Name: R. Sriram
Team: Dabang Delhi K.C.
Day 5 in VIVO Pro Kabaddi belonged to two of the four debutants this season. Gujarat Fortunegiants defeated Dabang Delhi K.C., while U.P. Yoddha demolished Telugu Titans in the second match of the day. On a day which saw a number of star players showing their class and young lads displaying their potential, there was one performance which really stood out. R. Sriram’s inspired performance may not have produced dividends for Delhi but he ensured that the margin of loss reduced to a mere six (26-20), and hence he is our ‘Young Star of the Day’.
Sriram came on as a substitute after the halftime break with Delhi coach Dr. Ramesh Bhendigiri trying to bring a change in his team’s fortunes by making four quick substitutions in the first 20 minutes itself. With captain Meraj Sheykh not being able to make a mark, it was up to the young gun to prove his tenacity. He came on with just 20 minutes to spare, and in his 8 raid attempts managed to garner 5 crisp points with three points coming in consecutive raids.
His heroics alongside those of Anand Patil ensured that Dabang Delhi K.C. got at least one point from the match. Dabang Delhi K.C. now lead the Points Table in Zone A, and for that they have definitely Sriram to thank.