The match between Dabang Delhi and Patna Pirates was seen as a raiding slugfest between Pardeep Narwal and Naveen, where both of them excelled. Looking at how the game panned out, the pendulum tilts slightly in favour of Pardeep Narwal. Though Patna Pirates put in a valiant effort, they went down at the hands of Dabang Delhi.
All in all, it was a historic day for Dabang Delhi as they won their fourth consecutive match at the home leg setting a new record of most wins at home leg surpassing U Mumba with 2 victories.
Naveen too became the fastest raider to reach 300 raid points surpassing Maninder Singh, he took only 33 matches to achieve the milestone. He also broke Pardeep Narwal record of most super 10’s in a season, he scored his 9th consecutive super 10 of the season 7.
This was also the 100th match for Ravindra Pahal at the Pro Kabaddi League.
In the post-match press conference, Dabang Delhi coach Krishan Hooda, captain Joginder Singh Narwal took questions for their team.
Question– You broke Pardeep Narwal’s record. What do you have to say about the performance in the home leg?
Naveen – I feel great breaking 2 records, winning 4 matches at home leg was great. I would thank my coach for rectifying my technique and I feel great about giving 100% to the team everyone. I would thank everyone, who supported me.
Question– Naveen what are your strengths that make you different from others?
Naveen – This is second season, last season wasn’t that great. My coach worked on my fitness and technique and inspired to perform despite all odds. My captain and coach asked me to believe in my abilities
(Coach interrupts and states, “he plays from heart and is liked by everyone. Look at his talent, age, face and weight. He is by the far the best, but don’t say these words on Naveen face.”)
Question– You looked under pressure in the second half?
Naveen – No I wasn’t under any pressure, but you have to take the team together. Yes, we made some mistakes, and we are building a strategy to combat that. Patna also bounced back, but eventually we won the match, and we are happy about it.