The Calicut Heroes will have one eye on ending their league stage campaign on a winning note when they face off against the Ahmedabad Defenders in match number twelve of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi, Kerala.
The Heroes, full of confidence, have enjoyed an unparalleled start to the inaugural season with four wins in four matches while the Ahmedabad Defenders are yet to register a victory in this season, having lost both their matches so far.
Led by an impressive show from skipper Jerome Vinith, who has notched up 52 points from 4 matches, the Heroes have stamped their dominance in style across all four of their matches, leading up to their final league game.
However, the real spotlight has truly fallen on the 'Hydrogen Boy' Ajith Lal C, whose powerful spikes have found no answer from the opposition blockers. The Heroes' attacker has 61 points from four matches and will yet again be in focus against the wounded Defenders.
The Defenders, who lost 2-3 against both the Black Hawks Hyderabad and Kochi Blue Spikers, seem to have lost their way and will need the foreign signings in the form of Victor Sysoev and Novica Bjelica to fire.
While the form of Gurinder Singh on the attacking front has been a major plus point for the Defenders, the inability to stitch individual performances together to register a win in this season has hurt the Defenders to no small measure.
Against an in-form side such as the Heroes, the Defenders will certainly have a tough task on their hands while the Heroes themselves will be looking for a top-place finish on the points table with a win in what will be the final match of the Kochi leg.
Predicted Starting Six
Calicut Heroes - Jerome Vinith (c), Paul Lotman, Ajith Lal C, Karthik A, Iluoni Ngampourou, Ratheesh C.K.
Ahmedabad Defenders - Ranjit Singh (c), Victor Syseov, Gagandeep Singh, GR Vaishnav, Novica Bjelica, Gurinder Singh.
Telecast details, when and where to watch
Date: 13th February 2019, Wednesday.
Start time: 6.50 PM IST
Live Telecast: Sony Six, Sony Ten 3
Live streaming: Sony LIV