Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League 2016: Ranking the teams based on their home records
Star Sports Pro Kabaddi has brought the traditional Indian sport back in people’s minds by reaching millions of homes all over the world. 8 franchises from different cities fight it out on the mat for over a month to be declared the best in the country.
PKL follows a unique caravan system where each city hosts the tournament for 4 days each in the league stage. The home team plays 4 matches at home across the 4-day period and 10 away so the home form becomes extremely crucial in deciding who makes it to the knockout stage.
Let us now take a look at the home records of all the eight teams in the four seasons that we’ve had in PKL so far and rank them on the basis of that.
#8 Dabang Delhi
Dabang Delhi have been the most disappointing team in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi as far as home form is considered. With the worst win percentage - less than 19% - the Eagles have failed to soar high at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, New Delhi and have, more often than not, disappointed their loyal fans.
They have lost the most number of matches at home (11). The national capital has failed to bring joy to the Dabangs as they have managed to win just 3 matches, with ZERO wins in season 3. The first season they lost 3 matches while beating Bengal Warriors 46-36 in their final match at home in the inaugural edition. The second season was their best ever home return as they humiliated Patna Pirates 45-26 and drew 45-45 against Telugu Titans, a match where Kashiling Adake scored a record 24 points.
Season 4 saw them notch their biggest home win (21 points) against Bengal Warriors in the first match, but they ended up on the losing side on the other 3 days to crash out of the tournament and finish 7th.
Having finished in the bottom 3 in all the four seasons, it is clear where their mistakes lie. A good return from their home leg is sure to overturn their fortunes as they are decent travellers.