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Pro Kabaddi 2019 preview: Vikas Kandola key for Haryana Steelers’ success

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In Match 85 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, Haryana Steelers will look to continue their five-match winning streak when they take on Jaipur Pink Panthers at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday. Vikas Kandola was not available for Haryana Steelers in the first three matches due to injury. However, since his return the team has been on a roll winning 8 out of 10 matches. In pro Kabaddi 2019, Vikas Kandola has scored 97 raid points so far with six SUPER 10s and led his team to victory in all the matches where he scored 10 or more raid points. Among raiders who have scored minimum of five SUPER 10s this season, Kandola is the only raider to have a 100 per cent victory record.


Check Pro Kabaddi points table and schedule here











Impact of scoring a SUPER 10 – PKL 7 (*Raiders with min. of 5 SUPER 10s)

Raiders

Instances

Won

Lost

Tied

Win%

Vikas Kandola

6

6

0

0

100%

Naveen Kumar

12

10

1

1

83%

Pawan Sehrawat

9

7

2

0

78%

Maninder Singh

5

3

2

0

60%

Pardeep Narwal

8

2

6

0

25%



Haryana’s coach Rakesh Kumar making right decisions


Rakesh Kumar as coach has had a good season so far. He has made good decisions with his raiding unit and has been rotating very well. In the first three matches, without the services of Vikas Kandola and Prashanth Kumar Rai, Naveen was the lead raider in the team. In the next three matches, Vikas Kandola returned to the side and assumed the role of lead raider. He made an instant impact and Vinay played the role of the second raider. In the last 7 matches, Vikas Kandola and Prashanth Kumar Rai took the first and second raiding roles with Vinay providing the support. Prashanth Kumar Rai was not fully fit in his first three matches of the season and played the first half of the match. He was substituted in the second half.





















First 3 Matches – Top 3 Raiders

Match 4 to 6 – Top 3 Raiders

Last 7 matches – Top 3 Raiders

Raider

Raids

Raid Points

Raider

Raids

Raid Points

Raider

Raids

Raid Points

Naveen

54

24

Vikas Kandola

62

28

Vikas Kandola

136

69

Vinay

29

11

Vinay

31

14

Prashanth Kumar Rai

51

32

Selvamani K

29

6

Naveen

27

9

Vinay

60

28



Jaipur defence one of the best in Pro Kabaddi 2019

Jaipur’s defensive unit is one of the best this season. The team averages 11.2 tackle points per match and it is joint best in PKL 2019. The team also has a tackle strike rate of 49 which is joint second best in the league.














Highest Avg. Tackle Points – PKL 7

Highest Tackle SR – PKL 7

Team

Avg. Tackle Points

Team

Tackle SR

Jaipur Pink Panthers

11.2

Gujarat Fortunegiants

50

Puneri Paltan

11.2

Jaipur Pink Panthers

49

UP Yoddha

10.6

U Mumba

49



Sandeep Dhull has been the lead defender for the team and is one of the best defenders of the season. He has scored 44 tackle points (4th in the league) and averages 3.4 tackle points per match which is joint second best in the league.










Highest Avg. Tackle Points – PKL 7

Defender

Avg. Tackle Points

Vishal Bhardwaj

3.5

Sumit

3.4

Sandeep Dhull

3.4

Mahender Singh

3.4



Jaipur’s defensive unit is a team to be reckoned with its Super Tackles. Jaipur has made 19 Super Tackles this season, the third highest by any team.









Most Super Tackles – PKL 7

Team

Super Tackle

Bengaluru Bulls

22

Patna Pirates

20

Jaipur Pink Panthers

19


PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD

(All figures overall PKL; figure in brackets shows since PKL 6)


  • Vikas Kandola (HAR) 3 – 2 Sandeep Dhull (JAI) [3 – 1 since PKL 6]

  • Vikas Kandola (HAR) 4 – 3 Amit Hooda (JAI) [4 – 1 since PKL 6]

  • Prashanth Kumar Rai (HAR) 5 – 4 Amit Hooda (JAI) [3 – 3 since PKL 6]

  • Deepak Hooda (JAI) 13 – 7 Dharmaraj Cheralathan (HAR) [5 – 1 since PKL 6]

  • Deepak Hooda (JAI) 9 – 3 Sunil (HAR) [All since PKL 6]

  • Deepak Narwal (JAI) 2 – 6 Dharmaraj Cheralathan (HAR)

  • Deepak Narwal (JAI) 0 – 3 Sunil (HAR) [All since PKL 6]



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I am sure team management will give youngsters long run: Shikhar Dhawan

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Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday expressed optimism that the team management will give the youngsters a fair run to establish themselves going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.


Captain Virat Kohli recently made it clear that the youngsters will have to prove themselves in the “four or five” opportunities they get.


“(While) trying out youngsters, it is good to give them a good run because when new players come in, it takes time for them to express themselves. Young boys are taking these opportunities with both hands. I am sure the team management will give them a longer run,” Dhawan said on the eve of the third T20 International on Sunday.


He said the senior players are “always open” to helping their younger teammates like Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant, who is currently battling indifferent form.


Seen as one with a bright future after Test tons in demanding English and Australian conditions, Pant is now feeling the heat for his shot-selection and temperament, with some calling for the inclusion of Sanju Samson or Ishan Kishan at his expense.


“Any time, any youngster wants to discuss something with us, we are always open to help them, always there for them,” Dhawan told reporters on the eve of the third T20 International against South Africa.


“For senior players like us, say someone like Rishabh comes in to bat or Shreyas coming in, we make sure we do the communication with them and make sure they are comfortable and not nervous. We make them think what is needed at that particular moment,” he said.


Dhawan added: “That’s what we do even when I am batting with Rohit or Virat, we keep discussing and that is very important. Communication is very, very important.”

He hoped that youngsters will get a decent run to prove their mettle in international cricket.


The southpaw said the ongoing series against the Proteas and matches scheduled in the near future will be the perfect platform for youngsters such as Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar to build their confidence in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup.


Both players have impressed in recent times with their performance and attitude.


“Washington is bowling really good, giving us the breakthroughs and also choking the batsmen. He has got very good control and variety as well.


“Even Deepak Chahar, he swings the ball both ways and at the same time, he has pace as well. It is the perfect platform for them to perform and build the confidence for the T20 World Cup,” Dhawan said.


The senior batsman, whose World Cup in England was cut short by an injury, looked in fine touch during his match-winning partnership with skipper Virat Kohli in the second T20 against South Africa at Mohali.


“I have been playing well. I got a break and came back and even in West Indies, I didn’t score many runs, but I was middling the ball nicely. For me, it’s normal, it happens, four-five innings can go here and there. I know that my process is very strong, I am a keen observer of whatever I am doing.


“I will make sure I do everything in a detailed manner, and yes, sometimes some strategies don’t go your way, sometimes they do. It is part of the journey, I have always backed myself, I know the hard work I have put in, and I know that things will go good for me.



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We are here to play in traditional South African way: Van der Dussen

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Vice-captain Rassie van der Dussen on Saturday said they are here to compete in the “traditional South African way” even though the team currently touring India lacks the firepower of the previous visiting outfits.


The Proteas lost the second T20 International by seven wickets after the series opener was washed out.


The new-look team will have a chance to draw level in the third and final game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday, which will be followed by a three-match Test series.


“We got a young squad now but we came here to compete in the traditional South African way, try hard, play hard,” Van der Dussen told reporters on the eve of the game.


“We have got young guys in the squad and we are not going to stand back for anyone. That’s the emphasis, results go your way or not, that’s sometimes you are not sure what’s going to happen. We knew it’s going to be tough, India is one of the strongest team in the world, and we know we are embracing their challenge.”

One of South Africa’s rare success stories from the ODI World Cup in England, van der Dussen said some of his teammates’ experience of playing here in the last Test tour will help the visitors in the upcoming engagements.


“The last Test tour did not go well but the guys who were here have learnt a lot of lessons and we definitely are better prepared this time,” he said.


He was asked about his team’s challenge of bowling to India’s top three comprising skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, and he admitted that the task is very difficult.


“They are probably three of the best T20 batters in the world and the world has ever seen. Virat and Rohit are the two leading run scorers at the moment in international T20 cricket.


“It’s a great challenge for young bowlers coming here and bowling to these guys. But like I said, we know what the challenge is. If we want to get a win, we have to nullify this kind of players.”

He said the team is missing the services of longs-serving leg-spinner Imran Tahir.


“Imran Tahir is obviously massive for us. He has been so good, he has retired from one-day cricket so he is going to focus on T20 cricket, and we know he is a big weapon for us.


“The challenge for other bowlers is that we don’t have the luxury of a guy like that, who can come in and bowl four overs for 20, and maybe take one or two wickets.”

Van der Dussen scored 311 runs in the World Cup and showed composure in the face of constant criticism the team attracted for its poor showing.


“It’s been an unbelievable 12 to 14 months for me. The challenge for me going forward would be to maintain the form that I have had and keep improving as a player and winning games for the team. That’s something I pride myself in.”

Asked about the team’s targets in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup, he said the challenge is to learn the lessons quickly.


“We have a young team. Guys are absolving and learning everything quickly. We have got some 18 more games leading to the T20 World Cup next year. The challenge for us is to learn those lessons very quickly and make sure in some years time, we are one of the top sides of the world.



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Team India and coaching staff’s daily allowance on away tours doubled

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The Indian team under Virat Kohli has done just as well on foreign soil as it has at home and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) have decided to reward the players by doubling their daily allowance when on tour.


As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, the Indian players and coaching staff will now get a daily allowance of $250 (Rs 17,799.30) as compared to the earlier amount of $125 (Rs 8,899.65). The pay at home though remains unchanged.


The report further states that the foreign travel allowance is over and above the business class travel, accommodation and laundry expenses that the BCCI pays for.


Having won the Test series Down Under at the turn of the year, India started their campaign in the World Test Championship with a comprehensive 2-0 win against West Indies in the Caribbean Islands.


While the Indians are slated to play mostly at home this year, they are set to travel to New Zealand at the start of 2020.


Skipper Kohli has time and again said that winning games in the longest format and that too away from home is what his real motive is as leader of the unit. In fact, he has now gone past both M.S. Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly as the most successful Indian skipper on foreign soil.


 



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