Jaipur Pink Panthers: 8.3% of winning a major league in any sport is a minute advantage. The Pro Kabaddi League has risen to levels where to feature in the top 4, the teams have to play out of their skins. One such unit has done exceptionally well in this contest of the elites. The Jaipur Pink Panthers. After winning the first season, the Panthers had a dip in form in the next two seasons, only to find themselves competing for the trophy in the previous edition, eventually finishing second best.
The team has had some remarkable players taking the court for them. This season they have the all-rounder Manjeet Chhillar leading them. The flamboyant smasher was acquired by the Pink Panthers on the first day of the auction and will also have raider Jasvir Singh back in their line-up.
(*PKL) Jaipur Pink Panthers Squad & Schedule – Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Season 5
PKL Jaipur Pink Panthers Previous Seasons:
1st Season- Champions 2nd Season- 5th place 3rd Season- 6th place 4th Season- Runners-up
Jaipur Pink Panthers Squad
DEFENDERS – Jae Min Lee, Manoj Dhull, Navneet Gautam, Ravinder Kumar, Somvir Shekhar, Vignesh B.
RAIDERS – Ajit Singh, Kamal Kishor, Jasvir Singh, Selvamani K, Pawan Kumar Kadian, Tushar Patil, Sunil Siddhgavali, Rahul Choudhary.
ALL ROUNDERS – Manjeet Chhillar, Dong Gyu Kim, Santhapanaselvam, Siddharth, Abhishek N.
PANTHERS AT THE AUCTION:
The Jaipur Pink Panthers acquired some of the finest Kabaddi professionals and will walk into the tournaments as one of the favourites. Manjeet Chhillar was pounced upon, on the very first opportunity. 75.5 lakh rupees were spent on this world class athlete. His dexterity and power both are at their mightiest when he takes that rectangular mat. The franchise had an option to retain a player from their last campaign, but they decided to not opt for one. Selvamani K was sold to the Panthers for a weighty 73 lakh rupees. The raider has troubled defences and his contribution to this unit is going to be pivotal in their quest for the title.
The Pink Panthers were successful in re-signing Jasvir Singh for 51 lakhs. The experienced raider will assuredly be a player to watch out for. The squad wants titles and after getting so close to winning their second title in the 4th season, the Panthers will want to better their stats and a trophy in their cabinet will be the icing on an illustrious cake. Defenders Navneet Gautam and Somvir Shekhar were also impressive buys. The former was bought for 24 lakhs while the later was added to the squad for a little over 4.5 million.
PKL Jaipur Pink Panthers STATS:
TEAM STATS: PLAYED 60, WON 31, LOST 24, DREW 5.
TOTAL RAIDS 2479, SUCCESSFUL RAIDS 805, UNSUCCESSFUL RAIDS 568, EMPTY RAIDS 1106, SUCCESSFUL RAID RATE: 32%.
SUPER TACKLES 62, SUCCESSFUL TACKLES 502, UNSUCCESSFUL TACKLES 789, SUCCESSFUL TACKLE RATE: 39%.
Jaipur Pink Panthers SCHEDULE PKL 5:
July 29 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs DELHI at HYDERABAD
Aug 10 PUNERI PALTAN vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at BENGALURU
Aug 13 GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at AHMEDABAD
Aug 18 BENGALURU BULLS vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at LUCKNOW
Aug 20 UP YODDHA vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at LUCKNOW
Aug 25 UMUMBA vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at MUMBAI
Aug 31 UMUMBA vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at MUMBAI
Sep 3 GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at KOLKATA
Sep 5 PATNA PIRATES vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at KOLKATA
Sep 14 HARYANA STEELERS vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at HARYANA
Sep 17 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs DABANG DELHI at RANCHI
Sep 21 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs HARYANA STEELERS at RANCHI
Sep 27 TELUGU TITANS vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at DELHI
Sep 30 TAMIL THALAIVAS vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at CHENNAI
Oct 1 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs BENGALURU at CHENNAI
Oct 6 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS at JAIPUR
Oct 7 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs UMUMBA at JAIPUR
Oct 8 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs PUNERI PALTAN at JAIPUR
Oct 10 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs DABANG DELHI at JAIPUR
Oct 11 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS vs HARYANA STEELERS at JAIPUR
Oct 18 PUNERI PALTAN vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at PUNE