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Team Puneri Paltan all set for the Pro Kabaddi Season 5

Deepak Hooda and few key players, along with the team management and sponsors, unveiled the new jersey for season 5 on Wednesday.

pune Updated: Jul 15, 2017 15:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Team Puneri Paltan’s new jersey for Pro kabaddi season 5 being unveiled during a press conference.(HT PHOTO)

Puneri Paltan, one of the top performing teams in Pro Kabaddi League, confirmed Deepak Hooda as captain for the upcoming season. Known as the ‘Raiding Machine’, Deepak has been associated with the team since Season 3. Post this announcement, Deepak Hooda and few key players, along with the team management and sponsors, unveiled the new jersey for season 5 on Wednesday .

Speaking on the occasion, Kailash Kandpal, CEO Puneri Paltan said, “We have a lot of talented players in the team for this season. Our team is an amalgamation of both experience and talent. This season looks very promising for us and we hope to win the title. We as Puneri Paltan, are committed towards Kabaddi as a sport and intend to promote it right from the grass root level.”

Commenting on the announcement, Deepak Hooda said “I am extremely humbled to be appointed as captain. I am grateful to the management for having faith in me. We are putting in lot of efforts to train and build our team. Our head coach is very insightful and guides us at each and every step. With this new team and continuous guidance from our head coach and mentor, we are pretty confident that we will give our best in this season.”

Puneri Paltan is one of the key teams in the Pro Kabaddi League and finished in the top four in the last two seasons. This year the team has gone through a massive transformation and retained Deepak Hooda the only player, from the last season. It is a perfect blend of experience and young talent. Veteran players like Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Rajesh Mondal and star young players like Sandeep Narwal, Deepak Hooda, and Girish Ernak add to the strength of the team. They also have two international players – Takamitsu Kono and Ziaur Rahman.

The Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 will begin from July 28 and Puneri Paltan will be playing its first match with U Mumba on the same day in Hyderabad.

Women’s league will also get popular

There has been talks about having a Pro Kabaddi Women’s League for couple of years. When asked about it, Khandpal said, “We haven’t been informed about it. But if they plan to have such league we might give it a try. Normally it has been observed that women’s event don’t get much attention but in Pro Kabaddi, I am sure that women’s event will get a huge popularity.”

Team Puneri Paltan

Raiders – Akshay Jadhav, Monu, GB More, Rajesh Mondal, Rohit Kumar Choudary, Suresh Kumar, Umesh Mhatre.

Defender – (Right Cover) Ravi Kumar, Vikash Khatri (Right-Left Corner) Dharmaraj

Cheralathan, (Left Cover) Ziaur Rahman, (Left Corner) Girish, Maruti Ernak, Rinku

All Rounder – Ajay, Deepak Hooda, Narender Hooda, Sandeep Narwal, Takamitsu Kono

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 16:46 IST