Top 5 defenders from week one of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League season 4
Week 1 of the fourth season of Pro Kabaddi League saw teams contesting in the Pune and Jaipur leg. Puneri Paltan, U Mumba and Patna Pirates ended up being the most successful teams as they now stand first, second and third in the table respectively.
Pune currently lead with 19 points in 5 matches, followed by U Mumba with 16 points in 5 matches and defending champions Patna in third with 15 points from just 3 matches, as they have won all their engagements and are looking good to have another great season this time.
There were some exemplary performances by players who gave their all on the court for the sole purpose of getting their teams the all-important win.
The continuous protection offered by defenders helps raiders go and get more points for their particular teams, just like how the continuous protection offered by Castrol Activ’s Actibonds help protect the bike engine even when it is off.
Defenders made life difficult for raiders as most of the matches went down to the wire. Let us now take a look at the 5 most successful defenders of week 1:
Sachin Shingade - Dabang Delhi
Sachin Shingade has been the most successful defender of week 1 as he has had 16 successful tackles to his name, starting all 4 matches for Delhi, with an average of 4 tackles per match.
Thanks to his defensive prowess, Delhi sit in the 5th position in the table with 9 points. Shingade had a relatively quiet game in their opening match which they lost to Bengal Warriors 31-23, as he had just one successful tackle in the match.
He bounced back in the next game against Pune and had 5 tackle points in the match, which included a super tackle. He had a lot of influence in the low scoring match which had a nailbiting end, in which he made sure his team did not lose.
He again had a great game against U Mumba as he collected 5 tackle points in the match, though his team lost 27-25. Delhi’s fourth match against Bengaluru Bulls which they won 32-24 saw Shingade’s best performance in the season so far, as he collected 7 crucial tackle points for his team, which included another super tackle.