UP Yoddha is a Lucknow based franchise owned by the GMR group and one of the four new teams that have been included in the fifth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League. The team have the best raiders in its ranks, who could single-handedly help the team make an impact in their debut season.
UP Yoddha have been placed in Zone B and will compete against teams like Telugu Titans, Bengaluru Bulls, Tamil Thalaivas, Patna Pirates, U Mumba, and Bengal Warriors. Nitin Tomar has been named the captain of the team and is expected to lead the debutants to the playoffs, at least.
UP at the 2017 PKL auction
The GMR owned franchise went all out at this year's auction, spending big to buy the most popular names in the league. UP bagged the services of local boy Nitin Tomar at a whopping Rs 93 lakhs, making him the costliest player in the history of the
Squad for PKL Season V
Raiders: Nitin Tomar, Ajvender Singh, Gulveer Singh, Mahesh Goud, Rishank Devadiga, Sulieman Kabir, Surender Singh
Defenders: Gurvinder Singh, Hadi Tajik, Jeeva Kumar, Nitesh Kumar, Rohit Kumar, Sanoj Kumar, Santhosh B.S
All-rounders: Pankaj, Rajesh Narwal, Sagar Krishna, Sunil
Rajesh Narwal: The experienced all-rounder helped Jaipur Pink Panthers win the inaugural season of the league by both raiding opponents and utilising his defensive abilities against them. The 27-year old led the Pink Panthers to the final in the last season of PKL and has a total of 350 points to his name from the 60 matches he has played so far. Apart from his consistent performance in the league, Narwal has only received 8 green cards in his whole
Rishank Devadiga: The 23-year old has been a familiar name in the
Jeeva Kumar: The 36-year old
The UP Yoddha franchise
The team will be mentored and coached by Udaya Kumar, a Dronacharya award winner, who led the Indian team to gold medals at the both the 2002 Asian Games and the 2006 Asian Games. Kumar has been coaching Telugu Titans in the PKL for three seasons and led the team to a 3rd place finish in season 3 and the playoffs in season 4. Kumar believes in a fast-paced and aggressive game and with a strong raiding unit, the team promises to put up a great show in the fifth edition of the league.
The biggest weakness of the team will be its
Moreover, being a completely new unit, the team might struggle to find the winning combination at the start of their campaign and will have to quickly adapt to whatever proves beneficial for them.
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1st August 21:00 Telugu Titans vs UP Yoddha
5th August 21:00 Bengaluru Bulls vs UP Yoddha
6th August 20:00 Bengal Warriors vs UP Yoddha
12th August 20:00 Telugu Titans vs UP Yoddha
13th August 20:00 Patna Pirates vs UP Yoddha
18th August 20:00 UP Yoddha vs U Mumba
19th August 21:00 UP Yoddha vs Haryana Steelers
20th August 21:00 UP Yoddha vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
22nd August 21:00 UP Yoddha vs Bengal Warriors
23rd August 21:00 UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalivas
24th August 20:00 UP Yoddha vs Telugu Titans
29th August 21:00 Bengaluru Bulls vs UP Yoddha
2nd September 21:00 Bengal Warriors vs UP Yoddha
8th September 21:00 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs UP Yoddha
13th September 20:00 Tamil Thaliavas vs UP Yoddha
16th September 21:00 Patna Pirates vs UP Yoddha
21st September 21:00 Patna Pirates vs UP Yoddha
27th September 21:00 Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha
30th September 20:00 Puneri Paltan vs UP Yoddha
4th October 21:00 Tamil Thalivas vs UP Yoddha
15th October 20:00 Bengaluru Bulls vs UP Yoddha
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