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02 August 2016

01 August 2016

  • Dupki Master at it again as Pirates sink Pink Panthers to defend PKL crown The perception about kabaddi has changed since the advent of Pro Kabaddi League. The league has grown exponentially, thousands turned up for the final between Patna Pirates and Jaipur Pink Panthers. Patna Pirates became the season-4 champions. - The New Indian Express
  • Patna humble Jaipur in final Water tight defence coupled with the excellent raiding ability of Pardeep Narwal helped Patna Pirates extend their reign over the Pro Kabaddi League title as they downed Jaipur Pink Panthers in the final match. - The Times Of India
  • Pirates keep crown; Storm Queens in women’s champion Patna Pirates, led by Pardeep Narwal, won the title for the second time after defeating Jaipur Pink Panthers in the final match. Storm Queens became the Women’s Kabaddi Challenge champions after defeating Firebirds. - The Hindu
  • Pirates retain crown Season 4 of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi ended on a high note with reigning champions Patna Pirates recording a victory against Jaipur Pink Panthers in the finale. - The Pioneer

31 July 2016

  • Queens of the mat In the article, Nitin Sreedhar asks Mamtha Poojari and Tejaswini Bai about their journey in kabaddi and opinion on Women’s Kabaddi Challenge. - The Financial Express
  • Upbeat Pirates ready to tame Panthers Patna Pirates are ready to clash with Pink Panthers in the finals of Pro Kabaddi season-4. Patna’s coach, Arjun Singh, believes his team has no weaknesses, but only strengths, and therefore has nothing to worry. - The Times Of India
  • Abhishek Bachchan reveals his passion for kabaddi Abhishek Bachchan’s passion for kabaddi started when he watched his father play the game in a movie. For Abhishek, Hyderabad has always been lucky and hopes Pink Panthers win against Patna Pirates in style. - The Hindu

30 July 2016

  • For Mamtha and Tejaswini it’s yet another fight The article talks about the journeys of Mamtha Poojary and Tejaswini Bai in kabaddi, where they’ve shared the problems they faced in their respective lives. - The Economic Times
  • Defence lets bravehearts down after Titanic comeback “We will show on the court what we are capable of”, said Uday Kumar, Coach, Telugu Titans, before the match. Unfortunately, Telugu Titans were defeated by Jaipur Pink Panthers in the semifinals. - The New Indian Express

29 July 2016

  • They Matter The article talks about the players being the first beneficiary of a professional sports league and appreciates the success of PKL. It also goes on to state that a successful league garners commercial support since there is visibility, inspiration, infrastructure and management. - The Economic Times
  • In a league of their own The article clearly states the journalist’s opinion on how PKL in the recent times is amongst the best examples for a successful sports leagues. - The Economic Times
  • All set for exciting semifinals The article carries the semifinal line-up of the teams as they are gearing up for the finale of PKL. - The Hindu
  • Telugu Titans’ play helps improve TV ratings The article mentions Telugu Titans being the most viewed team in the on-going Pro Kabaddi League. It has quotes from the interaction with Mr Srinivas Sreeramaneni, owner of the Telugu Titans team. - The Hindu

28 July 2016

  • Kabaddi’s women of steel The article has shared the journeys of Tejasvini Bai, Deepika Joseph, Monika Devi, Priyanka Negi and Abhilasha Mhatre, where they have discussed the struggles they faced while playing Kabaddi. - Mint
  • Wily Manjeet inspires comeback as Pune edge closer to semifinals Puneri Paltan put one foot in semifinals after defeating Bengaluru Bulls 36-33. Manjeet Chillar scored 11 points, the most tackle points by a defender in the game. - The New Indian Express

27 July 2016

26 July 2016

  • Fire Birds skipper Mamtha's journey from scars to star An inspirational journey of Mamtha Poojari, an Arjuna Awardee and multiple gold-winner from oblivion to being a household name with the inception of the Pro Kabaddi league. - The New Indian Express
  • A moment of recognition Pro Kabaddi League has been a game changer for Women Kabaddi in giving them the recognition they long expected. The captains are optimistic that more girls will take up the sport. - Deccan Herald

25 July 2016

  • Delhi show real dabang vs Warriors An inspirational performance by Kashiling Adake helped Dabang Delhi secure an impressive 41-20 victory against Bengal Warriors. In the second match, Telugu Titans secured the semi-final spot by defeating Jaipur Pink Panthers. - The Pioneer
  • Adake shines in Dabang’s huge victory Dabang delhi KC thumped Bengal Warriors in their first match of home leg, keeping their semi-final hopes alive. Star player, Kashiling Adake won 13 points for the team and Bengal Warriors finished their season in the last spot. - Deccan Herald
  • Kashiling stars as Delhi thump Bengal at home Dabang Delhi have managed to keep their semifinal hopes alive by defeating Bengal Warriors 41-20. In the second match, Telugu Titans beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 35-23, securing the third spot in the table. - DNA
  • Inspirational skipper Kashi keeps Delhi’s semifinal hopes flickering Kashiling Adake led Dabang Delhi to an outstanding victory against Bengal Warriors, where he won 13 points for the team. Bengal Warriors finished last after having completed their full quota of 14 games. - The New Indian Express

24 July 2016

  • Sprightly raider banks on fitness The article includes quotes from Mamatha Poojary saying, “I am excited to be a part of Women’s Kabaddi Challenge. It is one of the best ways to encourage women’s kabaddi”. Mamatha shares the various challenges she faced and how her parents were against her practicing the sport. - Deccan Herald
  • Life has centred around sports for new Pro Kabaddi star Selvamani The article has quotes from Selvamani saying, “ Pro Kabaddi has been such a boon for players like us. The popularity of the league has ensured that teams have had to explore the most backward of places to scout for talent”. - The Sunday Standard
  • Kabaddi ready to dazzle Delhi The Delhi leg of Pro Kabaddi Season 4 will begin today with the first match between Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors. Delhi’s head coach believes that the team’s dream of playing the Playoffs is still alive. - The Pioneer

23 July 2016

  • A move to boost women’s kabaddi in India The article has quotes from Tejaswini Bai saying, “Despite being an Arjuna Awardee, not many knew me until the Women’s Kabaddi Challenge. Now during the league, many people recognize me in different cities and that is a great boost for me”. - Deccan Herald
  • Warriors stun hosts Mumba Bengal Warriors scored a stunning 31-27 win over U Mumba. U Mumba’s defeat had no effect on their place in the points tally and they remained at the fourth spot with 35 points. - The Times Of India
  • Panthers rally to down Patna Pirates Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Patna Pirates with 29-22 and remained to be on the top of the points table. Ajay Kumar (7 raid points) and Amit Hooda (5 tackle points) were the notable performers for Pink Panthers along with Rajesh Narwal ( 4 points). - The Free Press Journal

22 July 2016

  • U Mumba hold Titans in a thriller The article gives the highlights of the match held between U Mumba and Telugu Titans, where U Mumba just about managed to hold Telugu Titans 25-25. Also, it briefly describes the match held between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Dabang Delhi. - The Times Of India
  • Jasvir stars for Pink Panthers Jasvir, Captain Jaipur Pink Panthers, helped Jaipur Pink Panthers to a 24-22 victory over Dabang delhi by securing seven raid points for the team. The second match resulted in a tie between U Mumba and Telugu Titans. - The Hindu

21 July 2016

20 July 2016

  • PKL an eye opener for Bangladesh trio PKL has been an eye opener for the Bangladeshi trio of U Mumba, as they got to play along with the best players of Kabaddi. The common aim of Arduzzaman, Tuhin and Zakir is to share their experience with others in Bangladesh and help their national team grow. - The Times Of India
  • Living the Kabaddi dream In the article, she shares the various challenges she faced while playing Kabaddi. Deepika is not a quitter, when asked if she would quit Kabaddi due to her knee injury, she said, “ I cannot imagine life without Kabaddi”. - Mid-Day
  • Life has always been sports for new PKL star The article is about Selvamani, star raider Dabang Delhi. Selvamani, owes his success to his coach Honnappa C Gowda who trained, scouted and brought Selvamani to Bengaluru for trials. Selvamani’s ultimate aim is to play for India. - The New Indian Express

19 July 2016

18 July 2016

17 July 2016

  • Warriors skipper eyes unbeaten home run. Nilesh Shinde discusses the Bengal Warriors’ strategy for the upcoming matches. Their aim is to win all the matches in home leg and keep their performance steady. He also speaks about Jang Kun Lee and describes how his strength and flexibility helps him as a raider. - The New Indian Express

16 July 2016

  • Nicholas feels ancient sport can arouse English interest with PKL-like enterprise. The article is about Nicholas George Mottram, Bengaluru Bulls, the only player from England. In the article, he shares his experience with Pro kabaddi and says, “ Bengaluru Bulls are a major team and they want to win every match, so they go for more experienced players. - The New Indian Express
  • Bulls crash to sixth straight loss. The article shares the highlights of Pro Kabaddi Day 20. The first match was won by Telugu Titans against Puneri Paltan. The second match was won by Dabang Delhi against Bengaluru Bulls, where Bengaluru Bulls faced their sixth straight defeat. - Deccan Chronicle

15 July 2016

  • Bulls slump to embarrassing loss. The article covers the highlights of the match held between Patna Pirates and Bengaluru Bulls. The match was won by Patna Pirates and Bengaluru Bulls suffered their fifth straight defeat. - The Times Of India
  • Women’s Kabaddi Challenge: Ice Divas crush Fire Birds The article cover the highlights of the match held between Fire Birds and Ice Divas on Wednesday. It was won by Ice Divas, 24-14. - Absolute India

14 July 2016

  • The ‘Kabaddi Queen’ The article talks about Mamatha Poojary and describes her journey from a small village to Women’s Kabaddi Challenge. It quotes Mamatha saying, “No one was ready to play kabaddi, because they did not want to wear shorts. It is a small village; people didn’t approve of it”. - Mint
  • Panthers prevail over Bulls The article covers the highlights of the match held between Bengaluru Bulls and Jaipur Pink Panthers in detail. The match was won by Jaipur Pink Panthers and Bengaluru Bulls suffered their fourth straight defeat. - Deccan Herald

13 July 2016

  • Dominant Titans outplay Bulls The article gives the highlights of the match held between Telugu Titans and Bengaluru Bulls. The match was won by Telugu Titans and it was the third straight defeat for Bengaluru Bulls. Also, it mentions the schedule of matches to be held tonight. - The Times Of India, Bangalore
  • With dreams in his eyes The article speaks about the different persona of Mohit Chillar behind his strong and aggressive personality. It is a Q&A article, where it asks Mohit about his personal as well as professional life. - Deccan Herald, Bangalore

12 July 2016

  • Bulls look to utilize home advantage. The article talks about Bengaluru Bulls’ performance so far. It includes a quote from Randhir Singh, coach Bengaluru Bulls, saying “ We have been playing well consistently. Except for the game against Patna, the other two defeats have come in small margins”. - Deccan Herald , Bangalore
  • Watch them cross the borders The article talks about the impressive viewership Women’s Kabaddi Challenge has achieved. It has quotes from Nitin Kukreja saying “It is overwhelming to note that the cumulative match viewership for the matches that were held in Jaipur and Hyderabad itself surpasses Euro 2016 viewership”. - The New Indian Express, Hyderabad
  • Foot prints in the Sand It is an Q&A article with Rohit Kumar, Bengaluru Bulls, where he has shared his feelings/opinions on various questions. In the article, he has also shared his opinion on how kabaddi can become more popular in India. - Deccan Herald, Bangalore

11 July 2016

  • Just 2 Women’s Kabaddi Matches Get more viewers than Euro 2016 The article shares the outstanding response Women’s Kabaddi has achieved, to which Nitin Kukreja has been quoted saying “This is a watershed moment in the history of Women’s sport viewership that we were waiting for, WKC has got more viewership than any women’s sport has ever achieved in India. - The Economic Times
  • Courting challenge: Pirate Sandeep ready to live up to famous surname The article is about the star player of Telugu Titans, Sandeep Narwal. It talks about Sandeep’s village where Kabaddi is a primary sport, to which Sandeep is quoted saying “ Narwals have always managed to get into the national team. Every year, the Indian Team will surely have a Narwal in it”. - The New Indian Express

10 July 2016

09 July 2016

  • Kabaddi Team U Mumba eyes growth from ticketing, sponsorship The increasing popularity of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi and the team U Mumba, which has acquired various sponsors, is expecting a 30-35 percent growth in season 4. Supratik Sen, CEO U Sports, also shares the boost in merchandise and ticketing U Mumba has received this season. - The Hindu Business Line

08 July 2016

  • From Kabaddi heartland of Nizampur, Mohit lives and breathes the sport Mohit Chillar, where he shares his aim for Bengaluru Bulls. Also, it talks about how Kabaddi has turned Mohit into a star in his hometown and provided him recognition. The article includes various quotes from Mohit Chillar where he shares his feelings about Kabaddi and his team. - The New Indian Express

07 July 2016

  • Pirates will try to cash in on home advantage The article highlights the schedule of upcoming Pro Kabaddi matches that are going to take place in Patna. It includes quotes from Pawan Rana, CEO Patna Pirates, and Arjun Singh, Coach Patna Pirates. Also, it talks about Patna Pirates’ performance so far. - Hindustan Times

06 July 2016

  • Bulls hold on to register win The article talks about Rohit Kumar’s raids that helped Bengaluru Bulls to register a victory against Telugu Titans. Also, it briefly describes the thrilling match between Storm Queens and Fire Birds that ended up in a tie.

22 June 2016

  • Kabaddi, the new cricket! Rekindling interest for the sport which happens to be the state game of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh, Star Sports Pro Kabaddi is all set for its fourth season. Telugu Titans, who represent Telugu States in the league were in the city practicing hard to make the state proud. - New Indian Express