Name: Shrikant Jadhav
Team: U Mumba
Delhi’s first match of VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5 at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex pitched hosts Dabang Delhi K.C. against U Mumba. However, the opening night ended in disappointment for the home team as they fell short in the dying minutes to lose 28-30, courtesy of a brilliant display from U Mumba’s young and dynamic raider Shrikant Jadhav.
Ending with a match-high tally of 11 points (10 raids and 1 tackle), Jadhav’s dominance on the pitch was evident throughout. His contribution tonight was of such proportions that U Mumba hardly needed to send the back-from-injury Shabeer Bappu to raid for the team.
Even though he was narrowly denied two super raid opportunities in the second half, his moment of glory came with just 45 seconds remaining on the clock. He went into raid and pulled off a brilliant two-point raid to knock the wind out of the home team. Despite the presence of three high-profile raiders in U Mumba this season, Jadhav has managed to hold his own without letting the pressure get to him during crunch situations.