The gap between the teams that are on top of the two zones - Gujarat Fortune Giants and Bengal Warriors - with the rest of the teams is quite big. These two teams have almost booked their seats in the next round.
Today’s first match is between Haryana and Patna.
Haryana Steelers - Squad strength: 22 (20 Indian, 2 Overseas)Defenders – Mohit Chhillar, Neeraj Kumar, Vikash, Surender Nada, Mahender Singh Dhaka, Jeeva Gopal, Rakesh S. Kumar, Neeral Kumar, Babu M, Raju Lal Choudhary
Raiders – Sonu Narwal, Khomsan Thongkham, Deepak Kumar, Surjeet Singh, Prashant K Rai, Deepak Dahiya, Wazir Singh, Vikash Khandola, Ashish Chhokar
All Rounders – David Mosambayi, Mayur Shivtarkar, Deepak Rathee, Parmod Narwal, Kuldeep Singh
Patna Pirates - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas)Defenders – Vishal Mane, Sachin Shingade, Jaideep, Manish Kumar, Satish, Sandeep, Virender Singh
Raiders – Vijay, Monu Goyat, Pardeep Narwal, Md. Zakir Hossain, Vikas Jaglan, Vinod Kumar, Vishnu Uthaman, Jawahar
All Rounders – Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Parveen Birwal, Arvind Kumar
I had trouble picking an all-rounder for this lineup. Not cos there were too many good players. That problem, I had with the raiders. Oh well. You cannot not have Pardeep Narwal. Or Monu Goyat. When you have such players, there is really not much to second-guess.
AR: Deepak Kumar
DF: Sachin Shingade, Mohit Chhillar, Jaideep
RA: Pardeep Narwal, Wazir Singh, Monu Goyat
The other match is between Gujarat and UP
Gujarat Fortune Giants - Squad strength: 18 (15 Indian, 3 Overseas)Defenders – Abozar Mighani, C Kalai Arasan, Fazel Atrachali, Vikas Kale, Manoj Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sunil Kumar
Raiders – Sukesh Hegde, Mahendra Rajput, Sachin, Amit Rathi, Dange Sultan, Pawan Kumar, Rakesh Narwal, Chandran Ranjit
All Rounders – Seong Ryeol Kim, Mahipal Narwal, Rohit Gulia
UP Yoddha - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas)
Defenders – Jeeva Kumar, Hadi Tajik, Nitesh Kumar, Gurvinder Singh, Santosh BS, Rohit Kumar, Sanoj Kumar
Raiders – Rishank Devadiga, Sulieman Kabir, Nitin Tomar, Surendra Singh, Mahesh Goud, Ajvender Singh, Gulveer Singh
All Rounders – Rajesh Narwal, Pankaj, Sunil, Sagar B Krishna
The thing about meeting toppers is that, not only do you know that they are good; they know it too.
AR: Rohit Gulia, Rajesh Narwal
DF: Abozar Mighani, Fazel Atrachali
RA: Sachin, Nitin Tomar, Rishank Devadiga
The key is to allot your salary accordingly. After a point, the players you pick are rather consistent.
P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!