Pro Kabaddi Season 7 Team Preview: Since their introduction in Pro Kabaddi League in Season 5, Gujarat Fortune Giants have emerged as one of the most competitive teams in the league. True to their name, Gujarat Fortune Giants have many giant-killers present in their roster, and they have stunned the well-established powerhouses in the league within two years.
In the two seasons that Fortune Giants have played- Season 5 and Season 6, they ended up as runners-up on both occasions. Once again in Season 7, they will start their campaign as one of the strong contenders to win the Pro Kabaddi League title and will hope that fortune favors the giants time around.
What Gujarat Fortunegiants Did in Season 6?
Fortune Giants reached the finals for the second consecutive time where they lost to the champions Bengaluru Bulls. They performed brilliantly throughout the season but failed to handle the storm named Pawan Kumar Sehrawat in the final.
How Did the Auctions go for Fortunegiants?
Prior to the auctions, the Gujarat-based outfit decided to retain the services of the superstars Sachin Tanwar and their Season 6 captain Sunil Kumar Malik.
Fortune Giants had no intentions of letting go Parvesh Bhainswal as the management decided to use FBM card on him at an enormous price of ₹75 lakhs and kept their core intact.
Fortune Giants bought back Ruturaj Koravi for ₹30.5 lakhs who performed wonderfully in his debut season and to support him in the left corner they bought an NYP player hailing from Haryana, Sonu Gahlawat for ₹6 lakhs.
Fortune Giants added more firepower to their raiding department in the form of GB More for ₹21.25 lakhs and the Iranian Abolfazl Maghsoudlou Mahali for ₹15.75 lakhs.
Gujarat also signed three quality all-rounders to add further steel to their squad. They acquired the services of Pankaj and Vinod Kumar and Shazid Hossain from Bangladesh who will support the Rohit Gulia in the department.
On the defensive front, the Fortune Giants spent ₹17.25 lakhs on the right cover defender Amit Kharb.
The cover duo alliance between Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal will yet again be on display for the Fortune Giants. Also, Vinod Kumar’s presence in the defensive unit, along with the fearless Ruturaj Koravi could be a huge driving point for the Giants in Season 7.
While the Gujarat Fortune Giants seem to have covered all the bases on the on paper, the only issue would be to observe who they would fit into the left corner and left-in positions. With both Abolfazl and More GB the keen tacklers, there will be an added pressure on Vinod Kumar.
How are the Foretunegiants Looking?
A good blend of old and new.
Fortune Giants have managed to keep the team’s core intact as they have got Sachin, Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal in their side. Furthermore, the additions of GB More and Abolfazl Maghsoudlou Mahali as support raiders will take the pressure off from Sachin, which might prove to be a game-changer for the team.
What to Expect from Gujarat Fortunegiants in Season 7?
Gujarat Fortune Giants have it all what it takes to qualify for the playoffs this time around as well. But if they could handle the pressure of the playoffs stage and get the third-time-lucky is remaining to be seen.
Players to Watch out for:
Sunil Kumar: The skipper of the Ahmedabad-based franchise, Gujarat Fortune Giants, Sunil Kumar has picked 133 defense points in 50 matches during his career in the Pro Kabaddi League. Kumar’s alliance with Parvesh Bhainswal will yet again be in focus in Season 7, and he has to repeat his last seasons’ heroics if Fortunegiants have to cross the finals hurdle finally.
Sachin Tanwar: Sachin has been the face of Gujarat Fortune Giants ever since their introduction in the Pro Kabaddi League. The Rajasthani raider has 349 raid points in 47 matches in his Pro Kabaddi League career, and he once again will be the player in focus for the Fortunegiants.
Gujarat Fortunegiants Full Squad:
Raiders: Sachin Tanwar, Lalit Chaudhary, Gurvinder Singh, Abolfazl Magsoudloumahali, GB More, Sonu, and Abhishek
Defenders: Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Ruturaj Koravi, Sonu Gahlawat, and Amit
All-Rounders: Rohit Gulia, Vinod Kumar, Pankaj, and Mohammad Shazid Hossain
Probable Playing 7 for Gujarat Fortunegiants in Season 7:
Ruturaj Koravi (Right Corner), Vinod Kumar (Right In), Sunil Kumar (Right Cover), Sachin Tanwar (Center), Parvesh Bhainswal (Left Cover), GB More (Left In), and Sonu Gahlawat (Left Corner)