PKL 2018: Dazzling Siddharth Desai impresses one and all

Siddharth is a power raider, he moves swiftly and is quick to spot weak links in the opposition defence. He uses his reach and long limbs to throw defenders off-balance.

Snapped up for Rs. 36.40 lakh by U Mumba, young Siddharth Desai he has impressed one and all.   -  Special Arrangement

U Mumba's Siddharth Desai has taken the 2018 Pro Kabaddi League by storm in his debut season. The 26-year old became the fastest to reach 50 points in all of four matches and is now only two points shy of reaching triple figures.

Desai, who hails from Hundadewadi town in Pune, played for Satej Baner club from 2014 in local tournaments, later joined Air India on contract and went on to represent Maharashtra at the 2018 Kabaddi Nationals.

As per the rules of the league, new players can feature in the PKL only if they are below the age of 22 or have played in the Nationals. Having satisfied the second condition, Desai managed to make it to the auctions. U Mumba snapped him up for Rs. 36.40 lakh and he has impressed since.

For a new face in pro ranks, he comes across as a player who knows his way on court as his moves are calculated and assured. Also known for his singing and musical skills, he has built a solid fan base with his dazzling displays.

Desai is a power raider, he moves swiftly and is quick to spot weak links in the opposition defence. The 26-year-old uses his reach and long limbs to throw defenders off-balance and his brute strength allows him to drag defenders along with him to the centerline. He is equally lethal on the left and right corner and has already scored six Super 10's.

Jaipur Pink Panthers stand in his way during the Mumbai leg opener at the NSCI stadium.

Mumbai leg Friday fixtures: 8pm U Mumba v Jaipur Pink Panthers. 9pm: Bengal Warriors v Telugu Titans (NSCI stadium).

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