Third match of first day of Pro Kabaddi league season 8, last year champions Bengal Warriors will begin their title defense as they go against UP Yoddha in their opening game of the Pro Kabaddi League 2021.
The UP Yoddha finished third in previous edition of Pro Kabaddi league and will be looking for revenge game against warriors as they defeated UP Yoddha 45-48 in eliminator and were out of the tournament so the opening win against the defending champions will give them a head start for the new season.
Our #vivoProKabaddi title defence begins TONIGHT against U.P. Yoddha 🔥
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— Bengal Warriors (@BengalWarriors) December 22, 2021
Although, UP Yoddha made the highest biding of Rs. 1.65 CR as they signed Pradeep Narwal which makes him the most expensive player in the league’s history after surpassing Monu Goyat’s record fee of Rs. 1.51 CR
Bengal Warriors vs UP Yoddha Match Details
Match: Bengal Warriors vs UP Yoddha, Match 3rd, Pro Kabaddi League 2021
Date and Time: December 22, 2021, Wednesday, 9:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheraton Grand, Whitefield, Bengaluru
Bengal Warrior vs UP Yoddha Key Players
Raider: Pradeep Narwal
Raider Pardeep Narwal smashed an all-time record by becoming the highest-ever bought kabaddi player in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), after being bought by ‘UP Yoddha’ for Rs 1.65 crore.
Narwal was the biggest assest of three time champions Patna Pirates. As a result, Pradeep Narwal is being considered the best player to play Kabaddi. He has scored 1169 points during his career in the Pro Kabaddi league. Last season, Pradeep scored 302 raid points. Pradeep Narwal can turn the game at any direction with its game plan.
Defender: Nitesh Kumar
As we know UP Yoddha biggest strength is defense throughout last season as it was also important helping UP Yoddha grab a playoff spot last season. With best defender in the league Nitesh Kumar. He also made history back in the sixth season after scoring 100 tackle points, which is the highest for any player in a single season. In the same campaign, he made eight high-fives, which was the second-highest in the competition.
Raider: Maninder Singh
Bengal Warrior star Raider, Maninder Singh is one of the center piece for this warrior offence team. Though, Unfortunately Maninder Singh got injured and missed the knockouts stage, Maninder Singh also made an big impact which brought to the Bengal Warriors title-winning squad of 2019. Maninder scored 205 raid points, the fifth highest in the league and also scored 10 Super 10s.
Defender: Rinku Narwal
Rinku Narwal was one of the two solid defensive asset for the Bengal Warriors. The defender scored 64 tackle points during the 2019 campaign, sixth highest in the Pro Kabaddi league 2021.
Rinku Narwal’s leading defence team was a key factor for Warriors’ title march. In season 7, Rinku Narwal played the captaincy role in absence of Maninder singh tas he scored six tackle points during two crucial matches to win Bengal Warriors their first ever PKL title.
Sportzcraazy Prediction: Who will win today’s Match?
UP Yoddha are favorites with newly signed Pradeep Narwal and is expected to win this game.