Patna Pirates bank on young talent pool for winning VIVO Pro Kabaddi League Season 8


Sachin and Prashant Kumar Rai are the top picks for
Pirates at players auction for Season 8

NEW DELHI: Pirates known for nurturing kabaddi champions reflected very well during the three-day players auction held between August 29-31. Once again Pirates in their choice of players have opted for a mix of youth and experience.

Pirates have been successful in bringing out the best from young players in past and have been instrumental in giving many champions to the league with their flamboyant style of playing kabaddi. The squad mix again this year promises that Kabbadi will remain as exciting as before even when the teams will be following all Covid Appropriate Protocols during S8 matches.

Sachin (Raider) and Prashanth Kumar Rai (Raider) were top picks from the players’ auction for the Eighth Season of Vivo Pro Kabaddi. The champions in making who will make up the squad include Jang Kun (Left Raider), Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyanesh ( All-Rounder), Sunil (Defender- Right Corner), Sajin Chandrasekar ( All-Rounder), Sourav Gulia (Defender) Guman Singh (Raider), Sandeep (Defender- Left Corner), Shubham Shinde (Defender- Right Corner) and Monu Goyat who is back with Pirates as a champion raider.

As announced earlier, the players retained for Season 8 are Rajveersinh Chavan, Sahil Mann & Mohit (as Raiders), and Neeraj Kumar & Monu (as Defenders). The champions will be nurtured by Arjuna Awardee Kabaddi Coach Shri Ram Mehar Singh.

Marking the formation behind Patna Pirates’ new team for Season 8, Coach Shri Ram Mehar Singh said, “ We have an excellent balance between youth and experience with a good mix of raiders, defenders, and all-rounders. When it comes to raiding Prashant Kumar Rai, Monu Goyat and Jang Kun Lee will bring experience to the squad while raiders like Sachin and Guman Singh will bring youth skills to give our raiding department right edge over the defense of any side”.

He further added “ In defense mix, we already had Neeraj who is one of the best cover defenders in the league, and combined with Sourav Gulia our cover cordons are further strengthened. When it comes to Corners, we have acquired powerful Iranian left corner in Shadaloo, and giving him company in the right corner will be Sunil who had an impressive season 7.”
“Add to the above mix we have an all-rounder in Monu who is useful in any crunch situation and with promising young Sajin in the team, we have two formidable players to bank on any circumstance. So overall we are very satisfied with the team formation and the balance. We promise to our fans that Pirates will look to recreate the magic of seasons 3,4 and 5” he said.

The much-awaited Pro Kabbadi League (PKL) is back after a year’s hiatus owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Patna Pirates, PKL’s most successful team and the only one to defend their title thrice, will play to regain the champion title by clinching India’s most successful sports league yet again

About Patna Pirates:
Patna Pirates is the only team to have reached the playoffs in all 5 seasons of Vivo Pro Kabaddi and consecutively retained the Champions Title in Season 3, Season 4 and Season 5.


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