Pro Kabaddi 2023, Puneri Paltan vs Jaipur Pink Panthers: 3 Player battles to watch out for

Puneri Paltan vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
Puneri Paltan vs Jaipur Pink Panthers

Two heavyweights are set to lock horns as league leaders Puneri Paltan face off against Jaipur Pink Panthers in the 68th match of Pro Kabaddi Season 10 at the SMS Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on January 13.

Both teams have had impressive seasons. Jaipur Pink Panthers, the home side, currently sits second on the points table with 43 points, having won seven, drawn two, and lost just two of their 11 matches. With a retained core, the team displays a balanced and positive team atmosphere.

Puneri Paltan have been dominating this season. They have won nine out of 10 matches, accumulating 51 points and securing the top spot with a well-balanced squad. They consistently showcase different match winners, posing a formidable threat to opponents. The only question remains: can they clinch their first-ever trophy?

Now, let's delve into three player battles that are set to be highlighted in today's encounter.


#1 Arjun Deshwal vs Mohammadreza Shadlou

Arjun Deshwal has seamlessly taken on the role of the lead raider for Jaipur Pink Panthers, showcasing outstanding form. Despite being last year's MVP, this time around, he has consistently delivered match-winning performances, complemented by excellent support from his team.

With a remarkable 121 raid points in just 11 games, Deshwal not only leads the charts but has also achieved seven Super 10s.

On the defensive front, Mohammadreza Shadlou, widely known as the 'Prince of Defense', has emerged as the leading defender in the current edition.

Demonstrating his worth in the league, Shadlou has secured an impressive 43 tackle points in 11 matches, maintaining a commendable strike rate and displaying remarkable consistency in his defensive contributions.


#2 Mohti Goyat vs Reza Mirbagheri

Mohit Goyat has risen as the primary raider for Puneri Paltan, demonstrating consistency. Across 11 matches, he has amassed a noteworthy total of 71 raid points, underscoring his effectiveness on the mat.

Goyat is notably recognized for his expertise as a do-or-die specialist. His consistency, coupled with exceptional escaping skills, further solidifies his impact on the game.

Meanwhile, Reza Mirbagheri, the Iranian cover defender for Jaipur Pink Panthers, faced a slow start but has steadily gained momentum. He is currently enjoying a productive season, amassing 30 tackle points in 10 games.

Mirbagheri's defensive contributions have proven pivotal for Jaipur Pink Panthers and his enhanced performance, coupled with the support of the home crowd, will further rally the team's defensive lineup as the season unfolds.


#3 Aslam Inamdar vs Ankush

In 11 matches, Aslam has amassed an impressive 69 raid points, showcasing his prowess as a dynamic raider. With a knack for finding the gaps in the opposition's defence, Aslan Inamdar poses a significant threat and will look to continue his stellar performance against Puneri Paltan.

Over 11 matches, Ankush has demonstrated his defensive prowess, securing 36 tackle points. A reliable and agile defender, Ankush will play a crucial role in Jaipur Pink Panthers' strategy to counter Puneri Paltan's raiding force.

The battle between Inamdar's raiding skills and Ankush's defensive capabilities promises to be a highlight of the match.

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Edited by Ritwik Kumar
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