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Editor's Pick (PKL)




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 !!!

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