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U Mumba


ABOUT
ABOUT

U Mumba is a professional Kabaddi team which participates in Pro Kabaddi League, a professional Indian kabaddi league. The team is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra and was founded in 2014 with the inception of the Pro Kabaddi League.


U Mumba play their home games at the National Sports Club of India Stadium, which has a capacity of 5000 people.


The Mumbai based Kabaddi team was being coached by Bhaskaran Edachery and Ravi Shetty and the team captain was Anup Kumar. However, before the 2018 season begins the team has been reimaged and will have a fresh start to its squad. The new coaches appointed are Gholamreza Mahmoud Mazandarani and Upendra Kumar.


Background


U Mumba is owned by Unilazer Sports, which is a company run by Ronnie Screwvala, the founder of UTV Group. U Sports spans its reaches not only to Kabaddi but to Football, ESports and Motorsports. Their future plans include constructing an U Mumba arena, reaching out to top metropolitan cities in India and building a U Mumba residential Academy in the name of U Mumba Gurukul.


Trajectory in the PKL


The Mumbai based team started the PKL with a solid performance in the PKL 2014 season. They were runners up after losing to Jaipur Pink Panthers in a closely fought final .


The taste of losing the final was not forgotten by the Mumba players and they topped the league in 2015 PKL and were crowned champions after beating Bengaluru Bulls in a competitive finale.

In the third season of PKL, U Mumba qualified for their third consecutive final but unfortunately lost to Patna Pirates.


After the first three thrilling season, U Mumba totally lost their direction in the league. In season four, the team was unable to qualify for the playoffs. In the 2017 PKL season, they were eighth on the overall team performance table and fourth in Zone B.


The whole team overhaul was a much needed change to bring back the glorious flow of starting seasons. The squads have been built to have an experienced defense and a young and aggressive offense with the raiders.


Low Points


The 2017 season of Pro Kabaddi League was one of the worst phases for the U Mumba team. They finished eight on the overall performance table and were not able to qualify for the playoffs yet again. They had a below average win rate and there was no real direction in the team.


Team Players


Player NamePriceCountryPosition
Fazel Atrachali (Captain)Retained Elite PlayerIndianDefender - Left Corner
Arjun DeshwalRetained Elite PlayerIndianRaider
Rajaguru SubramanianRetained Elite PlayerIndianDefender - Right cover
AnilRetained Young PlayerIndianDefender - Left Cover
Mohit BalyanRetained Young PlayerIndianAll-Rounder
Gaurav KumarRetained Young PlayerIndianRaider
Sandeep NarwalRs 89 lakhIndianAll-Rounder
Rohit BaliyanRs 35 lakhIndianRaider
Dong Geon LeeRs 25 lakhKoreanRaider
Young Chang KoRs 10 lakhIndianDefender - Left cover
Vinoth KumarRs 10 lakh.IndianRaider
Athul MSRs 20 lakhIndianRaider
Harsh VardhanRs 10 lakhIndianDefender - Right Corner
Abhishek SinghRs 10 lakhIndianRaider
Ajinkya Rohidas KapreRs 10.25 lakhIndianAll-Rounder
Harendra KumarRs 10 lakhIndianDefender - Left Cover
Surender Singh-IndianDefender


Major Players for the PKL 2019


This season U Mumba purchased Young Changko for 10 lakhs and Dong Geon Lee for 25 lakhs. Rohit Baliyan who showed great talent and success in the last season was bought back through FBM .


Other great players playing this season from U Mumba are Faizal Attrachali, Athul MS and Sandeep Narwal.


YearMatches PlayedWinsLostTieWin %Final Result
20141483357.14%Runner-up
201514122085.71%Champions
2016 (Jan)14122085.71%Runner-up
2016 (June)1476150%5th
2017221012045.45%4th in Zone B
201822155268.18%5th in Zone A


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