Pro Kabaddi: UP Yoddha one win away from third consecutive playoff berth

After a slow start, UP Yoddha has risen to become a formidable opponent as the Pro Kabaddi nears its business end. It is the last side to have a home leg this season.

UP Yoddha will take on table topper Dabang Delhi in the opening game of its home leg come Saturday.   -  Pro Kabaddi League

UP Yoddha is confident of sealing a third consecutive Pro Kabaddi League playoff spot when its home league gets underway at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex here from Saturday.

The UP side had a troubled start to its seventh PKL campaign, but made a scintillating comeback with 10 wins, that included seven in its last 10 games.

It is now poised to face table toppers and neighbours Dabang Delhi in its leg opener on Saturday.

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Col Vinod Kumar Bisht, CEO of GMR League Games, the owners of the UP franchise, said: “We have had a good run and we are confident of continuing with the winning momentum and secure the much desired playoffs spot.”

The young brigade of UP Yoddha has been the one to watch out for this season, with the likes of Sumit, the second best defender in the league, and Surender Gill, now better known as the ‘do-or-die specialist’, standing out for their contribution to the team's form this season.

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The points table as of October 03, 2019.   -  Pro Kabaddi League

 

Speaking on behalf of the team, captain Nitesh Kumar said, “We just want to play as a unit and ensure that we win each match. We have found the right combination and we just want to play our natural and fearless game and first ensure a playoff qualification for ourselves.”

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UP Yoddha is currently placed sixth in the table with 58 points from 18 matches with 10 wins, six losses and two draws.

Cricketer-turned-politician and Yoddha’s Brand Ambassador Gautam Gambhir would be present and lead the rendition of the National Anthem at the opening ceremony of the leg.

The leg will conclude on October 11.