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Pro Kabaddi | Patna Pirates probable 7 and schedule for PKL 2021

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Pro Kabaddi | Patna Pirates probable 7 and schedule for PKL 2021

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SportsCafe Desk

12/22/2021

Patna Pirates are the most successful side in the Pro Kabaddi League and have three titles to their name, along with two other playoff finishes. Only twice have they not managed to be in the knockouts of the tournament, and it will be interesting to see how they will fare without Pardeep Narwal.

What happened in 2019

It was a season filled with disappointments for Team Patna. They finished a lowly eighth on the points table with just eight wins under their belt. Pardeep Narwal was a hit again, and scored over 300 points, but could not do much to take them to the next round. The matches that they lost weren't close either, which suggests that the team failed collectively. 

Auctions 2021

Coach Ram Mehar Singh let go the main man -- Pardeep, over the latter's insistence, as per certain reports. The likes of Neeraj Kumar, Monu, Mohit, Rajveersinh Chavan, Sahil Mann were retained by the team. They invested heavily in raider Sachin (84L), and Prashant Kumar Rai (55L).

Expectations

Despite the lack of star power, they seem to have a team that will give them the wins. There are certain upcoming players on the team, and the coach will try to get the best out of them. Even though they do not look the strongest on paper, Pirates is one team that the opponents should be wary of. They are certainly contenders to book a place in the playoffs. South Korean veteran Jang Kun Lee has opted out of the tournament, and Patna will have to find a suitable replacement for him soon. 

Probable 7

Prashanth Kumar Rai (Raider)

Sachin Tanwar (Raider)

Monu Goyat (Raider)

Sandeep (Left Cover)

Neeraj Kumar (Right Cover)

Mohammadreza Shadloui (Left Corner)

Shubham Shinde (Right Corner)

Schedule

Haryana Steelers - 23 December

UP Yoddha - 25 December

Puneri Paltan - 28 December

Bengal Warriors - 31 December

Telugu Titans - 3 January

Tamil Thalaivas - 6 January

Gujarat Giants - 8 January

U Mumba - 11 January

Jaipur Pink Panthers - 14 January

Bengaluru Bulls - 16 January

Dabang Delhi KC - 18 January

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