Name: Rajesh Mondal

Team: Puneri Paltan

Position: Raider

While the first match on Friday saw Bengaluru Bulls starting their home leg in Nagpur with a narrow win against Tamil Thalaivas, the second encounter witnessed Puneri Paltan taking away the game from Dabang Delhi K.C. through their all-round show. A number of players starred for their respective teams but the performance of Paltan’s Rajesh Mondal stood out due to its importance for the team.

Mondal is a do-or-die raid specialist and one who is known to make an impact whenever his team needs him. However, Match 13 saw a different version of Mondal as he garnered 8 raid points only through touch. As he sent defender after defender out of play, his side received points as well as added confidence. Out of the 13 times he went out to raid for his team, he was unsuccessful just once. He even helped his teammates in the tackling department by ensuring the opponent raiders were kept under control.

Mondal showed a lot of agility and was one of the main players whose contribution tilted the match towards Puneri Paltan as they won 26-21.