Seventh season of Pro Kabaddi heads into its business end
With the seventh season of Pro Kabaddi in its last lap, fans are looking forward to more edge-of-the-seat action as the fight for Season 7 championship intensifies in the playoffs pegged as the Toughest Week of the season so far. The top six teams based on overall points will fight it out for the Championship with the top two teams Dabang Delhi KC and Bengal Warriors having automatically qualified for the semi-finals. The remaining four will fight it out in the Eliminators on 14th October.
The first clash will be between defending champions Bengaluru Bulls and UP Yoddha at 7.30pm. followed by U Mumba taking on Haryana Steelers at 8.30pm. The two winners of these Eliminators will progress to the next stage where they take on the big two; Dabang Delhi K.C. and Bengal Warriors in the semi-finals on 16th October.
Ahead of the ‘Toughest Week’, the top 6 teams’ captains spoke about their preparation for the playoffs and finals of Pro Kabaddi Season 7 at EKA TransStadia.
On being table-toppers and making it directly to the semi-finals, Joginder Narwal, Captain, Dabang Delhi K.C. said, “Kabaddi is a game that is loved by all Indians and I know that Dabang Delhi has supporters across India. So I’m sure we will receive a lot of support from our fans even here in Gujarat. The competition is now getting tougher as we head into the ‘Toughest Week’. This is the first time Dabang Delhi has qualified for the semi-finals, we are not under pressure, but it is the team’s and my wish to emerge as the Champions this season.”
Bengal Warriors Captain, Esmaeil Nabibakhsh spoke about the journey and semi-finals match, “The journey of Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 has been incredible, and the team has given their best to make it to the Top 2. We are now preparing for the semi-finals, and are aware that the game will be tough. We began the season on a positive note, and we intend to finish it as Champions.”
Young captain of UP Yoddha, Nitesh Kumar is confident as the team steps into Eliminator 1, he said, “The tough battle begins here, one mistake and we are out. The team has worked and prepared hard to ensure that we give our best against a strong offensive Bengaluru Bulls team. During the league stage, we won both games against Bengaluru Bulls which helps our confidence but this one is going to be the toughest and a win will take us into the Semi-Finals.”
On locking horns with UP Yoddha – Pawan Sehrawat, Captain of the defending champions - Bengaluru Bulls said, “The league stages were tough but it allowed us to study our opponents as we played them more than once. However, now that we are in a knock out situation, we have to play to our strengths. We have a strategy in place against UP Yoddha’s strong defensive squad and we will do our best to ensure we retain the Title.
Speaking on battling it out with Haryana Steelers, Fazel Atrachali, Captain, U Mumba said, “During the league stage, if we lose one match, we know we have a chance to go back and work on our mistakes to improve. Tomorrow’s match is a Do-or-Die situation, if we lose, our season is over and we go back home. Haryana is a strong team and they too will come with a plan to limit us but as a team we are confident and are taking one step at a time. We will give our 100% and aim to win the match.”
Haryana Steelers, Captain, Dharmaraj Cheralathan shared his thoughts on the clash against Haryana Steelers, “We have had a good league stage, the team has performed well and built on their strengths, which brings a good balance to our team. We are focused on our match against U Mumba and have won a match and lost the other one against them. So, for the Eliminator we will be looking to execute a strategy based on our learnings from the previous games of this season. As a team, our ultimate aim is to emerge as champions of Season 7.”