Team Talk: Bulls of Bengaluru prepared to charge the opposition
After making the Super Playoffs for the first two seasons of VIVO Pro Kabaddi, Season 2 runners-up Bengaluru Bulls have missed the knockout stages in the past two seasons. To get back to their winning ways, the Bulls went big in the auction and bought raider Kashiling Adake to partner up with captain Rohit Kumar and form one of the most dynamic raiding duos in the league.
With the capture of Adake and a host of retentions, the Bulls have created a young roster that will be gunning to go far in Season 6 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi.
The Bulls boast of a bossy raiding duo comprising of Kashiling Adake and Rohit Kumar, both of whom feature among the top 10 raiders of all-time in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history. Skipper Rohit Kumar finished second in raid points in Season 5 and Adake, a former Best Raider award winner, was the top raider for U-Mumba.
With a stacked raiding department, Bengaluru’s offence will be one to watch out for in Season 6.
Excellent cover duo
The cover duo of Ashish Kumar and Mahender Singh are a fascinating prospect for the Bulls. The veteran Kumar and Singh will add much needed steel to the Bengaluru defence.
Although they are quite well-equipped in the cover department, the one area that the Bulls are short-handed in is the corner position. With Amit Sheoran and Raju Lal Choudhary being the most recognisable names in the corner department, they will have to prove they have what it takes to safeguard the Corners of such a raid heavy team.
Youngsters will get plenty of game time
The Bulls roster is loaded with talented young players, like Harish Naik, Sumit Singh, Pawan Kumar Sherawat and Anand V. Bengaluru will be relying on these youngsters to carry them through the season. A strategy like that had the potential to not come good but from the experience of last season, the Bulls will be hoping it will help them hit the jackpot. The fearless attitude and eagerness of these youngsters could take the Bulls far in Season 6.
Total Points scored – 2417 (55.68% from Raid points and 31.07% from Tackle Points)
All-Outs inflicted – 188
Most Successful Raider – Rohit Kumar with 312 points (Season 4 – Current)
Most Successful Defender – Manjeet Chhillar with 91 points (Season 1 – 2)
1. Bengaluru were undefeated over the last three legs of Season 5, boasting a record of 4 wins and 1 draw in 5 games.
2. Raider Rohit Kumar scored 231 points over the course of Season 5 for the Bulls finishing second behind Pardeep Narwal in the race for the crown of Best Raider.
3. The Bulls inflicted 28 All-Outs on their opponents in Season 5, which was the second-best tally in Zone B behind reigning champions Patna Pirates.
4. Bengaluru’s crushing 40-point win over U.P. Yoddha in Season 5 is the biggest victory margin in the history of VIVO Pro Kabaddi.