Panchkula: The Haryana Steelers will be up against Bengaluru Bulls in Pro Kabaddi League season seven at their home stadium – Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula on Wednesday.
Haryana, who clinched a thriller in their previous game against Gujarat Fortunegiants to qualify for the playoffs, will certainly look to continue their good form. Haryana were behind Gujarat throughout the game, until Vikash Kandola pulled off an all-out in the dying minutes of the match. Haryana Steelers coach Rakesh Kumar said that the players executed their plans brilliantly.
“I am very happy that the team has qualified for the playoffs. The hard work put in by all the players has paid off. We have achieved our first target. The players held their nerve and executed their plans brilliantly against Gujarat. We will try our best to reach the final of Pro Kabaddi League season seven,” said Rakesh.
The Haryana Steelers will hold the upper hand when they face Bengaluru Bulls, since Haryana have beaten them earlier in the season. However, the Steelers will have to be wary of the raider duo of Rohit Kumar and Pawan Sehrawat. Haryana won a close encounter against Bengaluru this season and therefore all players will have to be at their best for the next match.
Rakesh Kumar expressed that the team’s immediate goals include winning both of their remaining home leg matches.
“At the moment, we are looking to win both of our remaining home leg matches. Many teams have not performed up to the mark during their home legs and therefore we will try to perform well in the upcoming matches at Panchkula. Hopefully, we will finish in the top two spots at the end of the league stage and qualify for the semi-finals directly,” said Rakesh.
ABOUT HARYANA STEELERS
The Haryana Steelers are one of the newest chapters in the sporting revolution of kabaddi in India. Owned by JSW Sports, the country’s foremost sports firm that has mentored and supported India’s finest athletes in the past decade, the Steelers are rooted at the ancient birthplace of kabaddi and a hotbed of talent, Haryana. The franchise stands for resilience, strength and tenacity.