Telugu Titans are one of the biggest limelight stealers this season ahead of the Pro Kabaddi League 2021. They have had one of the best auctions this year and house some of the most formidable raiders as well as defenders in their squad. Over the years, the team has boasted some of the best talents but have fallen short of the mark. Eyeing compensation, Telugu Titans opted for a settled defence and reliable support for their main man, Siddharth Sirish Desai.
Considering his stunning performance in Season 7, ‘Baahubali’ Siddharth was retained by Telugu Titans at the Vivo Pro Kabaddi player auction when they made use of their Final Bid Match (FBM) card at ₹1.30 crores. This can prove to be a game-changing move as Desai is one classy player. The inclusion of Rohit Kumar adds more power to their raiding department along with the ‘baby-faced assassin’ Sandeep Kandola who can complement really well.
SIGNINGS IN THE AUCTION :
Ruturaj Koravi will join the defence as a right corner, further strengthening the team. After spending two successful seasons with Gujarat Giants, he will be expected to Perform for the Hyderabad-based franchise with his classic dashes and brilliant diving ankle holds. It will be interesting to see how the corner combination of Sandeep and Ruturaj attack in tandem this season.
Right cover defender Surender Singh will also be joining Telugu Titans after spending three seasons with U Mumba. C Arun will be supporting him from the left cover position and are expected to be performing consistently for the Titans. Rajnish and Ankit Beniwal were picked in the Retained Young Players and are really promising youngsters. Young defenders Manish, Akash Dattu Arsul and Akash Chaudhary showed glimpses of their remarkable skills during the business end of Season 7.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR –
Some of the players to watch out for include names like Amit Chauhan, Galla Raju, Ankit Beniwal, Rakesh Gowda, Rohit Kumar and Siddharth Desai. It will also be intriguing to see how Telugu Titans use their overseas imports – Japan’s Abe Tetsuro and Hyunsu Park from South Korea in Season 8.
|Aakash Dattu Arsul||Defender, the right cover|
|Akash Choudhary||Defender, right corner|
|Manish||Defender left cover|
|Adarsh T||Defender left corner|
|C. Arun||Defender left corner|
|Sandeep Kandola||Defender left corner|
December 22: Telugu Titans vs. Tamil Thalaivas, 8:30 PM IST
December 25: Puneri Paltan vs. Telugu Titans, 8:30 PM IST
December 28: Telugu Titans vs. Haryana Steelers, 8:30 PM IST
January 1: Bengaluru Bulls vs. Telugu Titans, 8:30 PM IST
January 3: Telugu Titans vs. Patna Pirates, 8:30 PM IST
January 5: Dabang Delhi KC vs. Telugu Titans, 8:30 PM IST
January 8: U Mumba vs. Telugu Titans 8:30 PM IST
January 11: Telugu Titans vs. Gujarat Giants, 8:30 PM IST
January 15: UP Yoddha vs. Telugu Titans, 8:30 PM IST
January 17: Telugu Titans vs. Bengal Warriors, 8:30 PM IST