Pro Kabaddi: Patna Pirates to concentrate on defence against Jaipur Pink Panthers
Patna Pirates revived their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals big time when they thrashed Puneri Paltan 38-21 in their own backyard to move within a point of the Jaipur Pink Panthers as the two teams gear up to face each other in a ‘virtual quarter final’ on the final day of the Pro Kabaddi league stage.
Speaking after his side’s inspiring win over the Puneri Paltan and ahead of the massive game against the champions, the Patna Pirates skipper Sandeep Narwal talked about his side’s approach to the game against Jaipur while showcasing confidence in his side.
When asked about what the Pirates did right on the day as they dispatched the hosts, the skipper replied that the sheer need to carry on in the league brought the best out of the team.
“We knew we had to win this game to give ourselves a realistic chance to qualify. So all the boys were up for it and that helped us overcome Puneri Paltan and the massive support which they enjoyed,” said a delighted Pirates captain.
Patna Pirates fit and raring to go against Jaipur
Sandeep Narwal was quick to dismiss any claims of Jaipur Pink Panthers having the edge due to the extra rest the defending champions enjoyed, having played their last match on 16th August, while Patna took to the mat on 18th August.
“I don’t think there is any chance of fatigue from our side. Before the league started we have had camps for two months where we played every day. So I don’t think Jaipur enjoying a two day rest will make any difference,” Sandeep added confidently.
Speaking about the approach his team will adapt for game against Jaipur Pink Panthers, Sandeep revealed that his side will look to defend well without giving anything away.
“We will adopt a defensive strategy. We know where our strength lies and we will play to it and try to exploit their weaknesses,” revealed the Patna Pirates captain.
Sandeep Narwal was fantastic once again in the win over Puneri Paltan delivering a fine all-round display, notching up seven points in total. Having recovered fully from his elbow injury, the 22-year-old was seen going in for more raids than in the previous matches and this helped his side dominate against Pune.
However, his job is still not complete as he will have to deliver once again if the Patna Pirates are to dethrone the reigning champions Jaipur Pink Panthers and qualify for the knockout stage.