Pro Kabaddi 2019 is entering its twilight with the last leg of the group stage set to kick off today. 5 teams have been knocked out as Jaipur Pink Panthers battle it out with UP Yoddha for the last playoffs spot with UP Yoddha being the favourite to claim the spot as they have 4 home games left.
There are some teams who you wouldn't have pegged on for qualifying while some strong teams on paper have failed to make the cut. This has been largely due to sides depending on a few players or the failure of a key player hampering the momentum and the strategy of a team as a whole.
On that note, let's take a look at 5 players, one from each of the knocked out teams, who have disappointed the most this season.
#5 Sachin Tanwar (Gujarat Fortune Giants)
After finishing the last 2 seasons as runners-up, the Gujarat Fortune Giants have endured a tough campaign this time around and have been knocked out of the tournament. Part of the reason has been the dip in the performance of their defence which was one of their biggest strengths in the past. Gujarat, whose defenders were usually at the top of the defending charts now find themselves in the 6th position when it comes to total tackle points.
But they were plagued by the lack of a raider who could consistently get them a Super 10 every game. They banked heavily on Sachin Tanwar to do that for them but the lanky raider has disappointed this season. Sachin has scored just 84 raid points in 16 games averaging just 5.25 raid points per match with just 2 Super 10s to his name.
Players like Rohit Gulia and Sonu Jaglan were forced to don the lead raider's role and they did yield some success on a few occasions. Sachin Tanwar has had a very disappointing season by his standards and his poor season is a major reason for Gujarat's poor campaign.