PKL 2019 | Have given players license to play with free mind, says Jagdish Kumble
Jagdish Kumble has revealed that they have given the Telugu Titans players the license to express themselves with a free mind on the playing field. Titans defeated the home team Jaipur Pink Panthers 51-31 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium yesterday to register only their fifth win this year.
The 20-point win, which lifted the Titans’ score difference to -39, came courtesy of ‘Baahubali’ Siddharth Desai’s mammoth 22-raid point performance. It was their first win in six encounters. Kumble reckons that with this win, their raiders and defenders have settled into a comfortable rhythm to perform well in the upcoming matches.
“There have been times earlier when the defence got us points but not the raiders and also vice versa. But our team is playing well now. The defence is also well set. Siddharth Desai is getting good support in raiding. We have told the players to play with a free mind and I hope they continue to play this way,” Kumble was quoted saying by Pro Kabaddi’s official website.
“Our plan today was that the second raider has to support Siddharth well. We took the strengths and weaknesses of the opposite team into account before selecting the team today. And things worked out in our favour,” Kumble added.
Meanwhile, head coach Gholamreza Mazandarani feels that there is less pressure on each player now that they’ve all got their chances.
“We have given all the players chances now and we know how they play. Now there is less pressure on the players. They are playing their natural game. I think the fact that this was Jaipur Pink Panthers’ last home game also favoured us. They had already played a lot this week so our chances got better,” Mazandarani said.