PUNE: The 31-21 victory against Telugu Titans have given Bengaluru Bulls the much needed push and confidence in Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 5 as the Bengaluru outfit prepare to play their matches at Mankapur Indoor Stadium in Nagpur.
The Bengaluru team had to shift their base Kanteerava Stadium at the last moment which has been their home ground right from the inception of the league.
The Bengaluru outfit finished in the top 4 in the first two editions of the PKL and is coached by Randhir Singh, an Arjuna Awardee.
They were the finalists of PKL-2 and lost final against U Mumba.
Things took a U-turn for Bengaluru in Season-3 and Season-4 as they managed to get seventh and sixth place respectively.
Speaking to Sakal Times, coach Randhir Singh spoke about how he will miss the home venue especially the home crowd.
“There was an issue because of some basketball tournament happening at the home venue (Kanteerava Stadium). We had to face a lot of problem because of this. We had to change things at short notice.”
“Even the players were upset because of the sudden change in venue. They wanted to give a good performance in front of their own crowd which sadly cannot happen now. Yes the shift in venue has been upsetting,” Singh informed.
When asked about his views about the star pair of Rohit Kumar and Ajay Kumar, Singh said “They have been very impressive in training. They have a very good understanding in between them.”
“They play at one place (Services) because of which there is good bonding between them. Both have worked hard during the pre-season training. They see to it that all the aspects of the game have been covered in training.”
“Rohit has received intense coaching for one month as he is the captain. I always tell him that don’t take too much of load which will effect the game. I am happy that in the first match itself he was a very good captain,” Singh added.
When quizzed about how important winning the six matches in Nagpur will be, Singh said “Winning the six matches is very important but no one can predict that we will win all six matches. Look what happened with the Telugu team. All the 12 teams are equal. All the teams have equally prepared for the event. We will give our best performance to win every match.”
August 4 Bengaluru Bulls v Tamil Thalaivas (8pm)
Puneri Paltan v Dabang Delhi KC (9pm)
August 5 U Mumba v Dabang Delhi KC (8pm)
Bengaluru Bulls v UP Yoddha (9pm)
August 6 Bengal Warriors v UP Yoddha (8pm)
Bengaluru Bulls v Patna Pirates (9pm)
August 7 Rest day
August 8 Gujarat Fortunegiants v Haryana Steelers (8pm)
Bengaluru Bulls v Telugu Titans (9pm)
August 9 Bengaluru Bulls v Bengal Warriors (8pm)
August 10 Puneri Paltan v Jaipur Pink Panthers (8pm)
Bengaluru Bulls v Tamil Thalaivas (9pm)
Venue: Mankapur Indoor Stadium, Nagpur