Patna Pirates beat Jaipur Pink Panthers in an impressive 41-30 victory in Match 33 of the Inter-Zone Challenge Week at Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna. Patna Pirates were represented at the post-match press conference by captain Pardeep Narwal and coach Ram Mehar Singh while Jaipur Pink Panthers were represented by Deepak Niwas Hooda and coach Srinivas Reddy.
Q: How does it feel to play in front of your home crowd in Patna after a gap of two seasons?
Ram Mehar Singh: It feels very nice since we don’t get the support we get here anywhere else. The crowd always wants us to win and it’s nice to get a win for them. They’ve been waiting two years to watch us play and this win is for them.
Q: What was your strategy today?
Ram Mehar Singh: The strategy today was to attack. We only had two available raiders in Pardeep Narwal and Manjeet. Even with just the two of them, they knew what to do and they got us the win.
Q: How does it feel to hold the record for most Super 10s in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history?
Pardeep Narwal: I don’t take that much into consideration. These records are meant to be broken. My record may not last for long and may be broken in the next game itself. That said, I am proud to be the record holder for the most number of Super 10s scored. Additionally, the fact that it ensured a win is an even greater feeling.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Q: Do you think the defence played a major role between the two teams today?
Srinivas Reddy: Definitely. Within the first half itself, we gave Pardeep Narwal too many unnecessary points. This led to us losing points when we shouldn’t have. Once they had a lead, our raiders needed to play aggressively and got out at crucial times so they kept on increasing their lead.
Q: You put in an all-round performance today. Where do you think your team could have done better?
Deepak Niwas Hooda: We struggled defensively today. It was a collective failure so there’s no one to blame in particular. We have been defensively strong so far but the errors we made today cost us the game.