Naveen ‘Express’ will look to get back into the form.
Dabang Delhi KC the defending champions after a poor end to the Pune leg losing almost all the matches have started the last leg of the league stages on a positive note winning two games on the trot and keeping their hopes alive for the playoff spot. Naveen Kumar after a few off games was back to his scoring a super 10 with the defence starting to perform well.
Gujarat Giants has started to falter in the important stage of the group stages losing both their previous encounters in the Hyderabad leg. With this string of losses Gujarat Giants occupy the 11th spot in the points table and now need to win all their remaining matches to qualify for the PKL 9 playoffs.
Raiders: Chandran Ranjit, Mahendra Rajput, Dong Geon Lee, Purna Singh, Sonu, Pardeep Kumar, Rakesh, Gaurav Chhikara, Sohit, Sonu Singh, Sawin
Defenders: Vinod Kumar, Young Chang Ko, Rinku Narwal, Baldev Singh, Sourav Gulia, Sandeep Kandola, Manuj, Kapil, Ujjval Singh
All-rounders: Arkam Shaikh, Parteek Dhaiya, Rohan Singh, Shankar Gadai
Dabang Delhi KC
Raiders: Naveen Kumar, Manjeet, Ashu Malik, Ashish Narwal, Suraj Panwar
Defenders: Ravi Kumar, Sandeep Dhull, Amit Hooda, Vishal, Anil Kumar, Monu, Dipak, Krishan, Vinay Kumar, Vijay, Mohammad Liton Ali, Aakash
All-rounders: Vijay, Tejas Patil, Reza Katoulinezhad
Gujarat Giants and Dabang Delhi KC have faced each other 11 times in the Pro Kabaddi League out of which, Gujarat has won five matches whereas Dabang Delhi KC has come out victorious on four occasions with two matches ending in a tie.
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Amit Hooda in the right corner position has stood tall in Dabang Delhi’s last two wins tackling in crucial situations. Krishan Hooda was the reliable defender at the start of the league but Amit in the last few matches has been the perfect backup and the combination with Sandeep Dhull is working out quite well as both have previously played for Jaipur Pink Panthers in similar positions.
Partheek Dahiya the tall lanky youngster has made a good comeback to the team scoring a super 10 in the last encounter against UP Yoddhas. The raider will play a crucial role in raiding along with captain Chandran Ranjith who has also scored points in the last few matches. Partheek needs to attack Sandeep Dhull who tends to make advanced tackles.
Key to Sucess
Dabang Delhi KC coach has worked with the defenders to get back to the original form and it is paying off with the last two wins. The defending champions (defenders) need to perform in a similar manner consistently with Gujarat Giants possessing the like of three quality raiders who can progress with their game if Delhi’s defence dont perform.
Gujarat Giants’ defence in the absence of Sourav Gulia has taken a massive toll with none of the others stepping up at crucial junctures. Rinku Narwal the corner defender has performed well but the likes of Arkam Shaikh need to up their form as Dabang Delhi too possess quality raiders as Gujarat Giants.
Did you Know
Amit Hooda from Dabang Delhi KC is just one point away from getting to the 250 tackle points mark in the Pro Kabaddi League.
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