The soft-spoken youngster topped all the raiding charts, leaving spectators in awe. In fact, he managed to outscore an opposition team (Haryana Steelers) in one of the Super Playoffs matches last year. The raiding sensation believes the franchise has assembled a squad which will help it win the title for the fourth time running.
“Every team that competes has got an eye on us. We are well prepared to clinch the title for a fourth time in a row. Despite missing out on a lead raider in Monu Goyat, we are working on different combinations that will help us come up trumps again,” said Pardeep during an exclusive interaction with DT Next.
Bengal Warriors missed out on the title clash by a whisker, losing a close contest to the Pirates in Qualifier 2. Despite finishing on top of Zone B, the Warriors failed to muster a win in the Playoffs stage. Skipper Surjeet Singh stated his team is charged up for the upcoming season, in which it aims to better its previous performances. “In Pro Kabaddi 2017, there were certain weaknesses in the team. We could not play to the best of our abilities, but we managed to make it to the Super Playoffs. We have focussed a lot on pre-season. We have learnt from our mistakes and our team is all set to go one step further at least.”
Fazel Atrachali will lead the line for a completely revamped U Mumba side. The Iranian defender was purchased for a whopping price of Rs 1 Cr, making him the only foreign player to breach the one crore-mark. Experienced campaigner Dharmaraj Cheralathan will be his deputy. Cheralathan opined the acquisition of the Iranians will only better the team’s winning chances. “We have got a strong foreign contingent, including the coach. Two of the three (Iranian) players are expected to start in the seven. With their presence, I am sure we can bring in a winning mentality within our squad.”
Jaipur Pink Panthers captain Anup Kumar asserted young guns from his new franchise will catch the eye in Pro Kabaddi Season 6. “I am first of all happy to be part of JPP, looking forward to the new season. We are confident of sealing a spot in the Super Playoffs. Apart from the senior players, we have got two upcoming heroes in our team who will impress you all in this edition,” he said.