Pune leg for Parle G Indo International Premier Kabaddi League a riveting success
The league had some nail-biting finishes, including the first tie of the league played out between Chennai Challengers and Mumbai Che Raje
The inaugural Pune leg of the Parle G Indo International Premier Kabaddi League (Parle G IIPKL) marked the beginning of a new era for Kabaddi in India. The thrill of pure sport, the excitement, the crowd involvement, created an atmosphere befitting the grand occasion.
The opening ceremony had performances from the likes of Grand Masti star Kainaat Arora and the popular Michael Jackson inspired dance crew MJ5.
The first match witnessed the home team Pune Pride face the Haryana Heros. This was not only the beginning of Parle G IPKL but also the rise of a new hero in the form of Abdul Sheikh who overnight became the star raider of Pune Pride, garnering the most number of raid points in the team. He went on to help the homeside maintain an unbeaten run in the first four matches.
A similar story was scripted by the team from the National Capital as Diler Delhi displayed immense grit and flair enroute to maintain a four-match unbeaten streak. Under the able leadership of Sunil Jaypal, Delhi registered some of the biggest victories of the season.
Superiority was certainly and clearly reflected on the score line as Delhi defeated Chennai Challengers 52-30 and then went onto demolish Mumbai Che-Raje by a score of 56-35. At the moment there is no stopping Delhi and Pune, as they are march on comfortably towards the semi-finals.
Spectators have cherished the dominance of Pune and Delhi. The performance of the team from the small town of Puducherry has also been eye-catching. Their win against the Haryana Heros where they dominated the game in each quarter, and finally defeated their opponents 52-28, made a big statement.
The biggest takeaway from the league so far has been the commitment and the high level of competition that has been seen throughout. The likes of Vipin Malik, Diljeet Singh Chauhan, Arumugam and other experienced players have stood up and performed to their best possible ability.
The rise of new talent like that of Vishal from Bangalore Bulls and Jaskirat Singh from Pune Pride gives new hope to Indian kabaddi and bears testimony of the fact that Parle G IPKL can certainly create a space of its own and ensure a new supply line of players for the national team.
The league also had some nail-biting finishes, including the first tie of the league played out between Chennai Challengers and Mumbai Che Raje. The match ended at 34-34 but it came to the very last minute of the match for that to transpire.
The additional spark in the league apart from the performances has come from the fast nature and unpredictability of the format. The four-quarter system gives ample opportunity to any team which has started off slowly to come back and change the game.
The league will now move to the city of Mysore where the leg is scheduled on May 24 – 29 where 17 matches will be played in order to identify the four semi-finalists. They will then proceed to the final Bengaluru leg of the competition.
The league is being broadcast on DSPORT, MTV and MTV HD+ India’s No 1 Youth Entertainment brand, DD SPORTS, Polimer Music, DD Chandana and Kerala Vision from 8pm onwards.
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