Puneri Paltan are going by means of certainly one of their worst performances in Professional Kabaddi League and have been positioned within the backside half of PKL 2019 workforce standings with 29 factors. They’ve received 4 of 14 matches performed to date and tied two. Puneri Paltan are a defence-heavy workforce with Girish Ernak and Sagar Krishna as finest corners whereas captain Surjeet Singh as certainly one of finest covers in PKL. Nevertheless, Ernak and Surjeet didn’t ship constantly this season. The raiding unit too didn’t make an impression. Star raider Nitin Tomar fared poorly after his return from harm, scoring 32 raid factors in seven matches.
Final season Puneri Paltan ended fourth of their zone and didn’t qualify for the playoffs. To reverse its fortunes, Pune’s administration named Anup Kumar, among the best kabaddi gamers India has ever produced, as head coach. As a participant, he had an illustrious profession with U Mumba (PKL-1 to PKL-5) and completed his profession with Jaipur Pink Panthers final season. With about 600 complete factors (527 raid factors + 69 deal with factors) to his title, Kumar is certainly one of PKL’s most achieved gamers. He additionally received a championship (PKL-2) and featured in three finals (PKL-1 to PKL-3). As Indian workforce captain, he led his facet to glory on the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, and in addition received the gold medal on the 2010 and 2014 Asian Video games.
In a telephonic interview with Enterprise Customary, Puneri Paltan coach Anup Kumar touched numerous features of his workforce’s efficiency and about his transition from participant to educate. Edited excerpts:
1) From taking part in final season to teaching a workforce on this one, inform us about your expertise.
Kabaddi is a sport that teaches you on daily basis. Teaching is a troublesome job. Nonetheless, I am attempting my finest. I speak about my teaching type with gamers and different senior coaches and so they say, “You should continue with your style.” As a complete, I really feel I am doing superb.
2) What’s probably the most tough factor about teaching?
As a participant, you do what the coach let you know. However now, as a coach, I need to level out the errors my gamers make and work with them to rectify them. It is a onerous job to make gamers behave the way in which I need them to. Typically, they grasp what I need, generally they do not. That’s the coach’s most tough job.
3) Failed tackles have been an issue level for Pune in a number of matches. How do you propose to repair that?
We now have been performing miserably, as everybody can see. The gamers aren’t doing justice to their expertise. Girish hasn’t been at his deadliest finest. Additionally, Nitin Tomar was unavailable for preliminary matches resulting from harm, although he’s now doing his finest to get again into the groove. Surjeet Singh’s efficiency has seen a whole lot of ups and downs. We had a whole lot of expectations from this trio initially of the season however their efficiency to date is not even 50 per cent of their potential. Regardless of the chances, we are going to put a spirited present within the remaining video games and look to e book a spot within the playoffs.
4) Other than Manjeet and Nitin Tomar, who do you suppose is the perfect raider among the many youthful lot?
Proper now, now we have Pankaj Mohite, and I financial institution on him. I used him principally in its place and he scored some essential raid factors. Aside from him, now we have Amit Kumar and New Younger participant (NYP) in Sushant Sail, who additionally did nicely in patches. I see a shiny future for each of them in kabaddi.
5) Total, the matches this season have been dominated by defence. How come?
The gamers’ efficiency on the kabaddi mat is determined by video evaluation (performed forward of the match). We sit down as a workforce and undergo the movies of opponent raiders and defenders. All of the groups are doing it and the one which is ready to implement it on the mat first is profitable. Like Pawan Sehrawat advised me, the success mantra on the Kabaddi mat is not only about bodily health and expertise. A lot is determined by how a participant’s thoughts works on the mat in a given scenario.