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Puneri Paltan head coach Anup Kumar is ‘happy’ with the signing the team has made at the PKL 2021 auction. The Pune based franchise is among the first teams of the competition but has never qualified for the final.
The team had a forgetful Pro Kabaddi League 7, finishing 10th with just seven wins in 22 matches. They have now reassembled a new squad. The team went into the auction having retained five players in Pankaj Mohite, Sanket Sawant, Balasaheb Shahaji Jadhav, Hadi Tajik and Pawan Kumar Kadian.
Anup Kumar, in an Instagram video posted by the club, was seen sharing his thoughts regarding the buys at the auction.
“I am very happy to build my Paltan as we planned for this season. We have some really good players in the team. I hope to see the team play well this time.”
The coach further added that the team has managed to strike a good balance between the experienced and youth players.
“We have a defensive unit. We were aiming to build ahead of the auction. We did miss out on a couple of raiders that were on our radar. However, the offense looks good as well. With a perfect balance of youth and experience in our squad, we look forward to a memorable season ahead."
It was surprising to see Rahul Chaudhari, a seasoned raider going for ₹40 lakhs, the amount at which Puneri Paltan snapped him up. The player was expected to trigger a heavy bidding war.
“Rahul Chaudhari is a big name when it comes to the Pro Kabaddi League. Having a star raider like him in the squad at just 40 lakhs was a steal for us. We have sufficient time ahead to work on strategies along with Rahul and improve his performance”, Anup Kumar concluded.
Squad: Nitin Tomar, Sourav Kumar, Abhishek Nadarajan, Vishwas S, Karamvir, Sombir, E Subash, Rahul Chaudhari, Baldev Singh, Vishal Bhardwaj, Victor Obiero, Mohit Goyat, Govind Gurjar, Pawan Kadian, Hadi Tajik, Balasaheb Jadhav, Pankaj Mohite, Sanket Sawant.