Bengal Warriors reached Jaipur after a forgettable home leg. The team from Kolkata, not only lost 3 out of the 4 home matches, but also lost their 3 important players through injury.
Captain Dinesh Kumar and the backbone of defence, Nilesh Shinde and left cover Bajirao Hodage limped out off the tie against Dabang Delhi. Their best raider of last year Nitin Madane is already out from the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi 2015 due to injury.
Team coach Raj Narain Sharma spoke to us just before they left for Jaipur. He expressed his concern about the injuries and told us about their preparations for future games.
“Three of our main players are suffering with major injuries. It seems to be difficult for Dinesh Kumar, Nilesh Shinde and Bajirao Hogage to play in Jaipur tomorrow, Still we are waiting for the final reports from the doctors,” coach Raj Narain explained.
“Captain Dinesh Kumar is well, but not in a condition to play. All 3 players will not play in the match against Puneri Paltan.”
The coach revealed that the Warriors’ bench will be tested while admitting it will be a big challenge to play the Paltans without their main players.
“We have 3 empty positions in the final 7 left cover, right corner and one all-rounder. New players will get chance in Jaipur according to the empty positions.
“We will try to perform good in absence of our main players. It will be a big challenge for us against Puneri Paltan. I am hopeful for that match,” he concluded.