Dabang Delhi have a mountain to climb if they’re to stave off the ignominy of the last three seasons where they registered just 10 victories in their 42 games. The Eagles finished the first season of Pro Kabaddi in 6th position and slipped to 7th in the second season of. The third season turned out to be even worse for the team as they could manage a solitary win in their 14 matches.
After such a season, a chance at revamping the team in the form of auctions came as godsent for the management and they leapt at it. They rung in the much-needed changes to give Dabang Delhi a new colour and hopes of improving their performances from the last season. Now it is to be seen if the changes work out for them when Delhi begin their campaign against Bengal Warriors on 27th June at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.
Here we take a look at what are the Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats that face Dabang Delhi’s campaign in 2016.
Delhi’s biggest performer has been Kashiling Adake and the man from Sangli has been the lone bright spot in Delhi’s dismal performances over the three seasons. He has been a raider par excellence. The innocuous looking Adake from Maharashtra is a dangerous proposition when on the mat and scored more than 100 raid points in the first two seasons apart from making the record for most points scored in a match. This time, although he will have added responsibility as the captain of the side, he will also be supported by a hugely talented young Selvamani K and also Deepak Narwal, who turned up for Patna Pirates in the previous season.
Besides, the addition of Prashant Chavan and D Gopu to the squad considerably strengthens the defence of the team, which had been its Achilles heel in the past. Delhi will hope that these players prove a worthy replacement for their former skipper and one of the best defenders in the first 2 seasons, Ravinder Pahal. However, the most important addition to the Delhi unit has been that of Iranian all-rounder Meyraj Sheykh. If Sheykh can deliver what he promises, then he and Kashiling Adake will give a tough time to any defence in the league.