Top 5 defenders from week 3 of Pro Kabaddi League season 4
The third week of Pro Kabaddi League saw some explosive fixtures happening in Bengaluru, with the action shifting to Kolkata towards the end of the week. With the tournament now reaching its business end, defending champions Patna Pirates sit atop the standings, with 41 points from their 10 matches.
Jaipur Pink Panthers are a close second, with 37 points from 11 matches, with Puneri Paltan and Telugu Titans rounding off the top four.
The week saw many good defensive performances, with Sandeep Narwal of the Telugu Titans and Nilesh Shinde of the Bengal Warriors standing out, along with the warhorse Dharmaraj Cheralathan.
Similar to how Castrol Activ’s Actibonds always Cling to to protect the engine and allow it to function better, the defensive effort put in by teams helps them stop the opposition, easing the pressure on their raiders.
Here are the top 5 defenders of the week –
Fazel Atrachali (Patna Pirates)
Patna Pirates defeated Bengal Warriors 33-27 to top the table with 41 points in 10 matches, and they look good to defend their title this season. The Champions of season 3 had Fazel Atrachali, the Iranian defender, to thank for their victory over a resilient Warriors side who mostly had the lead in the match, but could not capitalize on that and saw their dreams of qualifying for the semi-finals reduce.
Fazel had a great game and was on point throughout the match. The raiders did not have a solution to his defensive onslaught, as he was successful in his mission to stop the Warriors raiders from scoring points at will.
He collected 7 tackle points in the match which included 2 super tackles to almost single-handedly give the victory to the Pirates.
He also had an excellent game against Bengaluru Bulls, as his performance helped Patna win the match 38-23. He had 6 tackle points to his name in the match, and is now looking like his old self.