Pro Kabaddi Season 7 : U.P. Yoddha name their Captain as TSR brings you all the latest developments straight from UP Yoddha’s first official interaction with media houses ahead of the upcoming season.
In a major development from the U.P. Yoddha side, the team today announced that defender Nitish Kumar will be leading the team for the impending season of Pro Kabaddi League 7. Speaking at their interaction with media houses today at the Lalit Hotel, Delhi, the side made a slew of other important announcements as they look to get their final preparations underway.
The marquee event saw the U.P. Yoddha’s also announce a new association as they brought on mobile brand Itel on board for the 2019 edition of the showpiece league. Itel, a mobile manufacturer of low cost mobile devices in the country alluded their partnership to U.P. Yoddha and the sport given the similarities the two shared.
Citing the grassroots levels that the sport touches and upbring players from, Itel spoke at length on how they shared the same ideas of delivering mobile devices packed with advancements at the lowest price to the county. U.P. Yoddha were glad to bring the partner on board, one who they are looking forward to actively working with for PKL 2019 and helping further expand the side’s reach across the country.
U.P. Yoddha Announce Nitish Kumar As Captain
Ensuing the official partnership, the U.P. Yoddha side made the biggest and most awaited announcement of the afternoon with the side revealing that young defender Nitish Kumar had been handed over the mantle of captaincy for the imminent season. The player who had progressed through the Future Kabaddi Heroes before being eventually snared up by U.P. Yoddha’s as part of the New Young Players’ Pool went onto get 100 tackle points in PKL 6.
The momentous figure saw him become the first ever player to enter the fray of 100 tackle points in a single season, surpassing the previous figure of 80 held by Sandeep Nada. The season saw Nitish Kumar being declared as the Best Defender in the league, taking his side all the way to the qualifiers after they scripted an incredible comeback to finish third in Pool B
Speaking on why the side had decided to go in with such a young option for the captaincy role, U.P. Yoddha’s coach Arjun Singh said that they looked as the player as a viable option after his performances in the last instalment. Arjun reaffirmed the side’s commitment to handing over the leadership to players who excel on the mat and said the side were quite pleased with the choice they had made.
U.P. Yoddha’s Look For An Overturn In Monu Goyat’s Form
Another important issue that was touched upon in the interaction was the side’s decision to purchase Monu Goyat for a staggering Rs.93 lakh after a floundering season 6 for him. The player who became the most expensive player in the league in 2018 after being purchased by Haryana Steelers for Rs.1.5 crore was eventually released by the outfit before being purchased by U.P. Yoddha’s for Rs.93 lakh this year.
Arjun Singh the considered the player an important plan of their raiding facet and were looking forward to him turning around his form given the gameplan imbued by U.P. Yoddha. Speaking on the purchase, Singh said, “Iss baa Monu kaafi motivated hai season ke lie, aur puri team bhi motivated hai hai. Iss season team ka performance pichle season ke kaafi acha hoga.”
Other Key Takeaways From The Meet
We also bring you other latest developments and encapsulate the entire interaction with media houses.
Having made their aspirations clear ever since making an advent into PKL, the newest entrants into the land of PKL have made it to two qualifiers on the round. And speaking on the side’s ambitions, Arjun Singh said that the side had covered over the gaping holes present in the side and were confident of making it to the summit clash this time around.
“Defence, offence equal hai hamara, Hamare paas star raiders bhi hai, aur star defenders bhi. Iss waqt koi kami nahi hai hamare team me,” Arjun Singh. “Kabaddi ek team game hai. Ek individual player kisi bhi team ko top of the table yah bottom of the table nahi le ja sakta,” he added.
U.P. Yoddha and Itel also spoke about the importance of further opening the league’s arms to players from the less fortunate regions of Indian and incorporating star performers from all regions. Talking about how the onset of PKL and the government actively working towards the sport has helped the game grow in India, U.P. Yoddha said they are looking at further growing PKL, a league which has already reached the pinnacles of success.