Pro Kabaddi League: Can Patna Pirates continue their hot form? | Team Preview, Schedule, Squad, News.

PREVIEW :

The Patna Pirates are one of the most successful teams in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League. Three-time vivo Pro Kabaddi champions. Pirates came into the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 8 player auction with a lot of eyes on their new team combination. The team needed a new strike raider as well as an experienced Corner combination as they were eyeing to fill these holes before the start of the new season.

For the first time since 2016, the Patna Pirates will play in the PKL without Pardeep Narwal in their squad who was an integral part of the squad but will play for the UP Yoddha this season. The Pirates have roped in Sachin Tanwar for a massive Rs. 84 Lakh and also spent liberally on raider Prashant Kumar Rai as they bought him at a hefty price tag of Rs 55 Lakh.

NEW SIGNING IN THE AUCTION : 

They also bought in the most expensive foreign signing of the auction this season- Iran’s Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh for Rs. 31 Lakh. Right Cover Neeraj Kumar, who was the team’s most successful defender in Season 7, was among the best-Retained players. He had also scored a record-equalling 11 tackle points in a single match for the team last season and is expected to lead the defensive duties this season too.

The team has four absolute world-class raiders as Vivo Pro Kabaddi’s highest-scoring overseas raider Jang Kun Lee and Monu Goyat also join the mix to strengthen the raiding department. Lee has been with them since Season 7, where he scored 63 points for them, and Goyat has been a key member of the Season 5 championship-winning Patna Pirates team.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR –

Some of the players to watch out for include names like Sachin Tanwar, Neeraj Kumar, Monu Goyat, Sandeep, Prashant Kumar Rai and Jang Kun Lee.
The raiding department is pretty sorted but the defensive department lacks experience. Shubham Shinde will also be seen joining Sunil along with Left Corner Sandeep and Sourav Gulia this season for the Pirates. The defensive set-up is made up of some promising youngsters and they will be keen to get on the mat and showcase their skills.

SQUAD :

Raider

Neeraj Kumar, Monu, Mohit, Rajveersinh Pratap Rao Chavan, Jangkun Lee,  Prashanth Kumar Rai, Sachin Tanwar, Monu Goyat, Guman Singh, 

Defender

Neeraj Kumar, Sunil, Sourav Gulia, Shubham Shinde, Sandeep 

All-rounder

Sahil Mann, Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh, Sajin Chandrasekar

SCHEDULE :

December 23: Haryana Steelers vs. Patna Pirates, 9:30 PM IST

December 25: Patna Pirates vs. UP Yoddha, 7:30 PM IST

December 28: Puneri Paltan vs. Patna Pirates, 7:30 PM IST

December 31: Patna Pirates vs. Bengal Warriors, 8:30 PM IST

January 3: Telugu Titans vs. Patna Pirates, 8:30 PM IST

January 6: Patna Pirates vs. Tamil Thalaivas, 7:30 PM IST

January 8: Gujarat Giants vs. Patna Pirates, 9:30 PM IST

January 11: Patna Pirates vs. U Mumba, 7:30 PM IST

January 14: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs. Patna Pirates, 7:30 PM IST

January 16: Patna Pirates vs. Bengaluru Bulls, 7:30 PM IST

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