The fun is back as Kabaddi is back. The Pro Kabaddi League season 7 is back and has become bigger. The round-robin phase this time will feature every side playing twice against every other side. The start slated for July 20 can’t be any better and bigger.
The opening match will put Telugu Titans and U Mumba. This will be the first of the 11-match Hyderabad leg. Here’s a takedown on this opening fixture.
Telugu Titans Preview
It was an eventful summer for the Titans. Talisman and star rider Rahul Chaudhary has been released. The ‘Raid Machine’ has been replaced by last season riding sensation Siddharth Desai for a staggering INR 1.45 crore. However, the Titans still do not have a strong second raider.
What gives strength to the Titans is its really strong defensive unit. Right corner defender and captain Abozar Mighani is expected to forge a great partnership with Vishal Bharadwaj. With Farhan and Arun rounding off the unit, the Titans look a better unit. It could come down to how well Siddharth keeps his form and how well the second raider supports him.
U Mumba Preview
The Mumbai side has always been a strong defensive unit, so expect this game to be a tight encounter. Captain Fazel Atrachali will once again be the star of their defensive show. WIth ‘The Beast’ Sandeep Narwal adding his all-round weight, expect U Mumba to keep it very tight at the back.
However, U Mumba could struggle in the raiding department. Rohit Baliyan and Athul MS are set to lead the attack. All eyes will be on the promising youngster Abhishek Singh, but it remains to be seen how well the raiders can complement their defensive strengths.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Siddharth Desai has had a great debut last season for U Mumba. Scoring raid points in tonnes, he led their attack single-handedly. In the opposition camp now, Siddharth will look to prove a point to his former employers.
Sandeep Narwal is one of the most exciting all-rounder in the league. With Mumbai not choosing a proper second raider, he could be expected to add vital points to his team’s cause.
Fazel Atrachali has been one of the best defenders the league has seen. The Mumbai Captain is once again expected to lead the show from the back for U Mumba.
Telugu Titans: 1 Vishal Bharadwaj 2 Abozar Mighani 3 Siddharth Desai 4 Armaan 5 Farhan Milaghardhan 6 C Arun 7 Suraj Desai
U Mumba: 1 Fazel Atrachali 2 Sandeep Narwal 3 Surender Singh 4 Young Chang Ko 5 Rohit Baliyan 6 Athul MS 7 Abhishek Singh
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