Bengaluru Bulls coach Randhir Singh has stated that kabaddi is a sport where one has to be decisive in making the decisions quickly. Gujarat Fortunegiants coach Manpreet Singh, on the other hand, has mentioned that many think kabaddi to be a physical sport but it is actually a game of the mind.
Bengaluru Bulls have made it to the playoffs and with the kind of form Pawan Sehrawat is in, the defending champions are one of the favourites to lift the title now. In their last few games, the Randhir Singh-coached side has made some changes by excluding players like Rohit Kumar and Mahender Singh from the starting 7. Pawan is leading the side in the absence of Rohit while Ajay and Ankit are the two cover defenders for the Bulls towards the closing stages of the league phase.
Coach Randhir has spoken about the importance of strategising things and making decisions quickly in kabaddi.
"You have to be decisive in your decision making. You can't delay your decision as a split second can be the difference between success and failure, no matter how good your skills are. Indecisiveness has no place in kabaddi and a sound strategy is the only way to avoid that," Randhir was quoted as saying by the PKL website.
Randhir also highlighted the importance of having raiders for different situations in the team and talked about the different raiding situations in the game.
"Raiding against a five-man defence is the toughest prospect in kabaddi, followed by a four-man defence. Raiding against a six-man or a seven-man defence is comparatively easier because the bonus is available," explained the Bulls coach.
"We work on how to raid in different situations. We have specialist raiders for every situation."
The coach of the last year’s runners-up team Gujarat Fortunegiants is one of the most animated coaches in the league. Manpreet Singh, the chief coach of the Fortunegiants is mostly accompanied by assistant coach Neer Gulia is making strategies for the team. Manpreet has said that kabaddi is completely a game of the mind and not a physical sport like many believe it to be.
"Kabaddi looks mostly physical, but it's actually entirely a game of the mind. As a coach, I have to understand the strategies of my opponents as early as I can. On the mat, it's very important for coaches to educate the players and make the team aware of what the opposition is up to since we have an outside view of the game," stated Manpreet.