The eight season of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi has been up and running since December 22 and we could not have asked for anything better. There has been a lot of entertainment, action and some very thrilling games that has kept the fans at the edge of their seats. There have been some seriously close games and some memorable encounters and the league has shown why it is gaining so much popularity and is being considered as one of the best sporting leagues in the World and not just India.
However, the games are being held without the fans due to covid issues and that might have taken a little bit of charm from the tournament. But the action, the games, the intensity, the stars on show have all made it a grand event and we are just a week into the tournament but there has been so much excitement around the league and the fans just can’t seem to enough of it.
Now that we have seen all of the teams in action and how well they have played and the form of some of the players, how they fit into their respective franchises etc, let us now look at the favourites to win this year’s Vivo Pro Kabaddi League.
Bengal Warriors – Whenever you start with any favourites list, the first name that always comes up are the champions of the previous edition. It is because they are champions for a reason and no one is more hungry for another win than a serial winner. This is how it is and this is how it will always be.
However since they last won the championship, they have only retained two of their initial members of the championship squad but they have made some great acquisitions by signing some of the biggest names in the game. They undoubtedly have one of the best raiding units amongst all teams in the current season.
They have some big names like Maninder Singh who is one of India’s best raiders, former UP Yoddha skipper Rishank Devadiga and other big names like Sukesh Hegde and there is the new signing Sumit Singh who is also another superstar. To go along with their super attack, they also have a super defensive line up and have one of the best defenders in the league’s history in Abozar Mighani and Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh who played a huge role when they last lifted the trophy. Bengal Warriors are undoubtedly one of the best sides in the tournament.
Patna Pirates – One of the most successful teams in the tournament, Patna Pirates have been there and done it all. They have already won the tournament thrice and are setting their sights on their fourth championship. And with the way that they have been playing, it is hard to rule them out from the potential favourites’ list.
They also have a very destructive raid attack. They have some of the biggest raiders in the game like Jang Kun Lee, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Monu Goyat, Sachin Tanwar, and Guman Singh. Out of these players three of them have led the raids of their previous franchises in the past. So one can only imagine how experienced, destructible and potent this attack is.
And why they are one of the favourites to win the season.
Bengaluru Bulls – After a week into the tournament, the Bengaluru Bulls are at the top of the points table with 23 points from their 6 games. They have looked very dangerous while raiding and have also been very good at defending. Bengaluru Bulls have won a championship in the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League so they know what needs to be done and how to go about your business in order to lock in a championship.
They are being led superbly by captain Pawan Sehrawat and are being terrifically coached by Randhir Singh. Their captain led them to a huge win all by himself over the Puneri Paltan. We know it has only been a week into the tournament but the Bengaluru Bulls certainly look like the team to beat.
Dabang Delhi – As the name suggests, Delhi have been too Dabang and have played quite fearlessly and tactically. Their defence looks compact, their raiders are looking sharp and they look quite good to go. They have a great leader in captain Joinder Sign Narwal. They are currently positioned at the second spot in the points table with 21 points in 5 games and have a game in hand as opposed to the table toppers Bengaluru Bulls. They could be the huge surprise package this year and maybe go onto lift the trophy.
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