Patna Pirates : The Pro Kabaddi league is into its 5th edition and this Kabaddi grandeur is all set to kick off on the 28th of July. 12 teams will be participating in the mightiest Kabaddi league in the world- 4 more than the previous editions. The league will be played for over 13 weeks, the biggest of its kind in the history of Indian sports. Over 130 games will be played across the 12 cities in India, making the quest for the silverware sterner.
Patna Pirates have been the most successful team in the league, winning the trophy twice. Let's have a look at the defending champions.
PKL Patna Pirates Previous Seasons:
1st season: 3rd place
2nd season: 4th place
3rd season: Champions
4th season: Champions
(PKL) Patna Pirates Squad & Schedule - Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Season 5
Patna Pirates Squad
THE SQUAD: DEFENDERS: Jaideep, Manish Kumar, Satish, Sandeep, Sachin Shinghade, Vishal Mane, Virender Singh.
RAIDERS: Jawahar, Monu Goyat, Mohammad Zakir Hosaain,
Pradeep Narwal, Vikas Jaglan, Vishnu Uthaman, Vijay, Vinod Kumar.
ALL-ROUNDERS: Arvind Kumar, Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Parveen Birwal.
PATNA AT THE AUCTIONS:
The auctions were held in the month of May 2017. Rs 46.99 crores were spent by the 12 franchises and the auction saw over 400 players go under the hammer. The franchise from Bihar retained the 20-year-old defender Pradeep Narwal. Monu Goyat the 24-year-old raider was bought for a 44.5 lakhs.
The Pirates wanted to tighten their defence walking into the league and their intentions were crystal clear right from the word go. Money was spent ponderously to acquire some quality defenders. Jaideep was bought for a whopping 50 lakhs, Sachin Shingade, the 29-year-old defender was purchased for 42.5 lakhs and the ever reliable Vishal Mane was obtained for 36.5 lakhs. The Iranian defender Mohammad Maghsoudlou was also added to the squad. He was bought for 8 lakhs. Defenders Virender Singh, Sandeep and Manish Kumar were also acquired by the pirates for 12.2, 17.8 and 12 lakhs respectively.
Patna Pirates Stats From The Past
Played : 64 Won : 39 Lost : 20 Drew : 5
Total Raids 2734, Successful Raids 882, Unsuccessful Raids 574, Empty Raids 1278, Successful Raid Rate: 32%.
Super Tackles 63, Successful Tackles 596, Unsuccessful Tackles 897, Successful Tackle Rate: 40%.
Patna Pirates Schedule Pro Kabaddi season 5:
July 29 TELUGU TITANS vs PATNA PIRATES at HYDERABAD
Aug 3 TELUGU TITANS vs PATNA PIRATES at HYDERABAD
Aug 6 BENGALURU vs PATNA PIRATES at NAGPUR
Aug 13 PATNA PIRATES vs UP YODDHA at AHMEDABAD
Aug 20 PATNA PIRATES vs PUNERI PALTAN at LUCKNOW
Aug 25 BENGAL WARRIORS at MUMBAI
Aug 26 PATNA PIRATES vs TAMIL THALAIVAS at MUMBAI
Sep 1 BENGAL WARRIORS vs PATNA PIRATES at KOLKATA
Sep 5 PATNA PIRATES vs JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS at KOLKATA
Sep 8 HARYANA STEELERS vs PATNA PIRATES at SONEPAT
Sep 9 PATNA PIRATES vs UMUMBA at SONEPAT
Sep 15 PATNA PIRATES vs TELUGU TITANS at RANCHI
Sep 16 PATNA PIRATES vs UP YODDHA at RANCHI
Sep 17 PATNA PIRATES vs BENGAL WARRIORS at RANCHI
Sep 19 PATNA PIRATES vs BENGALURU BULLS at RANCHI
Sep 20 PATNA PIRATES vs TAMIL THALAIVAS at RANCHI
Sep 21 PATNA PIRATES vs UP YODDHA at RANCHI
Sep 26 DABANG DELHI vs PATNA PIRATES at DELHI
Sep 29 GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS vs PATNA PIRATES at CHENNAI
Oct 14 TAMIL THALAIVAS vs PATNA PIRATES at PUNE
Oct 18 PATNA PIRATES vs BENGALURU BULLS at PUNE
The Patna Pirates have a daunting task ahead to defend their title for the second consecutive year. Also, this time they have 4 new contenders who’re in all readiness to fight for the coveted title. The squad looks finely balanced and a lot depends on the champion raider Pradeep Narwal who was ranked 3rd on the raiders list with 100 points in the 4th season.
Will the heavy investment on the defenders pay dividends? Can this lot of youth and experience clinch a hattrick of titles?