The fortunes of Dabang Delhi are very similar to those of the Delhi Daredevils. In every season, they tried to feature strong and experienced faces but flattered to deceive. Now, with that baggage, they are gearing up for the 2017 Pro Kabaddi League.
The stage is all set for the fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League and all the teams are ready for the challenge. A total of 12 teams will take part in this 3-month long tournament with Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat Fortune Giants, Haryana Steelers and UP Yoddha participating for the first time.
Last season finish:
This year, Delhi based franchise Dabang Delhi would not want to repeat last year's misery as they finished last. In 2016, they played 14 matches and were able to win only one. They will be hoping for at least a good start this time around when they kick-start their campaign on July 29 against Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Delhi at the 2017 PKL auction:
In the player auction for the fifth edition of PKL, Radha Kapoor, the owner of the Dabang Delhi splashed out INR 213.3 lakhs to buy eight players. The team paid Rs. 44.5 lakh for Maharashtra born defender Bajirao
Nick Name: The Eagles
Squad for PKL Season V:
Raiders: Abolfazl Maghsodlou, Anand Patil, R. Sriram, Ravi Dalal, Rohit Baliyan, Shubham Ashok Palkar,
Defender Right Cover: Bajirao
Defender Left Cover: Viraj Vishnu Landge, Sunil
All Rounders: Chethan S, Meraj Sheykh (C), Rupesh Tomar, Tapas Pal, Vishal, Yatharth
Meraj Sheykh - Dabang Delhi retained the Iranian all-rounder as a captain this season. The inspiration behind Iran's run to the final of the Kabaddi World Cup, he will bring a whole lot of experience into the side, and Delhi will be served well by structuring the team around him.
The Head Coach of Dabang Delhi KC, Ramesh Bhendigiri was all praise for his captain, saying, “Meraj
Bajirao Hodage - Dabang Delhi paid a big amount for his services this season. The defender played a crucial role in Patna Pirates’ victory last season. Delhi team would be hoping for a similar kind of effort from the 35-year old defender.
Dabang Delhi showed their desire to win this season trophy by retaining their captain, Meraj. This time, a completely new composition of new and young players should help the team perform better. Nilesh Shinde and Bajirao
There is no doubt that, on paper and on their day, the Eagles can push other teams right to the edge, but they have completely proven themselves to be paper tigers last year. They failed to convert their strengths into points, and that saw them end the season in last place. They have to learn from their previous performances and avoid errors in order to turn things around this season.
You can watch the live stream here:
July 29. 16:30 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi
August 01. 16:30 Gujarat FortuneGiants vs Dabang Delhi
August 04. 17:30 Puneri Paltan vs Dabang Delhi
August 05. 16:30 U Mumba vs Dabang Delhi
August 12. 17:30 Gujarat FortuneGiants vs Dabang Delhi
August 17. 16:30 Dabang Delhi vs Tamil Thalaivas
August 23. 16:30 Haryana Steelers vs Dabang Delhi
August 27. 17:30 U Mumba vs Dabang Delhi
September 06. 16:30 Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls
September 07. 17:30 Bengal Warriors vs Dabang Delhi
September 12. 17:30 Haryana Steelers vs Dabang Delhi
September 17. 16:30 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi
September 22. 16:30 Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba
September 23. 17:30 Dabang Delhi vs Puneri Paltan
September 24. 17:30 Dabang Delhi vs Haryana Steelers
September 26. 17:30 Dabang Delhi vs Patna Pirates
September 27. 17:30 Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha
September 28. 17:30 Dabang Delhi vs Telugu Titans
October 03. 16:30 Dabang Delhi vs Gujarat FortuneGiants
October 10. 17:30 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi
October 15. 17:30 Puneri Paltan vs Dabang Delhi
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