We, at KreedOn, had an opportunity to talk with Gujarat Fortunegiants’ star defender Parvesh Bhainswal a few days ago. And he was proud of one crucial thing – the Young talent in the side. This was coming from a player who is just 22 years old. But he was on point. The kind of talent the Giants have is simply remarkable. Of course, Parvesh, skipper Sunil Kumar and Rohit Gulia have achieved so much at an early age. However, the Gujarat franchise, along with the head coach, Manpreet Singh, is not stopping at that. They are already working with a new batch of youngsters. Here are such three Gujarat Fortunegiants players to watch out for in season 7 of PKL:
Playing in his very first PKL season, Sonu Jalgan was bought by GFG for 10 lakhs. At 19, the raider is the youngster player in the Giants squad, but he is already making a name for himself.
The youngster made his Pro Kabaddi debut against defending champions Bengaluru Bulls and proved that 10 lakh might turn out to be a bargain by the end of the season. Sonu collected 5 raid points in that game in 5 raids at the strike rate of 100%.
And if his debut was remarkable, we’ll have to find a whole new word for his second game. Sonu collected 4 raid points in just 2 raids at the strike rate of 200%. (!) So far in his 5 games, the raider has collected 14 points at the strike rate of 82.35%.
While More GB and Sachin Tanwar will continue to be Gujarat’s first choice raiders, Sonu has also made a case for himself. The Giants can count on the 19-year old for this season as they look to get their hands on the trophy.
Just like Sonu, Ankit is also making his PKL debut this season. But the 20-year old hardly looks overwhelmed by the big stage. Ankit, the right-corner defender, has played a crucial role in Gujarat’s fearsome defence so far.
The 20-year old has picked eight tackle points in five games at the success rate of just over 50%. After failing to open his account in the 1st game against the Bulls, Ankit has managed to pick up at least a point in the next four games.
The defender has also managed two super tackles so far and will look to continue the same form for the rest of the season. In the team which has the likes of Parvesh and Sunil Kumar in defence, Ankit’s achievement, in the debut season, is noteworthy.
Parvesh wasn’t kidding when he said Gujarat Fortune Giants have a quality young squad. And here is yet another example of it. Sumit Malik, the 20-year-old defender, is also playing in his maiden PKL season. And just like the first two players in this list, he has played every Gujarat game so far. And he has created an impact in each one of them.
The left-corner defender has won eight tackle points in five games so far. Sumit impressed everyone in his debut game against the Bulls. The defender won 4 points in just six tackles to open his PKL points’ account.
Since then, Sumit has contributed to whatever limited time he has spent on the mat. With already a star-studded defence, it becomes difficult for young and inexperienced players to play a huge role. But that is where the Gujarat team is different. With Manpreet Singh as head coach, they believe in young players. And these three are definitely the ones to look out for.
(Stats based on first 33 games of PKL 7)