The team from the famous city of Hyderabad – Telugu Titans are unfortunately one of the least successful teams in the Pro Kabaddi League. In fact from the ‘Class of 2014’, the Titans have made it to the semi-finals/playoffs just twice in the league – Only Dabang Delhi have a worse record of the eight founding members.
However, every cloud has a silver lining. With the combo of star raider Siddharth Desai and Iranian powerhouse defender Abozar Mohajer Mighani, the team certainly looks a force to reckon with in the 2019 season. Unsurprisingly, Telugu Titans will certainly be hoping for their first playoff appearance since 2016. Here is everything you need to know about Telugu Titans:
About Telugu Titans
|Captain||Abozar Mohajer Mighani|
|Home Ground||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad / Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Vizag|
Telugu Titans Team Squad 2019
|Name||Playing position||Age||Price (₹ Lakh)|
|C. Arun||Defender - Left Corner||26||10|
|Manish||Defender - Left Cover||21||7.26|
|Akash Choudhary||Defender - Right Corner||21||7.26|
|Mula Siva Ganesh Reddy||Raider||20||6|
|Siddharth Sirish Desai||Raider||27||145|
|Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan||All-Rounder||30||21.50|
History: Telugu Titans
One of the founding members of the Pro Kabaddi League in 2014, Telugu Titans are the second least successful team of the eight teams. With just two semi-final appearances, in the second and fourth season, the Titans have hardly set the league on fire. The team became a household name despite their failure to generate results, all thanks to the highest point scorer in PKL’s history Rahul Chaudhari. The Raid Machine has won 876 points in 100 matches he played for the Titans over six seasons.
The Titans are owned by the Veera Sports, a company co-owned by a number of industrialists who came together to promote Kabaddi in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Veera Sports is owned by Mr. Srinivas Sreeramaneni of Vaya Group, Mr. Mahesh Kolli of Greenko Group and Mr. Goutham Reddy Nedurumalli of NED Group.
Vaya and Greenko Group, of the co-owners of the team, are major sponsors of Telugu Titans. VATS, the Indian Sports brand is the kit manufacturer for the team from Hyderabad. Radio City 91.1 FM, Mera Hoardings and Events Now are some of the partners of the Titans.
Coach of Telugu Titans
Telugu Titans are the only team in the Pro Kabaddi League with a non-Indian head coach. Gholamreza Mazandarani of Iran will train the Titans for the upcoming season. Despite being the only odd man out, Gholamreza has more than impressive coaching resume as he helped the Iranian National team to the Gold at the 2018 Asian Games.
The former Iran international also has the prior experience of coaching in the Pro Kabaddi League. He coached U Mumba in the sixth season, as they finished second in Zone A before losing in the first eliminator.
Performance in PKL : Telugu Titans
As if it hasn’t been mentioned before – Telugu Titans have hardly had a season to remember in the league so far. Apart from the semi-final appearances in 2015 and July 2016, the Titans have been simply below par.
The Titans started the Pro Kabaddi League with six wins out of 14 in the very first season. But five losses and three tied games really made life difficult for them towards the business end of the season, as they missed out on a semi-final berth by just 3 points.
The Hyderabad-based franchise finished 5th on the table with 45 points, just three behind the 4th place Patna Pirates. Rahul Chaudhari was the team’s best player with 151 raid points throughout the season, second-best in the league.
After missing out on a top-four finish in the previous season, the Titans made sure there were no such mishaps this time around. With eight wins and three tied games, Telugu Titans finished second in the group stages. They scored 50 points and had the score difference of 85, more than any other team in the double round-robin format.
But it wasn’t their year once again, as they lost an intense and a closely fought semi-final against Bengaluru Bulls by just one point. They did finish the season on a sweet note, with a 34-26 victory against Patna Pirates in the third-place game.
Rahul Chaudhari lead the team with 98 raid points, once again the second-best in the league. Sandeep Kandola with his 59 tackle points scored just one point less than the season’s best defender. But the duo could not lead the Titans to their first-ever final.
After a great second season, the Titans once again slid down to the fifth spot in the table. The team won seven and lost seven of their 14 games and finished with 38 points. But this time, they were good nine points behind the fourth-place Bengal Warriors.
Rahul Chaudhari – the only constant in the Titans team was the team’s best raider once again with 87 points.
The trend of fifth and second finishes continued for the Titans in the fourth season of the Pro Kabaddi League. With eight wins in 14 games, Telugu Titans were one of the best teams of the season and finished 2nd in the group stages.
With 50 points accumulated, the Titans finished just two points behind the table-toppers Patna Pirates. The Titans faced a defeat in the semi-final once again as they lost 24-34 to the inaugural champions. Unlike the second season, Telugu Titans lost the third-place game this season, losing 35-40 to Puneri Paltan.
Rahul Chaudhari finished the season with the league-best 146 points and became the first player in Pro Kabaddi League’s history to score 400 points in total. Sandeep Narwal was Telugu’s best defender with 42 tackle points.
With the addition of four new teams, Telugu Titans were drafted in Zone B for the fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League. But it turned out to be a disastrous season for them with 12 defeats in 22 games. The Titans won just 7 games and finished 5th in Zone B with 52 points, eight behind the play-off qualification scenario.
Vishal Bhardwaj became the new defending superstar for the team with 71 tackle points in 22 games, third-best in the league. But there was hardly a new face in the attacking department with Rahul Chaudhari scoring 184 raid points.
The Titans won eight and lost 13 games in the sixth season, only to finish 5th in Zone B once again. They collected 51 points in 22 games, six less than the third-place UP Yoddha. It was the second season in a row the Titans failed to qualify for the play-offs. Vishal Bhardwaj was the team’s best defender once again with 60 tackle points.
— Telugu Titans (@Telugu_Titans) April 12, 2019
Telugu Titans retained Armaan, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan and Krushna Madane for the seventh season. They also used the FBM card to buy back Vishal Bhardwaj. But the biggest setback for the Titans came when they had to part ways with Rahul Chaudhari after six seasons.
The Titans signed Siddharth Desai for ₹1.45 crore, making him the most expensive player in the 2019 auction. The 27-year old was the third-best raider last season with 218 raid-points in 21 matches.
Home Stadium of Telugu Titans
The Titans are one of the few teams to have two stadiums in two different cities. They have their main home stadium at Hyderabad, the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium. They have another stadium at Vizag, where they play a few of their games, Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
The 2019 season will start with the first leg at Hyderabad where the Titans will kick off the seventh edition of the Pro Kabaddi League against 2015 champions U Mumba. After missing out on the play-offs twice in the last two seasons, the Titans will hope to be in the top six this time. They have spent a lot of money in the auction and will hope that it pays off by the end of the season.