Pro Kabaddi Season 4 2016: Mid-season report: Grading the teams’ performance so far
We evaluate the performances of all the teams from Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League Season 4 as the tournament reaches the mid-season mark.
Star Sports Pro Kabaddi Season 4 2016 has reached the midway mark after 4 legs with Patna playing the role of the hosts recently. After the organizers decided to shuffle the teams ahead of the kabaddi season, all the teams look threatening as this edition is set to be the most competitive tournament ever. And it has lived up to its billing with only 1 point separating the top 3 sides and all the teams still in the running for a semi-final spot as the tournament moves on to Bangalore.
With half a season gone, let’s take a look at each of the teams’ performance and judge if they fulfilled expectations or underperformed so far:
Bengal Warriors: F
The biggest disappointment this season comes from the team from the city of joy – Kolkata. In Season 3, Bengal Warriors reached the semi-final stage for the very first time and had high hopes coming into the season. Instead of using it as a launchpad, the Warriors came crashing down in Season 4.
After 7 matches, the Nilesh Shinde-led team lie at the bottom of the table with just 8 points. Ahead of the season, they brought in Ravi Dalal, Surjeet Narwal, and Vishal Mane while they retained their captain and Girish Maruti Ernakto supplement the return to the team of Mahendra Rajput, Nitin Madane, and Jang-Kun Lee. However, none of them have been able to fill the massive hole left by the duo of Bajirao Hodage and Nitin Tomar in the team’s squad.
This season, so far, they have managed just a solitary win against Dabang Delhi. Nitin Madane is the only player who has done anything of note as all of their new signings have failed. With just 7 matches left in the season, it will take a Herculean effort from the team to repeat last season’s results.