Internet Desk: Pro Kabaddi League’s Kolkata based outfit Bengal Warriors is currently holding the top spot in Zone B. Last night they had won their first match at home against Patna Pirates in a thrilling encounter 41-38. They will play their second back to back match at home against UP Yoddhas today. Bengal last played against UP Yoddhas on August 6 at Nagpur where they won the match convincingly 40-20.
Ram Singh and Maninder Singh were the stars of the match for Bengal against Patna Pirates. Bengal’s Korean star raider Jang Kun Lee is playing really well for the side and they are really looking vulnerable as a unit.
Maninder Singh has joined the Bengal Warriors side for a whooping amount of 45.5 lakh from Jaipur Pink Panthers.
“My job is to attack the opponents every time. Due to my instinct of the attacking mentality many times my side have lost points too, but my coach always backed me by saying that it’s your natural game and don’t change it for anything. I always like to raid from the front. In our last encounter with the UP Yoddhas we played really well and I think the team will repeat that performance again today,” said Maninder while talking to www.xtratime.in correspondent Sabyasachi Bagchi.
Ran Singh was the star against UP Yoddha’s during their last face-off as he completed six tackles against UP and gave his side five crucial points.”My coach always backs to play freely. The last match against Patna was one of the toughest matches of my career. At one stage everybody thought that we would lose the match the team needed 10 points in the last round. After winning the match last night the whole team has started believing that we can do something special in this season,” said Ran Singh.
Korean star raider Jang Kun Lee has been with the side since 2014.“I won the Bronze medal for South Korea in the 2013 Asian Games. At my early age I used to play Judo as it was a sport which was very popular in South Korea. Kabaddi was not that famous in Korea at that time. My skills improved a lot while playing judo. In the year 2002 Kabaddi was included in Busan Asian Games and from that point of time the craze of Kabaddi started to grow in South Korea,” said Lee.
“We had a dream that our team would play the final in the 2013 Asian Games against India. But unfortunately we lost in the semi-finals.”
On being asked about the style of play between Indian and South Korean kabaddi, the star raider added,”The Indian players always play the game with an attacking approach. They always play aggressively on the other hand we try to play the game with skill. While playing against the Indian players, we always feel that we could get injured as they play pretty roughly. But on the other hand the game against the will give you a lot of experience too”