The first match will see Dabang Delhi K.C. take on a young look Gujarat Fortunegiants in a battle of youth against experience.
Head-to-head: Dabang Delhi K.C. 0 – 3 Gujarat Fortunegiants
A new look Dabang Delhi K.C. will want to take Gujarat Fortunegiants head on in the first game of their season. They have a strong defence led by captain Joginder Narwal to combat a Gujarat side that boasted of one of the best defences in the game last season.
Chandran Ranjit will be playing against his Season 5 team for the first time and will want to use his knowledge of their gameplay to his advantage when he takes the mat against them. In the raiding department, Shabeer Bappu is yet to open his account against the Fortunegiants while Meraj Sheykh and Pawan Kumar Kadian, too, have scored just 7 and 11 raid points respectively against them. Having tons of experience to back them up, the unit will want to come out firing in an attempt to catch a young Gujarat team off-guard.
The Delhi defence quartet of Joginder Narwal, Vishal Mane, Ravinder Pahal and Viraj Vishnu Landge have a combined 425 tackle points amongst themselves while Gujarat’s Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Hadi Oshtorak and Sachin Vittala have just 165 tackle points between them, which gives the experienced Delhi defence a huge edge.
The Fortunegiants, though, rely more on the raw energy and surprise element that the youth bring which has prompted them to go with a number of young, relatively unseen players. While previous season’s Sachin, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput and Rohit Gulia still form the backbone of the offence, the addition of the 11th most successful raider of Season 5, K. Prapanjan and Do-or-Die specialist Dong Geon Lee gives the attack a good variety. Young captain Sunil Kumar, too, has a lot to prove and there is nothing like a victory to show how effective he can be as a leader.
Clash of the Titans
Sachin Tanwar vs Ravinder Pahal
Gujarat’s most successful raider of Season 5, Sachin, will be the team’s key to victory against Dabang Delhi K.C. However, an experienced defender like Ravinder Pahal standing in the Right Corner will definitely have a plan against the youngster. The winner of this battle may well decide the fate of the entire match.
Key Players on the Mat
Delhi captain Joginder Narwal has years of experience under his belt but will want to improve his VIVO Pro Kabaddi record of 77 points from 38 matches. A stint as skipper of the Delhi team will surely give him the opportunity he needs to flourish.
One of the most impressive additions to the Gujarat Fortunegiants team, Prapanjan will have a completely young attack to accompany him which will showcase how capable he is of leading a relatively inexperienced attack.
Gujarat Fortunegiants to beat Dabang Delhi KC