PKL 2018: Tamil Thalaivas hopes for a winning start

After an unimpressive home run in the previous season of Pro-Kabaddi League, Tamil Thalaivas head coach Edachery Bhaskaran is confident of the team doing well in the 2018 edition.

While the Thalaivas jersey was predominantly yellow in colour during its debut season, the franchise has opted for a makeover, to dark blue.   -  R. Ragu

After an unimpressive home run in the previous season of Pro-Kabaddi League, Tamil Thalaivas head coach Edachery Bhaskaran is confident of the team doing well in the 2018 edition beginning, here, on October 5.

The aim was to win the maximum number of games, Bhaskaran said. “We have a balanced squad for the forthcoming season. If we can get some wins under our belt early, it will help us inch closer to the Super Playoffs,” Bhaskaran said at an event to launch the team jersey, here. "The players were optimistic of winning all the home matches," he said.

About the difficulties a franchise faces when its home leg is scheduled in the final half of the tournament, Baskaran said, “by the time we had our home leg last year, teams had worked out our strategies. Few players succumbed to injuries as well. These factors could dent teams chances. It's good that we have it early this time.”

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While the Thalaivas jersey was predominantly yellow in colour during its debut season, the franchise has opted for a makeover, to dark blue.

Popular Tamil film star Vijay Sethupathi has been roped in as the face of PKL in Tamil Nadu. “I have played the sport at a very young age. This is our game. I am thankful (to the organisers) for getting me on board. I hope kabaddi will receive a strong backing in the coming years from the fans,” the actor said.

A spokesperson for Star Sports, the official broadcaster, said that PKL season five had seen record viewership numbers and it was looking to attract more audience this time.