We started the VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 7 campaign in a dominant fashion with two comprehensive wins in front of the roaring Hyderabad crowd.
The victory against the defending champions, Bengaluru Bulls, was a huge confidence boost for young side. The thumping win over U.P. Yoddha, however, sent a strong and clear message to the other teams of how destructive the Giants are going to be in upcoming matches.
From Rohit Gulia’s stunning raids to Parvesh and Sunil’s powerful ankle holds, there were a lot of positives showcased, but here are the top three takeaways from the Hyderabad leg.
The defence does the talking.
Ever since our coach Manpreet Singh paired Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal in the cover position, there was always going to be a lot of dependency on the duo to perform every time they stepped on the mat.
The expectations were high, and the duo definitely delivered whenever called upon.
While our captain Sunil was rock-solid against Bengaluru Bulls, Parvesh showed no mercy to the Yoddhas’ attacking force. Despite being led by Shrikant Jadav, we managed a massive 14 tackle points and inflicted an all-out thrice. Apart from their heroics, GB More, Ankit and Sumit also made the headlines with important tackle points at crucial junctures, which is a huge positive for us going forward.
Rohit Gulia - The new Superstar!
In the match vs U.P. Yoddha, all eyes were on Sachin Tanwar in the raiding department, however, it was Rohit Gulia who stole the show, rattling the Yoddhas’ defence. While it seemed like the UP Yoddhas’ defence were prepared for Sachin Tanwar, Rohit came out of syllabus. He pulled the strings time and again with clever toe touches and smart kicks.
On account of his brilliant show, Rohit breached the 100-raid point mark and clinched his first super 10 in VIVO PKL. Rohit hadn’t quite hit his stride in the Kabaddi circuit, but Coach Manpreet’s faith in the raider has kept him going. Considering his impressive show, it may well turnout to be his breakout season.
Our unbeaten run continues.
Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, once again, turned out to be a happy hunting ground for the Giants, signing off with another epic win over the Yoddhas. In the four matches we’ve played in Hyderabad, we have won three and drawn one, which was against the Haryana Steelers in season 5.
The focus now shifts to Mumbai, as we face the in-form Dabang Delhi at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium on Thursday. Except for that forgettable day against the Bengaluru Bulls in last season’s final, we have won the remaining three matches we’ve played in Mumbai, and should keep our winning momentum going against Dabang Delhi on Thursday.