Captains unveil the trophy for Pro Kabaddi League Season 6
Pro Kabaddi League season 6 is to commence tomorrow, 7th October 2018. 12 captains of the teams unveiled the trophy on Friday in Chennai. Out of the 12 captains, Surender Nada of Haryana Steelers did not attend the function due to technical issues. Other than that 11 captains were present at the venue. In the inaugural ceremony of the season 6, many stars and sports icons will be present. Shruti Hassan and Vijay Sethupathi will be seen cheering for their favourite teams along with fans on opening day.
Auction for the season 6 was held in the month of May. Monu Goyat became the most expensive player in the PKL history. With a price tag of Rs 1.51 Crores, he became, the highest-paid non-cricket sportsman in Kabaddi. Along with Monu Goyat, Rahul Chaudhari, Deepak Hooda, Nitin Tomar, and Rishank Devadiga also fetched a sum of Rs 1 Cr. or more. Fazel Atrachali is the first foreign player to get paid Rs.1 Cr. Post the auction most of the teams are looking new with the fresh squad.
Pardeep Narwal of Patna Pirates, Surjeet Singh of Bengal Warriors, Sunil Kumar of Gujarat Fortunegiants, Joginder Narwal of Dabang Delhi K.C., Vishal Bhardwaj of Telugu Titans, Rishank Devadiga of UP Yoddha, Rohit Kumar of Bengaluru Bulls, Girish Ernak of Puneri Paltan, Anup Kumar of Jaipur Pink Panthers, Ajay Thakur of Tamil Thalaivas and D Cheralathan of U Mumba were present for the unveiling.
On the occasion, Pardeep Narwal captain of defending champions Patna Pirates said that he has worked on multiple strategic moves to counter the opponents. For Patna Pirates, one of the most challenging teams we believe is Puneri Paltan because their defense is very strong. I look forward to the season and I am going to take the trophy home this time is what Pardeep feels about the season 6 of Pro Kabaddi.
Tamil Thalaivas skipper Ajay Thakur said that, in the previous season, our team composition was heavy on youngsters. So, if it happened that I was not on the mat, taking instant decisions was tough. This year, the team has a perfect balance of young and experienced players, we have Manjeet Chillar, Jasvir Singh and Sukesh Hegde who can take phenomenal decisions at the spur of the moment during the match.
UP Yoddha skipper Rishank Devadiga said that when the season was shorter, there were more chances of injuries as the players had to take the mat on consecutive days. He added that with this format, the challenge would be to maintain a certain level of fitness consistently which is what UP Yoddha is training for.
The league will commence with the match of Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates on 7th October 2018 at Chennai.