A nerve-racking back-and-forth contest at The Arena by TransStadia between Gujarat Fortunegiants and Bengaluru Bulls finished with honours even and a scoreline reading 30-30. In the post-match press conference, Gujarat Fortunegiants coach Manpreet Singh, captain Sunil Kumar, raider Sachin and defender Parvesh Bhainswal took questions for their side whereas Bengaluru Bulls were represented by coach BC Ramesh, captain Rohit Kumar and raider Kashiling Adake.
Q. Great comeback. Thoughts on the game?
Manpreet Singh: This is what the platform of VIVO Pro Kabaddi is made for. The excitement is what draws the crowd. Given the support of the fans, it was destined to be a great match. It was a win for kabaddi.
Q. Another stunning performance from you. Thoughts on the rest of the team?
Sunil Kumar: We did well as a unit. The raiders were outstanding today and we are happy with the performance.
Q. Still unbeaten at home. Happy with the record?
Manpreet Singh: That's part of the sport. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. It would be boring if the same team won every time. We could have won the game and so could have Bengaluru Bulls. So it's okay.
Q. Any thoughts on Sachin?
Manpreet Singh: I’m very pleased with him and how well he's doing. We rested him yesterday with the view of unleashing him today and he hasn't disappointed.
Q. What was the turning point of the match?
BC Ramesh: We executed our game plan perfectly till halftime. Offence, defence, substitutes - they were all on the same page and we were comfortable in the game. In the second half, our raiding wasn't up to the mark and our defence was slightly loose with their tackles. Sachin was outstanding tonight. Their defence is outstanding and it showed it in the second half. Towards the end, they had the game in their hands but Rohit saved the match.
Q. What are your thoughts on the raiding trio that Bengaluru Bulls possess?
Kashiling Adake: It's all about who's having a great day. We have three good raiders on the mat as well as a couple more on the bench. So whoever does well, it is the job of the other two raiders to deputise for him. We aren't concerned with who is raiding how much. It's about the team.