New Delhi: Pro Kabaddi champions Jaipur Pink Panthers beat PuneriPaltan 33-25 in a Pro Kabaddi league match. Captain Deepak Niwas Hooda was once again the star for the Pink Panthers, picking nine raid points and marshalling his troops well throughout the match.
With Nitin Tomar securing a bonus point for the Mumba side. But Deepak Hooda, arguably the most improved Kabaddi athlete in the recent years, secured a raid point immediately for the Panthers with his signature hand touch and in the process sent Paltan’s star raider Tomar to the bench.
Paltan struggled from thereon, too many blunders in defence resulting in a high frequency of successful raids for the Pink Panthers.
The season one champions secured their first all-out of the match in the 16th minute and the restart wasn’t too different for the Paltans after a raid by Deepak Hooda sent both their defenders Girish Ernak and Shubham Shinde out. The half ended with a healthy 6-point lead for the Jaipur Pink Panthers (17-11).
Captain for Jaipur Pink Panthers, Deepak Hooda said, “Our entire team performed to the fullest. We executed our game plan exactly the way we wanted it when the defenders and the raiders both give their 100% into the game, the result is always positive.”
Nitin Tomar’s presence on the mat, three well-executed super tackles and coach Anup Kumar’s calm influence at the dugout were simply not enough for Paltan against a well-organised Panthers side who certainly lived up to the preseason billing as a favourite to win the title.
The result catapulted the Jaipur side to third in the Pro Kabaddi points table while Paltans continued to languish at the bottom.