Haryana Steelers is an Indian professional kabaddi team that plays in Pro Kabaddi League. The team is based in the city of Sonipat, Haryana. The team plays their home matches at the Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, Sonipat which has a seating capacity of 2000.
Haryana Steelers is led by star defender Surender Nada, who has won the inaugural season of PKL with U Mumba and was also the part of the Indian team which won the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The team is coached by veteran Ranbir Singh Khokhar, who has more than 35 years of coaching experience. He is the current coach of Indian national team and was also the coach of the Indian team which won the gold medal at 1990 and 2014 Asian Games.
Haryana Steelers is one of the four teams introduced in 2017 season of Pro Kabaddi League alongside Gujarat Fortune Giants, UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas in order to make the League more widespread, interesting and competitive.
The team is owned by JSW Sports, a part of the multi-billion dollars conglomerate, Jindal South West (JSW) group. They are also the owners of former I-League champions and ISL side Bengaluru FC and are renowned for the contribution towards the development of sports in India.
JSW Sports runs a variety of sports programs. The most popular of them is the Sports Excellence Program (SEP), the flagship endeavour of the company.
Trajectory in the PKL
The debut season for the team in 2017 was a mixed success. The Steelers managed to finish at the third place in their zone. The team’s journey ended after their loss to eventual champions Patna Pirates in the eliminator.
The team would be eyeing to better their performance in the coming seasons and to get to the coveted trophy.
The team managed to finish at 6th position in the 2017 season of PKL. The team showed good potential will be a strong title contender in the coming season provided they are able to work upon the areas where they fell short.
The major problem which the team faced was the inability to perform as a unit. Their loss against Patna Pirates exposed their defence’s dependency on Surender Nada as they performed abysmally in his absence in the second half of the match.
Major Players for the PKL 2018
Captain Surender Nada will be the anchor of the team’s defence. He will be supported by experienced players like Sachin Shingade and Vikas.
In raiding department, Wazir Singh and Monu Goyat will have the responsibility to lead from the front. They will have the support from the likes of Vikash Khandola and Md. Zakir Hossain. Monu Goyal became the costliest player in the history of PKL as he was bagged by Haryana Steelers for a massive amount of Rs. 1.5 crores.