Gujarat Fortune Giants have had an unmemorable start to their home leg of the Pro Kabaddi League 2019. But ask them, ‘how is the josh,’ pat comes to the answer, ‘high sir.’ That is the level of confidence young and energetic Giants showcase even in the crisis situation. Coached by the Pro Kabaddi league winner Manpreet Singh, the Gujarat Team is raring to go against the Bengal Warriors on Wednesday.
“Wins and losses are part and parcel of the game. What matters is confidence. Today we have lost a few games in a row, but we are going to play final once again. Boys understand the gravity of the situation and have worked hard,” said Manpreet. The head coach said there is no home pressure; in fact, Giants have always enjoyed playing at home.
The first time they lost two successive matches at home. First, it was against the Tamil Thalaivas and then to Telugu Titans.
The bright spot against the Telugu Titans was the performance of ace defender Parvesh Bhainswal. Bhainswal, with seven tackle points, was instrumental in keeping Titans under check. Telugu raiders, especially Suraj and Farhad, were not allowed too many points.
Sachin is yet to create magic he displayed two seasons, but all-rounder Rohit with his swift pace and agility has made his intentions clear, much to the relief management.
Interestingly, Giants have never been outplayed. It is just last 5-7 minutes where they have lost the plot. “We, at times, got impatient, especially in the last few minutes of the match. And it has hurt us dearly. We have worked to overcome that flaw. Else team has all the ingredients to be a winner,” remarked Manpreet.
With respect to the Bengal Warriors, they have parked themselves third in the table with 20 points from six matches.
“Bengal is a very balanced team. They have done well this season. We are not going to rush, shall play point to point game. A win will do a world of good for Giants,” he said.
Manpreet has always kept playing seven closes to his heart. However, it is very unlikely there will be major changes in the starting seven against the Warriors. “You need to trust team. If they lose, doesn’t mean they aren’t good. They will win matches again,” Manpreet concluded.