The thrill is building as the much-awaited Pro Kabaddi League PKL 2023 season is near. Teams are preparing to show their retentions before Mumbai’s PKL season 10 Auction on September 8 and 9.
Before the Pro Kabaddi League PKL 2023 auction, each team declared the category of their own players. Players get a place into different categories as per their abilities. While the teams can retain only two players from each category, the new players will play for the same squad.
In this blog, we will look analyze the Bengal Warriors and the top 3 players that they can retain ahead of season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2023: Bengal Warriors Full Review
Bengal Warriors (BEN) is a Pro Kabaddi League kabaddi team based in Kolkata, West Bengal. They won the trophy for the first time in 2019 after beating Dabang Delhi. Maninder Singh is the current captain, and Kasinatha Baskaran is the coach. The squad plays its home games at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
Based on the format of the Indian Premier League, the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is an organised pro-Kabaddi league in India. In 2014, the league’s first season saw eight teams from different Indian cities. Bengal Warriors is a team based in Kolkata that belongs to the Future Group and is funded by Kishore Biyani.
The team’s first two seasons were not successful. But as they qualified for the playoffs in 2016, the team’s stats grow from the third season. However, after a dismal Pro Kabaddi League season in 2016 (June), they changed their team. Following that, the squad regularly made the playoffs in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively.
By defeating U Mumba in The Arena in 2019, they got a first-ever PKL final match. They had a 3-11 deficit in the final game versus Dabang Delhi. Without their captain Maninder Singh, who had a shoulder injury in the league stage. They still managed to mount a great comeback and prevail by a score of 39-34. Because of this, they won the first PKL title.
Bengal Warriors saw many great individual hits that showed the players’ great potential and skills, despite the team’s dismal show.
The Bengal Warriors’ management now wants to turn the tide and lead them to victory in PKL 10. They know how vital it is to develop a strong team around their main players in order to get this.
Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2023: 3 Players Bengal Warriors can retain for PKL 10 Season
1. Maninder Singh (Category A)
Maninder Singh is one of the best raiders in Pro Kabaddi League history. He led the Bengal Warriors with his unique raiding abilities. Maninder had a great PKL 9 season, placing him among the top five raiders because of his skills and lethal prowess in his raids.
Maninder showed his raiding skills in 21 games, doing an incredible 11 super raids—the season’s joint-highest total—and earning 14 super 10s. His prowess as a raider is shown by his total of 238 raid points at an average of 11.33 raid points per match and a 50% successful raid rate.
Maninder Singh is Bengal Warriors’ lock to stay on the squad. His presence on the mat is crucial to the team’s raiding unit as they get ready for PKL 10.
2. Girish Ernak (Category B)
As one of the best and most dangerous defenders in the Pro Kabaddi League, Girish Ernak has huge expertise on the pitch. He is a great force in Bengal Warriors’ defence because of his capacity to take on raiders by himself.
Girish had a successful season in the PKL 9 with 18 caps, one great tackle, and four high-fives. With a 44 percent tackle success rate and a total of 51 tackle points, they made 2.83 successful tackles on average per game. He still gives hugely to the defence of the group, primarily manning the left corner.
As PKL 10 is near, Bengal Warriors will need to get an impenetrable defence.
3. Shubham Shinde (Category B)
In PKL 9, Bengal Warriors right-corner defender Shubham Shinde excelled and was a vital cog in Girish Ernak’s defensive unit. He’s expected to take charge of the defence this time and show his leadership skills.
Shubham had a great season before that, with 20 caps, hitting four great tackles, and earning one High 5. He showed his ability to stop raiders with a total of 43 tackle points at an average of 2.15 successful tackles per match and a tackle success rate of 42%.
Shubham Shinde, a crucial player for Bengal Warriors in PKL 10, can boost their defence in PKL 10.