Pro Kabaddi League 2016: SWOT analysis of Jaipur Pank Panthers
The team was exceptional in their first season but has failed to impress since then.
There is an old saying that goes, ‘the bigger they are, the harder they fall’ and for the Jaipur Pink Panthers after the first season, the fall hasn’t only been hard but a steep one. From finishing the first season as the winners to have not been able to play in the top four again tells the sad state of Abhishek Bachchan’s team in the Pro Kabaddi League. They showed spunk when they won 6 out of their 9 games, bouncing back from a streak of five defeats and threatened to make it to the semis in the second season. But things never looked up for the Panthers in the third season as they could manage just 4 wins in their 14 matches. This season the team would hope to make amends for their dismal last season performance and scale back the heights it climbed in the first season.
The Pink Panthers could have chosen to revamp their side and do what many teams like Dabang Delhi and Patna Pirates decided to do in the auctions. However, the team didn’t go for any knee jerk reactions and kept the core of the team intact.
The team has shown faith in the names that have performed for it throughout the three seasons. Ran Singh and Rohit Rana have been dependable in the defence for the team and will continue to chase and pin raiders this season as well for Jaipur.
Jasvir Singh and Rajesh Narwal have been consistent for the team and still will be doing the bulk or raiding for the Pink Panthers. The team has been further strengthened by the addition of Shabeer Bapu, who was a star raider for the U Mumba and can challenge any defence of Pro Kabaddi league with his agility and sharpness.