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Kabaddi - The Journey Till Now (PKL 2017)

25th October


The race to the finals is now more exciting than ever. Gujarat, the perpetual class topper has zoomed to the finals. No one ever doubted that bit. The other finalist is yet to be decided. This tournament has been going on for over three months now and the thrill is high still. Ain’t that something?
Let’s take a look at what happened so far.
Eliminator  1 - Puneri Paltan meets UP Yoddha - Pune won 40 - 38
Eliminator  2 - Haryana Steelers meets Patna Pirates - Patna won 69 - 30
Eliminator 3 - Winner of Eliminator 1 vs Winner of Eliminator 2-
- Patna beats Pune 42 - 32
Qualifier 1 - Gujarat Fortune Giants meets Bengal Warriors. - Gujarat won 42 - 17
Qualifier 2 - Winner of Eliminator 3 vs Loser of Qualifier 1 - Patna meets Bengal.
FINALS - Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2 - Gujarat versus ?

Are we on the same page?




24th October


Tuesday, the 24th of October will see what will decide who makes it to the finals. The first Qualifier takes place with the clash of the toppers of each zone - Gujarat Fortune Giants and Bengal Warriors. They have been on top for a while and the winner of this match totally deserves the straight ride to the finals. The team that does not win will meet the winner of the other match today. In the second Qualifier.
The other match is between Pune and Patna. The winner of this match finds a place in the second Qualifier.


Gujarat - Bengal
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
Bengal Warriors - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas)
Defenders –  Young Chang Ko, Ameares Mondal, Sandeep Malik, Surjeet Singh, Virender  Singh, Rahul Kumar, Shashank Wankhede
Raiders – Jang Kun Lee, Maninder Singh, Deepak Narwal, Vinod Kumar, Virender Wazir Singh, Kuldeep, Anil Kumar
All Rounders –  Bhupender Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Ran Singh, Ravindra Kumavat, Vikash


Gujarat probable seven - Sukesh Hegde,Chandran Ranjit, Sachin Tanwar,Fazel Atrachali,Sunil Kumar,Parvesh Bhainswal,Abozar Mohajermighani
Bengal Probable seven - Maninder Singh,Surjeet Singh ,Young Chang Ko,Deepak Narwal,Vinod Kumar,Shrikant Tewthia,Ran Singh


My lineup
AR: Ran Singh
DF: Fazel Atrachali, Abozar Mighani
RA: Deepak Narwal, Jan Kun Lee, Sukesh Hegde, Sachin


The players I have selected above - seem like the obvious choice. Maninder Singh And Surjeet Singh would be my alternate to Jan Kun Lee and Sukesh Hegde.


Pune - Patna
Puneri Paltan - Squad strength: 15 (13 Indian, 2 Overseas)
Defenders – Dharamraj Cheralathan, Girish Ernak, Md. Ziaur Rehman
Raiders –  Rajesh Mondal, Rohit Kumar Choudary, Umesh Mhatre, Akshay Jadhav, More GB, Suresh Kumar, Deepak Niwas Hooda
All Rounders – Takamitsu Kono, Sandeep Narwal, Ravi Kumar, Ajay, Narender Hooda
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

Pune Probable seven - Deepak Hooda,Akshay Jadhav,Ziaur Rahman,Dharmaraj Chelerathan,Rajesh Mondal,Sandeep Narwal,Girish Maruti Ernak

Patna Probable seven - Pardeep Narwal,Vishal Mane,Sachin Shingade,Monu Goyat,Vikas Jaglan,Jawahar,Jaideep


My lineup
AR: Sandeep Narwal, Deepak Hooda
DF: Girish Maruti, Jaideep
RA: Monu Goyat, Pardeep Narwal, Vijay /Akshay Jadhav


Again, a very clear lineup. Course Id like Rajesh Mondal too. But I would have to make some changes then because of salary availability.
What do you think? Ready for the finals?


Indu



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 !!!

22nd October


Eliminator  1 - Puneri Paltan meets UP Yoddha
Eliminator  2 - Haryana Steelers meets Patna Pirates
Eliminator 3 - Winner of Eliminator 1 vs Winner of Eliminator 2
Qualifier 1 - Gujarat Fortune Giants meets Bengal Warriors.
Qualifier 2 - Winner of Eliminator 3 vs Loser of Qualifier 1


FINALS - Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2


This has played out pretty well hasn’t it? Gujarat and Bengal have been consistently on top. They deserve to be able to have a special ride to the finals. The team that does lose the Qualifier still have another chance.


Puneri Paltan Meets UP Yoddha


From now on, the points that were earned in the league stage will not matter. This is a whole new game altogether. The team that wins from now on will go on to the next stage. Course being zone topper matters because these two teams have a second chance. Even after losing one match, they can try again to get into the finals. The other four teams are part of eliminators. You lose you are out of the tournament.
Let’s take a look at the first match - Pune versus UP.
Pune has a very balanced team. They definitely have better odds on a good day. Though they lost to the Giants in the last match of the league stage, that match was clearly just a warmup. The score was 23-22. Fairly tight.


Puneri Paltan - Squad strength: 15 (13 Indian, 2 Overseas)
Defenders – Dharamraj Cheralathan, Girish Ernak, Md. Ziaur Rehman
Raiders –  Rajesh Mondal, Rohit Kumar Choudary, Umesh Mhatre, Akshay Jadhav, More GB, Suresh Kumar, Deepak Niwas Hooda
All Rounders – Takamitsu Kono, Sandeep Narwal, Ravi Kumar, Ajay, Narender Hooda
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
If I had to pick a team irrespective of the rules of the app this is what I might like.
Girish maruti ernak
Jeeva kumar
Rinku narwal
Monu
Rajesh mondal
Deepak hooda
Rishank


Since I cannot pick more than four players from one team, my final selection is as follows.
AR: Sandeep Narwal, Sagar Krishna
DF: Jeeva Kumar, Girish Maruti Ernak
RA: Rishank Devadiga, Rajesh Mondal, Monu

The second match is between Patna and Haryana. Haryana is also a very balanced team. They are capable of winning, like Pune. They will be the favourites and will have the better odds. What do you think?
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
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


My ideal team without any restrictions
Jawahar
Surendar Nada
Mohit Chhillar
Pardeep Narwal
Monu Goyat
Wazir Singh
Deepak Kumar Dahiya
AND
Prashant Kumar Rai.


Yeah I picked eight. You can pick any of the seven. Now, following rules of Fantain Fantasy Let’s see what we can pick.


AR: Jawahar
DF: Neeraj Kumar, Jaideep, Surendar Nada
RA: Wazir Singh, Monu Goyat, Pardeep Narwal


What do you think?
Indu
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 !!!


20th October
This season of Kabaddi has seen more action than ever. Bigger. Better. 12 teams. Two zones. 132 league matches. Not old school format but a brand new one. Inter zonal matches and wildcards brought in more excitement and suspense.
The teams were divided into two zones after a lot of planning. Geography and popularity played a key role.
We have seen the first round. Are you ready for the second? The top three teams of each zone make it to the playoffs that begin on 22nd October.




Qualifier one - Zone A 2nd meets Zone B 3rd.
Qualifier two - Zone A 3rd meets Zone B 2nd.
Qualifier Three - Zone A 1st meets Zone B 1st.


So this is how it works. The teams who do not make it to the top most spot - four of them - have to fight extra. Qualifier three has the first rankers of both teams clashing. The winner of Qualifier three make it straight to the finals. The other team meets the winner of Eliminator one. Eliminator one is made up of the teams that have won Qualifier one and two. Quite simple actually. And possibly quite well done at that.


As of now the table stands as such.

Zone A

Team
Points
Played
Won
Lost
Draw
SD
Gujarat Fortune Giants
82
21
14
4
3
125
Puneri Paltan
79
21
15
6
0
92
Haryana Steelers
79
22
13
5
4
40

Zone B

Team
Points
Played
Won
Lost
Draw
SD
Bengal Warriors
74
21
11
5
5
19
Patna Pirates
71
22
10
7
5
60
UP Yoddha
60
22
8
10
4
2

More coming up. Keep checking this space everyday
Indu




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