Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Season 5: Five talking points from Day 52 of PKL 5
Pro Kabaddi action resumed on Tuesday at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in the capital. Apart from delivering a super exciting contest for the umpteenth time this season, the Tamil Thalaivas ended up on the winning side for a change for the second time in a row thanks to Ajay Thakur's superlative performance on the last raid of the match against Gujarat Fortunegiants.
In the other match of the double-header, the home team took on the mighty Patna Pirates in their bid to get their first win in front of the home crowds. Although they put up a brave comeback after a horrendous start, it wasn't enough to earn them a win and they eventually finished two points behind Patna's score.
These were the five talking points from Day 52!
#1 Slippery Sachin impresses again
Tamil Thalaivas right corner Amit Hooda has had a great season so far with his control over this edition’s top scorer being circumspect every time he came in front of Hooda. Gujarat Fortunegiant’s Sachin, however, is a different proposition. The young man's no Narwal yet. But he's Sachin.
He is nimble and slippery and someone very difficult to predict with his clever movements when on the raid. He doesn’t have the spectacular dubki nor does he rely on getting a lot of bonus points but what he is good with, and demonstrated well on Tuesday, is his mastery at doing what he is required to do – getting raid points.
He was extremely slippery on Tuesday and made one of the best right corners of the season appear clueless with his frenetic movement across the pitch. In the first half of the game, he helped his team race past the Tamil Thalaivas by picking up nine raid points and, more importantly, he didn’t get tackled even once.
It came as a little surprising that the team didn't decide to use his services too much in the second half despite a stellar first half show by the young man. That, possibly, made the difference in a game his team lost by the narrowest of margins possible in the game.