Pro Kabaddi Weekly: Delhi Diaries
With the 2019 Pro Kabaddi season halfway in the books, the Delhi halt saw some more records broken, along with one annoying jinx.
The midway point of their journey saw the 2019 Pro Kabaddi competitors stop by at Delhi, for leg six of the championship. The Thyagaraj Sports Complex saw more than its fair share of tackles and touches, and as always, we round up the best takeaways from the capital city stopover.
HOME CURSE BROKEN
Given that it’s the halfway point of the season, perhaps it’s fitting that a curse that been plaguing the teams since the onset of the new season, was finally broken. If you haven’t been following the series, teams have been enduring their worst showings at their home rounds, where normally they should be at their strongest.
Dabangg Delhi put an end to the jinx in spectacular fashion, clinching all four of their matches.
NAVEEN ‘SUPER’ KUMAR
After his Delhi squad’s emphatic 40-24 win over U Mumba, Naveen Kumar broke into the record books with an eighth consecutive Super 10 (awarded to a player with 10 or ore raid points). In doing so, he equaled Pardeep Narwal’s record for Patna Pirates.
AJAY THAKUR’S DREAM WEEK
Tamil Thalaivas’ Ajay Thakur has seen his career soar high alongside the Pro Kabaddi series itself, and during the Delhi leg, he took time out to receive the prestigious Arjuna Award from no less than India’s president Ram Nath Kovind himself.
One of 18 recipients across India to receive the honourable award, he became the 35th kabaddi player to win the award, which includes the likes of teammate Manjeet Chhillar and coaches Anup Kumar and Rakesh Kumar.
President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Shri Ajay Thakur for his achievements in Kabaddi.
🔹Captain of men’s Kabaddi Team winning Bronze Medal in Asian Games, 2018
🔹 Captain of men’s Kabaddi Team winning Gold Medal in Asian Championship, 2017 pic.twitter.com/DpjmVj9pLH
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 29, 2019
And just when he thought his week couldn’t get any better, he became the fourth player to score 800 points!
We return to the home team to wrap up this write-up, as Dabang Delhi sweetened their dream week by taking over the points lead for the first time ever. They are having a truly exemplary season, along with the likes of Haryana Steelers, while in stark contrast, perennial favourite such as Gujarat Fortunegiants and Patna Pirates are having seasons to forget.
Next, the teams head to Bengaluru to kick off the second half of the season, and it will be up to the Bengaluru Bulls to continue this new trend of home domination.
Photo credit: President of India / Twitter