There are many such veteran players who could not get a position in the team.
India’s 24-member kabaddi squad for the Asian Games has been announced. The team includes many big names of the Pro Kabaddi League including Pardeep Narwal and Naveen Kumar. While there are veteran players like Deepak Hooda and Girish Ernak in the team, , youngsters like Jaideep and Mohit Goyat have also been given a chance. Many players like Bengal Warriors captain Maninder Singh, Bengaluru Bulls captain Pawan Sehrawat, UP Yoddha captain Nitesh Kumar, Gujarat Giants captain Sunil Kumar, Pravesh Bhainswal, Aslam Inamdar and Jaideep have found a place in this list of potential players.
Despite this, there were some players who displayed extraordinary performance in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) but they could not make their place in the Asian Games team. We will tell you about seven such players who should have got a place in this team.
1. Surender Gill (UP Yoddha)
Surender Gill’s performance for UP Yoddha was excellent in the eighth season of the Pro Kabaddi League. Due to Pardeep Narwal not being in form, the whole responsibility of raiding fell on him and he took up his responsibility very sincerely. Surender Gill scored 198 points in 23 matches in PKL season 8. He was the raider with the most number of points for the team and was ranked fifth overall. Surender Gill also hit seven super raids, while he finished first in the tournament in terms of average raid points. With achieving such a brilliant feat, he should have definitely got a place in the Asian Games team.
2. Saurabh Nandal (Bengaluru Bulls)
Captain Pawan Sehrawat has been selected for the Asian Games from the Bangalore Bulls team. However, his own teammate and the third-best defender of PKL Season 8 – Saurabh Nandal has not got a place in the team. Nandal scored a total of 69 points in 24 matches. He made six super tackles and hit high fives twice. The 56 percent tackle success rate shows that he has a lot of potential. With his excellent display of skills in the PKL, Saurabh Nandal should also deserve a place in the team for the Asian Games. These players should now be given international exposure as well.
3. Sumit (UP Yoddha)
Sumit, the young defender of UP Yoddha, is also not a part of the 24-membered team that has been selected for the Asian Games. He displayed tremendous skills in the 8th season of the Kabaddi League. He scored 62 points in 24 matches and remained in the top-5 for scoring the most tackle points. His pairing with Nitesh Kumar proved to be quite fatal for the opposing teams. However, despite this, he has not been kept in the team for the Asian Games. Surely he should have got a place.
4. Manjeet (Tamil Thalaivas)
Young raider Manjeet from Tamil Thalaivas with his performance in the last two PKL seasons has proven himself to be powerful. However, despite this, he is not included in the team for the Asian Games. Manjeet played the role of a daunting raider for Puneri Paltan in the seventh season of PKL. After this, he also scored 167 points in 20 matches for Tamil Thalaivas in the 8th season. Manjeet is a tall and strong player and in such a situation it becomes very difficult to stop him. Apart from this, his footwork is also very good. In such a situation, Manjeet should have also been part of the Asian Games team.
5. Rahul Choudhary (Puneri Paltan)
“Show Man” Rahul Choudhary is a big name in Indian Kabaddi. He has added many big records to his name. However, his form has been very poor for the last few PKL seasons and that is probably the reason why he did not get a place in the Asian Games team. However, considering Rahul Chaudhary’s overall experience and status, he must have been a part of the team. He has the experience of playing in big tournaments like the Asian Games and has led the team to victory earlier. He might be missed by the Indian team.
6. V Ajit Kumar (U-Mumba)
V Ajit Kumar exceeded expectations in PKL Season 8 for U-Mumba. This player scored a cumulative 159 points in 20 matches. During this, he also planted six Super-10s. In the absence of Abhishek Singh, he played a sensational game in many matches. With his skills, he showed that he can play the role of an excellent assist for any raider. In such a situation, he could also be a contender for the Asian Games.
7. Ajinkya Panwar (Tamil Thalaivas)
Tamil Thalaivas’s performance in the last season of PKL was not good but players like Ajinkya Panwar definitely remained a positive point for the Asian Games team selectors. The skill he has displayed in the do and die situation is commendable. Overall, he scored 114 points in 18 matches last PKL season. Out of these, he got 42 points in the do and die situation. Such a player is needed the most in many matches and in such a situation, he could have played an important role in the Asian Games.