorites for the soon-to-be starting Vivo Pro Kabaddi League 2019. After topping the Zone B, the Bulls had to defeat Gujarat Fortune Giants, the Zone A toppers, twice to become the champions.
With their long-term, most reliable raiders Pawan Kumar Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar being retained, the Bulls have their front-end armory all strong and ready. (Stat alert: Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar won 79% of the Bulls’ raid points in the previous season).
Also acquiring their key defender Mahender Singh in the last minute, the Bengaluru Bulls enter into the 7th season with less changes but more confidence.
Out: Kashiling Adake
The Pirates of Patna, inarguably the most successful franchise of the league is eyeing for their fourth title this season. With their campaign looking strong, thanks to their head pirate Pardeep Narwal, the Patna Pirates will face off the defending champions in their first match on Saturday.
After three consecutive championships, the Pirates had a disappointing season in 2018 where they’ve finished fourth in the Zone B table, owing to their poor exhibition of defence. With a couple of new acquisitions like Jang Kun Lee, a South Korean player and Mohammad Esmaeil, and their long-term defender Jaideep back in the squad, Pirates will not mind another championship in their bag of loot.
In: Surender Nada (from Haryana Steelers), Jang Kun Lee (from Bengal Warriors), Mohammad Esmaeil
Out: Deepak Narwal (to Jaipur Pink Panthers), Manjeet (to Puneri Paltan)
Gujarat Fortune Giants:
The Giants are a newly formed team which proved its worth right from the word go. Since its inception in 2017, the Fortune Giants have played two seasons and ended up as runners in both.
With teamwork as their strongest weapon, the young pack of these Giants are not planning to lose this time. With the backing from their Mr. Cool coach Manpreet Singh, who led Patna become champions in 2016, the Fortune Giants will start their 2019 campaign playing against Bengaluru Bulls on Sunday.
Vinod Kumar and More GB will join the powerful-trio of Fortune Giants Sachin Tanwar, Parvesh Bhainswal, and Sunil Kumar to play a brilliant season once again.
In: Vinod Kumar (from U Mumba), More GB (from Puneri Paltan)
Out: Prapanjan (to Bengal Warriors), Dong Geon Lee (to U Mumba)
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