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Pro Kabaddi League 2016: SWOT analysis of Bengal Warriors

Amit Sinha
737   //    24 Jun 2016, 19:52 IST
Nilesh Shinde
Nilesh Shinde has been trusted with captaincy duties again

In the first two seasons of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi, one team that raised a lot of hopes was the Future Group-owned Bengal Warriors. But disappointment was all that they could give to their fans as they finished 7th and 6th in the first two seasons respectively.

Kolkatans, who had faced similar tribulations with their local cricket team in the Indian Premier League initially, kept their faith intact for they had seen how fortunes had transmogrified for the Knight Riders after a slow start.

And the way the third season began for the team, for once, it appeared as if the Warriors would do a Knight Riders as they notched up 4 wins to start the tournament. Mind you, 4 wins was all that they had managed in both the first and the second seasons.

But then the graph began to come down and though they did manage to climb up to compete in the semi-finals, that was the farthest they could reach.

As the 4th season beckons, the Kolkata-based Kabaddi outfit will be looking to start on a similar note as they did in the last season but would also endeavour to keep the intensity intact till the finishing line so that they can give the Kolkatans much cheer and joy and themselves the coveted trophy.

Before they start their season, here is a look at the teams strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.


The team was a revelation in Season 3 where they won 9 matches

Jang-Kun Lee has been a phenomenal success for the Bengal Warriors and it comes as no surprise that the management was adamant to not let go of him and retained him ahead of the auctions.

From being a little-known quantity in the first season, he has gone on to become the most successful foreign recruit in the league and while communication was a problem for him in the first few seasons, after three seasons, hopefully, he will overcome the barrier. That would make him an even greater threat on the mat in the 4th season.

Besides, the defence looks almost impenetrable in the presence of Nilesh Shinde, Girish Ernak and Vishal Mane. The team performed a notch above their previous seasons in the third edition and will take inspiration from those going into a fresh season as they have kept the core of the team intact.

Also, the inclusion of a seasoned campaigner like Ravi Dalal brings a lot of experience to the team.

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