Pro Kabaddi 7: Cracker from a final in perspective

AHMEDABAD: The Pro Kabaddi League ( PKL ) you will get a new champion in Season 7 when Bengal Warriors faces Dabang Delhi in what should be a cracker of a final here on Saturday.

Delhi, which led the stage of the domesticated marathon league Bengaluru Bulls , while the Bengal Warriors passed by U Mumba in the other semifinal.

All eyes will be on the young raider from Delhi, Naveen Kumar, who has been on a roll. I am excited to play my first final. I don't feel the pressure in any situation, Naveen said, confident.

Delhi will also feature the experienced Vishal Mane, who previously played four finals for two different teams. Our defenders, especially Ravinder Pahal and Jogender Narwal, have done extremely well in the tournament. We have to be great and keep pace and momentum for the last few minutes, said Mane, who has anchored to Delhi efficiently.

For the Bengal Warriors, the Maninder Singh trio, Sukesh Hegde and the Iranian Mohammad Nabibaksh have the key to their fortune. I am completely fit and ready to play the final, Maninder said, adding that he was confident that the assailants Sukesh and Nabibakhsh will play in their form and potential.

The Warriors had invested heavily in Nabibaksh at the beginning of the season, at the expense of South Korean Jan Kun Lee, a regular during the first six seasons.

Nabibaksh, a member of the gold winning team of the Jakarta Asian Games in Iran, has paid faith with a brilliant and complete performance and is now determined to reach gold in his first season in the league.

Sukesh will be just as eager to excel in front of his 'home' crowd, having played for Gujarat Fortunegiants for a few seasons and led them in Season 5. He was instrumental in Bengal's thrilling two-point victory over U Mumba in the second semifinal and will look to produce another match-winning performance.

I still remember the singing of 'Sukesh, Sukesh' fans reverberating in the stadium, the soft-spoken assailant said, hoping to get similar support in the title clash.