PKL 2019: Pro Kabaddi League begins today; all you need to know the game

All 12 captains during unveiling of Pro Kabaddi 2019 trophy.
The seventh edition of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) will kick start when Telugu Titans will lock horns with U Mumba at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday. Ahead of the season opener on Friday, all the four captains came together to speak about the excitement of Pro Kabaddi 2019. The team combination of almost all the teams have been changed from last season. Haryana Steelers have a new captain and coach this year while Tamil Thalaivas has bought star raider Rahul Chaudhary, who for the first time in Pro Kabaddi history will play for team other than Telugu Titans.

Check Telugu Titans vs U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates live score here


The defending champions Bengaluru Bulls have retained most of their players from last season led by Rohit Kumar. On Day 1 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, they will lock horns with three-time champions Patna Pirates.


Here’s what all the 12 captains said on the occasion of unveiling of trophy:


Ajay Thakur, Captain, Tamil Thalaivas: “Rahul and I have been playing for some time now for team India and we have great chemistry, but this is the first occasion where both of us will be seen together in PKL. I believe it is going to be a great for our fans as well to watch us supporting each other during the game. I have always believed that hard work pays off and we have been working very hard for the success of our team. Once the season is underway, we will be able to tell easily who are the teams that have worked hard to improve.”


Abozar Mohajermighani, Captain, Telugu Titans: “Our team composition is made up of strong raiders, a strong defense line and moreover good coaches, so you can call us the strongest team in the competition. Our players are fit and have been practicing continuously for the tournament. We will have a plan to approach every match and aim to win one match at a time. Our performances in the previous years have been strong and I hope we are able to make it to the semi-finals this year”


Deepak Hooda, Captain, Jaipur Pink Panthers: “We have 8 to 9 youngsters in our team this year and this new talent will certainly bring some energy and help the team to win matches. We have been practicing very hard and the youngsters have shown the right intent and hard work necessary to play games at this level. As a team we will be focusing on all our matches one at a time. We will be playing all the teams and so it will be interesting to see the performance of the players against each of the teams”.


Nitesh Kumar, Captain, UP Yoddha: “Being the youngest captain is not added pressure for my game and performance. My goal for this season is to ensure that I put in 100% into my game and prove myself as well as ensure that the team makes it to the finals.”


Joginder Narwal, Captain, Dabang Delhi: “Our performance last season was very encouraging, and the team has been training with the same energy and passion for the last one and a half months at the camp in Delhi. Last season, the only place we lacked was our defense and we've worked hard to make sure we don't repeat the same mistakes. This year, the players on defense have meticulously practiced their skills and are close to perfecting them. Last year, we made it all the way to the semi-finals and this year, we hope to make it to the finals.”


Rohit Kumar, Captain, Bengaluru Bulls: “All teams are extremely competitive, but I believe Gujarat Fortunegiants and Tamil Thalaivas are our strongest competitors this season. This year, we aim to win maximum of the matches and even if we lose, I will hope to lose with the minimum difference. The 45-day long camp has made us train and practice extremely hard and with that intensity we will prepare for the match against Patna Pirates tomorrow and give our 100% and try to win the first match of the season.”


Surjeet Singh, Captain, Puneri Paltans: “We have a very good combination of both senior and new young players this season which makes a very strong team as we have the best of the talent. We have gotten some new talent and have practiced on our skills and techniques to make sure we give the best of our performance on the mat.”


Sunil Kumar, Captain, Gujarat Fortunegiants: “This season, just like last season, we have got a lot of new young talent which we believe will be our secret weapons. They will not only enthrall and surprise the audience but also our opponents on the mat. We are looking forward and putting all our efforts to make sure we win the finals this time.”


Pardeep Narwal, Captain, Patna Pirates: “We’ve won the championship thrice and we will do it again this season. We are a strong and balanced side and there’s nothing that will stop us. Personally, I’m also working on some new moves which you’ll see on the mat in our opening game already.”


Haryana Steelers, Captain, Dharmraj Cherlathan: “We have trained very hard and worked on perfecting our skills and building new techniques and strategizing our gameplay. The team is mentally and physically prepared for the new season, and we aim to play well with strategic and smart thinking. The competition of the toughest season ever begins.”


Maninder Singh, Captain, Bengal Warriors: “With Season 7 around the corner, there is a lot of excitement and pressure. I am looking forward to getting back in the game with fierce competitiveness that the new format has brought, we have trained very rigorously for the same and are looking forward to picking the trophy home this year.”


Pro Kabaddi 2019 Live streaming details


The live coverage of Pro Kabaddi League matches will begin from 7:00 pm IST while the live kabaddi action will start from 7:30 pm. The second match is scheduled to begin from 8:30 pm IST.