by Geo Sebastian
The Le Panga and Thigh Five time is back again on Indian prime time. The second season of Kabaddi league has begun from where the first edition had ended, with the continuation of phenomenal TRP ratings and amazing viewership.
Last year’s finalist U Mumba clearly seems to be emerging as one of the top teams in the 2015 season. The Mumbai franchise was hindered by injuries to their key players Shabeer Shafurdheen and main defender Jeeva Kumar half way through the tournament last year. Though the Orange and black clad team lost against Jaipur Pink Panthers in a well-fought final, they are hoping to go all the way and grab the pot of gold this time around.
The start of the second edition of the caravan-styled tournament has shown that the Unilazer Sports promoted team has done their homework and are looking wiser from all the experience of the inaugural edition. The ‘Mumboys’ as the players are lovingly called by the fans, are all pumped up and their level of confidence is bolstered by the return of all their stars for the second season. They are unbeaten so far with six wins in a row and are at the top of the league table.
The Mumbai team has a blend of youth and experience with a variety of skills and dexterity at their disposal. Their marquee players include raider Anup Kumar – the current vice-captain of the Indian Kabaddi National team who was instrumental in the India team winning gold at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games and was the most valuable player of 2014 pro kabaddi season.
Supporting Anup Kumar ably are defender Vishal Mane, the best defender of season one, Jeeva kumar, who has played for India in the South Asian Games 2014 and Shabbir Babu Sharafuddin, another India international who had missed out after being injured last year.
Having bolstered their defence by the signing of Fazel Atrachali, the tenacious Iran Captain and with young talented players like Mohit Chillar, Rishank Devadiga and Surinder Nada, U-Mumba are a formidable side on their way to success.
The UTV-owned team has gone through a strict discipline & fitness training before the tournament commenced. With a protein filled diet and weight training exercises, the physically challenging regimen has made the players more agile and stronger.
Do not miss their matches, live or on TV, and watch out for their mix of brilliant tactical moves.
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