Although Dabang Delhi lost the final against Bengal Warriors, their raider Naveen Kumar was chosen as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the season. Coach Krishan Kumar Hooda expressed that being the MVP is a reward for the youngster’s hard work and determination in the entire season.
Naveen Kumar was seen crying after the finishing on the losing side in the PKL final against Bengal Warriors. However, there was some joy for him and the Delhi fans as the 19-year-old was awarded as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the season. Naveen ended up with 22 super 10s and 301 total raid points in the season. Dabang Delhi coach Krishan Kumar Hooda heaped praise on the young man and said that his hard work and determination paid off in the form of the award.
“I am very happy for him because it’s the perfect reward for his hard work and determination over the past few months. More than the money and the award, I think what matters most is the distinction of being known as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the league. There’s a best raider and defender award as well but (Naveen) won the MVP award, which is the most prized. So, I would like to congratulate him,” Hooda expressed during the press conference.
After dominating the initial passage of play and inflicting an all-out, Delhi lost their way. Some poor show in the defence, especially by the three experienced campaigners, didn’t help their cause last evening. Hooda blamed the poor performance in the defence as the major reason behind the loss against the Warriors in the summit clash on Saturday.
“I don’t think the defence played well tonight. Our defence made quite a few errors. We had a big lead after the first few minutes when the score was 11-3. But our defence handed Bengal Warriors the lead after that and our raiders didn’t play very sensibly either. We should have been more aware; when it came to the third raid for instance,” the Delhi coach signed off.