Raider Rakesh S. has been the one shining star in the Gujarat Giants galaxy. Coach Manpreet Singh assembled the most experienced defensive unit for vivo PKL Season 8 but it his raiders who have kept them in the competition. Against Haryana he picked up 19 points and almost helped the Giants complete an improbably comeback. It looks like he will be the star raider for Gujarat in the upcoming matches. Similarly, in Aslam Inamdar, Puneri Platan have found a solution to Rahul Chaudhari’s bad start to the season. Pune have looked below-par for most parts but Aslam Inamdar’s all-round performances have revitalised the side who beat Gujarat Giants in their last encounter. He has been coach Anup Kumar’s trump card along with young raider Mohit Goyat and the team’s playoffs hopes will hinge on these youngsters.