Pro Kabaddi: Gujarat Fortunegiants aims to hit the ground running in home leg

"When we play at home the cheering and chanting of the Giants’ fans give players a special energy. It boosts their confidence level," said Gujarat Fortunegiants coach Manpreet Singh.

Gujarat Fortunegiants team Captain Sunil Kumar (3rd from right) and coach Manpreet Singh (4th from right) strike a pose with team during a press conference in Ahmedabad.   -  Vijay Soneji

Gujarat Fortunegiants is optimistic of returning to winning ways as it prepares for its first home match against Tamil Thalaivas in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 at the Eka Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

In the previous two seasons the Giants won nine of the twelve home matches and based on this stellar showing, coach Manpreet Singh expressed confidence of getting crowd support. The Giants led by Sunil Kumar have, so far this season, won the first three on the trot and lost the next two.

"When we play at home the cheering and chanting of the Giants’ fans give players a special energy. It boosts their confidence level. It is not different this time. Everyone is raring to go. We have an excellent record here and will try and repeat the show in all four matches," said coach Manpreet Singh.

The first two matches will be played back-to-back; against Thalaivas and the Telugu Titans on Sunday. The third home match will be against the Bengal Warriors and the fourth against the Jaipur Pink Panthers.

Talking about the Giants’ defeats, Manpreet said:"There were a few miscalculations and some mistakes which caused our downfall. Going for advance tackles did us in. I firmly believe that we were in a position to beat U Mumba and Puneri Paltan as well, but the mistakes cost us. We have rectified the errors and reworked our strategies after analysing the videos."

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Manpreet also expressed full confidence in the out-of-form lead raider Sachin Tanwar getting into the thick of action. “It is a long season and players need time to settle. It is just a matter of time. Sachin will certainly turn the tables with his super-10s. Giants’ fans are going to witness something special in the home leg."

The Giants with 16 points are placed fifth in the table ahead of the Thalaivas which has 15 points from five matches.