The opening game on Wednesday would see 2 struggling sides Gujarat Giants and Puneri Paltan lock horns. Puneri Paltan are at the bottom of the table with just 1 win in 5 games, while Gujarat Giants, also with just 1 win, have 2 ties as well to their name which sees them at the 9th spot. This will be a crucial game for either side as they look to climb up among the contenders.
Puneri Paltan is at the bottom of the charts, thanks to the absence of a player who could stitch the team together with this experience. And, surprisingly Nitin Tomar has remained absent in the playing 7 for a reason, best known to the management. While there’s no credible information on why he’s not playing, we are putting him out of today’s team combination. The team also missed their impact player Rahul Chaudhari in the previous match, who already has crossed the milestone of 1000 points in Pro Kabaddi League. His presence along with other key players Pawan Kadian and Vishal Bharadwaj would try hard to put up a good show in this match.
Gujarat Giants saw an unexpected turn of events when they lost their last match against Haryana Steelers, which is attributed to a lack of teamwork. And, they would like to bounce back in this match, with the star players like raider Rakesh Narwal, all-rounder Rakesh (19 points in the last match), and defender Ravinder Pahal going for a kill.
Mohit Goyat: Mohit Goyat has taken up the lead role in the absence of the star raiders in the side and the youngster has done a fine job. He has 18 raid points to his name and will look to put in a fine show tonight.
Aslam Inamdar: In the absence of Tomar and the failure of Rahul to put up solid performances, Inamdar has stepped up and is delivering the goods for Puneri Paltan. The all-rounder has scored 23 raid points, while he has accumulated 6 tackle points. He will hold the key in this game.
Rakesh Sangroya: Sangroya is a fine all-round talent and was superb in the last game, where he delivered 19 raid points. He will look to replicate that form and could be in for another big haul.
Ravinder Pahal: Pahal has been a part of PKL for a long time and would be hoping to use his experience. He has had a bit of a hit-and-miss season and has registered 9 successful tackles, including 4 in the last game. He will be a key player in defense for the Giants.
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