Our coach Manpreet Singh has always believed in nurturing young talent and creating heroes out of them. He also believes in a mix of talented youngsters coupled with some experienced men in the defence. In the auction, the management decided to bank on familiar foreign faces in the Pro Kabaddi league rather than recruit newbies which would seldom be used. The Iranian all-rounder Hadi Oshtorak and the South Korean raider Dong Geon Lee were bought at the auction, who fit the bill perfectly.
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 2018, in which, he was an authoritative figure in the Iran team and made a significant contribution as they clinched their Asian Games gold medal in Kabaddi.
Dong Geon Lee
Season 5 of the Pro Kabaddi league was Dong Geon Lee’s debut season in which he impressed one and all with his pace while playing for the Tamil Thalaivas. He is one of those raiders who keeps the defenders on their toes time and again and has tremendous escaping abilities when pursued. In his first season, he scored a total 29 raid points in 17 matches and was helpful to the team in crucial situations.
His performance in the Pro Kabaddi League earned him a spot in the South Korea team in the recent Asian Games where they clinched the silver medal.
With the addition of these talented players, our defence and raiding departments look like a force to be reckoned with.