Pro Kabaddi Weekly: Oh Kolkata
For the second week in a row, records and milestones were the talk of the town as the teams descended upon Kolkata.
After the Bengaluru leg, we figured it’d be a while before we’d see quite as many record-breaking performances. However, it seems the mishit doi so prevalent in Bengal did wonders to sweeten the deal all around, not least for the home boys.
Here are key takeaways from the Kolkata leg:
HOME SWEET HOME
After the first half of the season saw the teams endure nothing but misery at their home venue, this is the third week in a row that the home team had a gala time, and how! Bengal Warriors went unbeaten in their four matches at the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, winning three and tying one to take a cool 18 points from the available 20.
As they left for the Pune leg, they were second in the standings, just one marker behind this season’s dominators Dabang Delhi.
1000 REASONS TO SMILE
Breaking records has become a way of life for Pardeep Narwal and at Kolkata, the Patna Pirates became the first player in series history to touch 1,000 points. He achieved the feat in his 99th game, against Tamil Thalaivas, with his third point of the match, and then, with his 10th, he made it to 1,000 raid points too. However, he didn’t just stop there, and went on to score a total 26 raid points.
We’d say that’s a good night’s work!
FLYING AT 200
Nicknamed ‘Hi-Flyer’, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat shone for the Bengaluru Bulls in their last game in Kolkata, against the home team. With 19 raid points in 20 raid attempts, he became the first to touch 200 points in the current season.
Unfortunately for his side, the match went Bengal’s way but certainly not for any lack of trying from Sehrawat.
THIRD TO 800
While Deepak Niwas Hooda’s team Jaipur Pink Panthers could do no better than tie their two matches in Kolkata, he managed to become only the third player in series history to accumulate 800 raid points. He managed it in the match against Haryana Steelers, where he successfully ended his eight-match streak of no Super 10s with 14 raid points.