A kabaddi team consists of specialists like raiders and defenders, but the real unsung heroes of the squad who can mould themselves according the need of the team are the all-rounders. This year, we have three talented all-rounders in our squad - Hadi Oshtorak, Anil Gulia and Rohit Gulia. Let’s know a few details about them:
He was one of the finds for us last season and started impressively scoring 9 points against U Mumba in only his 3rd PKL match. He failed to capitalize on his start and was overshadowed by the exploits of Sachin Tanwar. We have shown faith in him by retaining him for PKL 6 and his all-round capabilities will once again be tested as the new season comes to the fore. His experience last year will be beneficial for him and the team. Also, he is one of the most reliable players in the squad and a go to man during crisis. Rohit certainly promises a lot and fans will only expect him to double up on his last year’s performances.
The Iranian has been in Pro Kabaddi since the second season and has a total of 37 matches under his belt. He has previously played for teams like U Mumba and Patna Pirates and has impressed one and all with his defensive abilities. Be it ankle holds, thigh holds, or double thigh holds, he has every trick up his sleeve. In the 4 seasons he has played in the league, he has amassed 57 tackle points and 58 total points.
His defensive abilities have made him a regular in the Iran national side and he has represented them in international tournaments like the Asian Games and the Kabaddi World Cup. In the recent Asian Games, he was an authoritative figure in the Iran team and made a significant contribution as they clinched the gold medal.
Anil is one of the 7 NYP’s in our side and the only NYP all-rounder in the team. As our coach is in favour of giving more playing time, direction and confidence to youngsters, it’s safe to say that he is probably in the right hands. Hailing from Haryana, he started playing kabaddi after watching senior players perform in local and global tournaments. An alumnus of SAI, Sonipat, Anil is hopeful of replicating the same form as his kabaddi idols.