Insidesport analyses Bengal Warriors, the Pro Kabaddi Team, in detail prior to the start of PKL 10.
Bengal Warriors, after two seasons of disappointing performances, aim to make a return in the Pro Kabaddi League in 2023. The Warriors chose Maninder Singh, a veteran player, to lead them for the upcoming season at the auction. InsideSport performs a SWOT Analysis of the team.
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Strengthening Your Body
Maninder will be the biggest strength of the team. The team showed their faith in him when they spent 2,12 crores. He has consistently scored more than 200 raid points over the last four years.
Bengal Warriors have also brought back Srikanth, who was also a member of the team in the previous season. This gives the team a good back-up to Maninder.
Shubham Shinde could also be bought back using the FBM card. The team will also have a strong corner combination with Nitin Rawal in the side.
The raiding is another area where Bengal Warriors are weak. Maninder has been the main raider for the team. This season also, the team is without any other big names in the department, except for Srikanth Jadhav.
In terms of defence, the cover position is weak. Vaibhav garje is relatively new, having only made his debut last year. Dipak Shinde Shreyas Umbardand, for example, will be playing in the league for the very first time. There is a relative lack of experience in defence.
This season, Shrikanth Jadhav has the chance to take the lead. Last season he was under the shadow of Maninder. This season he will be playing second fiddle. However, if he matches the performance Maninder then it will bode well for Shrikanth as a player. He has been in the league quite some time now.
The team has been dominated by the same prominent players for the past two seasons. The Bengal Warriors’ performance in the two previous seasons has been poor.
It will be interesting how the core group of players puts the past behind them and starts the campaign fresh.
Bengal Warriors – Squad
Raiders: Maninder Singh, Shrikant Jadhav, Suyog Gaikar, Guhan Raju, Parshant Kumar, Aslam Saja, Vishwas Gouda, Chai Ming Chang, Maharudra Garje, Nitin Kumar, Akshay Bodake
Defenders: Shubham Shinde, Vaibhav Garje, Akshay Kumar, Aditya Shinde, Shreyas Umbardand, Dipak Shinde
All-Rounders: Nitin Rawal, Akshay Bhoir.