PKL 2019: U Mumba eyes better show in Mumbai leg

U Mumba coach Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan said the team has been working on the errors made by raiders and defenders in the Hyderabad leg.

U Mumba is in the seventh spot having won one of its games and lost another.   -  Special Arrangment

U Mumba, which has won one game and lost another in the Hyderabad leg of the Pro Kabaddi League, is keen to put up an improved show in the Mumbai leg of the event, which begins on July 27.

The matches of the Mumbai leg of the PKL are to be held at the NSCI Dome in Worli.

“We will have to play all the matches well, be it against Pune (Puneri Paltan) or any other team. We will have to make separate plans for each team. May be there could be certain loopholes in our planning. We will try and rectify that,” said team coach Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan.

“We will plan by taking into consideration the raiders and defenders of opposition teams,” he added.

Baliyan said U Mumba was working on errors made by raiders and defenders in the Hyderabad leg.

It is presently in the seventh spot having won one of its games and lost another.

“Wins and losses are part of the game. We will try to be better. There will be home advantage as people will support us. We will look to win all four matches (in the Mumbai leg),” proclaimed Baliyan.

According to the coach, the team’s defence is good but that did not click in the game which it lost.

Fazal, on his part, said that the last season was difficult for him and this season too is challenging as he is leading the side.

“For me, there is nothing different. The last season was difficult for me and so is this season. It is also challenging as a captain because you have more responsibilities for your team and if your raider is unsuccessful he would look at you, and so will the defender,” said Fazal.

Fazal did not agree to the suggestion that adjusting with new players or coaches was difficult due to communication as he has picked up a fair bit of Hindi.

“It is not different. A new season has new challenges.

I am ready for everything new. When you are not ready it’s difficult.

“I have spent more time with Indian coaches than Iranian. I talk with my players in Hindi during matches. I have spent time here, so I know a little Hindi,” he claimed.

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