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Pro Kabaddi 2018: Changes that could script Gujarat's entry into PKL final

Gujarat Fortunegiants cover combination of Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal did not have a good game in Qualifier 1 as they ended up losing to Bengaluru Bulls

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Pro Kabaddi 2018: Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengaluru Bulls in Qualifier 1
Pro Kabaddi 2018: Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengaluru Bulls in Qualifier 1

In the Qualifier 1 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi season six (PKL 2018), Gujarat Fortunegiants were out classed by Bengaluru Bulls, who qualified for the summit clash and awaiting a winner of Gujarat Fortunegiants vs UP Yoddha Qualifier 2 clash. Gujarat Fortunegiants, who lit the group stage on fire thanks to consistent performance by their raiders and defence. But Manpreet Singh boys failed miserably in the playoff and now they have last chance to make it to the second consecutive pro Kabaddi 2018 final.

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Sunil-Parvesh combination must come back after Qualifier 1 debacle

Gujarat Fortunegiants cover combination of Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal did not have a good game in Qualifier 1 as they ended up losing to Bengaluru Bulls. The duo of Sunil and Parvesh failed to pick up a single tackle point in the first half of the game. Captain Sunil Kumar had zero tackle points from the entire match while Parvesh managed only 1 tackle point from 5 tackles. Even as a duo, this was their worst combined performance of Pro Kabaddi 2018. They had managed to score at least 4 tackle points combined in every match before this one in As a team they had just 2 tackle points in the 1st half and finished the match with just 6 tackle points, their joint-2nd lowest of Pro Kabaddi 2018.

Worst Performance by Sunil-Parvesh Combo – PKL 2018
Match Tackle Points
GUJ v BLR QUALIFIER 1 1
GUJ v BLR Match 69 4
MUM v GUJ Match 92 4
HYD v GUJ Match 100 4
PUN v GUJ Match 22 5

The Bengaluru raiders had a specific strategy and targeted Gujarat’s main defenders and the Gujarat could not find a solution to it. Bulls opened up the weak link of Gujarat defence and used it to their advantage, which forced Gujarat to change their defensive combination.

Lowest Tackle Points by Gujarat - PKL 2018
Match Details Tackle Points Failed Tackles
Vs. Telugu Titans M#100 5 13
Vs. Bengaluru Bulls, Qualifier 1 6 19
Vs. Bengaluru Bulls M#69 6 17

Parvesh (82 tackle points) and Sunil (69 tackle points) are the 3rd and 4th leading tackle point scorers of and will need to recover from that bad game quickly. The success of their covers has been the foundation upon which Gujarat’s success has been built in Pro Kabaddi 2018.

Gujarat Cover Combination - PKL 2018
Defender Sunil Kumar Parvesh Bhainswal
Matches 23 23
Tackle Points 69 82
HIGH 5s 3 5
Avgerage Tackle Points 3.0 3.6
Tackle SR 57 64

So the covers need to have a good game for the team to be successful. Sunil had a good game when Gujarat played UP Yoddha in the league stage as he scored a HIGH 5. It is going to be interesting to see, how Gujarat defence is going to approach this game after a poor show in qualifier 1.

Gujarat Fortunegiants raiding duo Sachin-Prapanjan need to keep the pace going till the end

Sachin had a Super 10 for Gujarat in Qualifier 1 against Bengaluru, but unfortunately for him he had no support. Sachin had 10 raid points from 12 raids at a very good raid Strike Rate of 83. Prapanjan, who had formed a deadly combination with Sachin, disappointed in Qualifier 1 as had just 5 raid points from his 14 raids. He was tackled 5 times during the match. With the defence struggling, Sachin by himself was not able to manage the scoring for Gujarat Fortunegiants. Prapanjan had actually been on a very good run of form before Qualifier match against Bengaluru Bulls – in the 5 matches before the Qualifier he had scored 46 raid points, more than even Sachin, at a good raid SR of 55. Sachin and Prapanjan are the 2 most successful raiders for Gujarat in PKL 6 and they will need Prapanjan to support once again in this knockout game.

Gujarat Lead Raiders – PKL 2018
Raider Sachin Prapanjan
Matches 21 20
Raid Points 171 112
SUPER 10s 6 4
Avgerage Raid Pointsts. 8.1 5.6
Raid SR 53 49
Sachin’s 2nd half slowdown was also shown in the match against Bengaluru where 7 out of his 10 raid points came in the 1st half. This has been a season-long trend with Sachin where he has been stronger in the 1st half as compared to the 2nd half. Prapanjan is also similar in that regard.

Sachin Phase Wise Performance – PKL 2018
Time Raid Pts. Raid SR
1-10 55 65
11-20 42 55
21-30 37 46
31-40 37 45

Prapanjan Phase Wise Performance – PKL 6
Time Raid Pts. Raid SR
1-10 35 63
11-20 33 53
21-30 22 37
31-40 22 44

If the game goes close and Gujarat need raid points in the closing minutes of the game, their raiders will need to perform than what they have done so far in the season.

Team Gujarat Fortunegiants record

Overall
Player Mts. Raid Pts Avg. Raid Pts Raid SR Super 10 Tackle Pts Avg. Tackle Pts Tackle SR High 5 Total Pts
Sachin 45 330 7.3 53 13 27 0.6 61 0 357
K. Prapanjan 61 254 4.2 43 7 4 0.1 11 0 258
Mahendra Rajput 62 180 3.0 46 2 15 0.2 29 0 195
Ajay Kumar 49 181 3.9 40 4 1 0 7 0 182
Parvesh Bhainswal 54 0 0 0 0 133 2.5 57 7 133
Sunil Kumar 48 2 0.1 3 0 126 2.6 56 6 128
Rohit Gulia 36 83 2.3 28 0 6 0.2 16 0 89
Hadi Oshtorak 48 7 0.9 50 0 65 1.4 43 2 72
Dong Geon Lee 28 60 2.1 45 1 0 0 0 0 60
Ruturaj Koravi 21 0 0 0 0 47 2.2 40 1 47
Sachin Vittala 24 12 2 33 0 23 1 41 0 35
Shubham Palkar 12 9 0.8 24 0 0 0 0 0 9
Lalit Chaudhary 3 3 1 43 0 4 1.3 100 0 7
Dharmender 4 5 1.7 83 0 0 0 0 0 5
Amit 5 0 0 0 0 2 0.4 33 0 2
Vikram Kandola 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 17 0 1
Yashwant Bishnoi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C Kalai Arasan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anil 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

First Published: Wed, January 02 2019. 21:04 IST