Rishank Devadiga to lead UP Yoddha in PKL

UP Yoddha will play its home matches at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida.

Rishank Devadiga presented as the captain of UP Yoddha.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Pro Kabaddi League team UP Yoddha on Thursday named raider Rishank Devadiga as its captain for the sixth edition of the event starting November 2. The franchise also announced that the state-of-the-art Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida would serve as its home ground for this season from November 2-8.

UP Yoddha, also called ‘The Yoddha’, had an impressive first season in 2017. The team finished third in there Zone and fifth overall. UP Yoddha is confident of improving their performance this season given the depth of experience that the team showcases now.

Jasvir Singh, who won the 2014 Asian Games gold medal and 2016 World Cup as a player, will serve as its coach. The team consists of seven raiders, eight defenders and four all-rounders.

UP Yoddha begins its season in Chennai against Tamil Thalaivas on October 8. The team will play a total of 22 games, which also includes six games at their home venue in Greater Noida from November 2-8.

UP Yoddha team

Raiders: Rishank Devadiga, Azad Singh, Bhanu Tomar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Shrikant Jadhav and Sulieman Kabir

Defenders: Nitin Mavi, Nitesh Kumar, Jeeva Kumar, Amit, Vishav Chaudhary, Pankaj, Sachin Kumar and Aashish Nagar

All-rounders: Akram Shaikh, Narendra, Sagar Krishna and the Korean Seong Ryeol Kim.