The opening night of Pro Kabaddi Season 6 will see two big fixtures as Tamil Thalaivas plans to knock out three-time champions Patna Pirates with a hope to break their form and confidence in the first match itself.
It will be an exciting contest mainly keeping in mind that Patna Pirates will come into the match on the back of a five-game unbeaten streak in the closing stages of Season 5 which saw them lift the trophy. But interestingly their last loss came at the hand of Tamil Thalaivas in Match 124 of Season 5. The Thalaivas also hold an advantage as the host team has won the opening game in four out of the five seasons held so far.
With big names like Ajay Thakur, Manjeet Chhillar and Jasvir Singh in their ranks, the Thalaivas have a bank of experience to draw from. They also have good pressure raiders like Sukesh Hegde and Surjeet Singh to further strengthen the raiding department. In defence, Amit Hooda will combine with youngsters Darshan J. and C. Arun, both of whom impressed in Season 5. All-rounder D. Pradap also displayed a good fighting spirit in his Season 5 debut and it will be interesting to see how he develops in the coming season.
What could possibly heat up the match is when a man with the most Tackle points in the history of Pro Kabaddi will lock horns with the man with the most Raid Points in a single Pro Kabaddi season. Narwal surely holds the edge but one should expect more from one-man-army Chillar.
While taking a look at the key players from both the teams, Ajay Thakur from Tamil Thalaivas was the third most successful raider in Season 5 with 213 Raid Points in 22 matches and was well known for his never-say-die spirit. Deepak Narwal had an excellent campaign with Bengal Warriors in Season 5 and his return to Patna Pirates shows just how much confidence the champions have in his ability. His skillful raiding could see him become more than just a supporting raider to Pardeep Narwal if he gets stuck in.