Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Season 5 : Pardeep Narwal talks about breaking his own record once more
Another day, another stunning performance from Pardeep Narwal. Season 5 has thrown in many surprises, brought in new changes to the league but one thing has remained constant - Patna's star man continues to shine like a diamond under the bright lights and Tuesday was no different.
Up against a formidable Puneri Paltan side, Narwal single handedly guided the Pirates past the finish line, scoring a mammoth 19 raid points. Patna eventually won the game 42-32 and will next face Bengal Warriors for a place in the final.
Post the match, a reserved Pardeep sat on his chair as the journalists shot all their questions to Patna coach, Ram Mehar Singh, realizing that the chances of the raider speaking are none. But when Sportskeeda asked him if he reckons he can break his own record of 34 raid points, he replied in style.
"It wall depends on how the game progresses, I can score more than my previous record, it's not a big deal. Records are made to be broken," he said.
After this comment, the coach pleaded with the media not to ask his star raider any more questions, fearing that he may end up revealing a lot in excitement - "Now please dont ask any more questions to Pardeep, or else he will fall into a trap," the coach jokingly said.
Coach, Mehr Singh reckons Narwal's stunning four point raid in the second half completely turned the tables. Patna were trailing by seven points after the first half and Pune continued their dominance in the early parts of the second. But when Narwal decided it was time to turn on the heat, all hell broke loose.
"Pardeep's four point raid changed the outcome of the match. Monu also took his chances. If our defenders had performed well, we would have never been in this situation. It has always been our weakness. Pardeep and Monu did their job," he stated.
In what as a strikingly contrasting performance compared to his previous game against Haryana Steelers, Pardeep started off slowly and ended the night with seven empty raids. He displayed wisdom, slowing down the game in crucial situations, thereby frustrating Pune who were desperately trying to claw back into the match.
Secondary raider, Monu Goyat struggled to get going and could manage just 3 raid points. However every single one of those three came at a time when Patna were reeling and needed something to stir them up.
Patna will now play Bengal on October 26th in Chennai. The winner of this encounter will face Gujarat Fortunegiants in the final on 28th.