Pawan Kumar Sehrawat gave us a taste of what to expect in the all-stars match before PKL 2019 actually began. He is looking as sharp as ever and defenders are going to have a hard time stopping him from running riot.
There is going to be added responsibility on the shoulders of Pawan Kumar Sehrawat this time around since Kashiling Adake is no longer a part of the Bengaluru Bulls squad. That is a big loss and is going to be hard to overcome.
Adake was an integral part of the trio that the Bengaluru Bulls had put together with Rohit Kumar being the third.
Rohit Kumar did start to take more responsibility towards the end of last season but the Bengaluru Bulls have an untested third raider going into the Pro Kabaddi League 2019.
The defense is going to be led by Mahender Singh who was the highest tackle points scorer for the Bulls last season. He is going to have the support of Amit Sheoran, Vijay Kumar, and Raju Lal Chaudhary in the defense around him.
The Bengaluru Bulls will need to keep a check on Pardeep Narwal but also be aware of the other potent threats around him.
Pardeep Narwal holds the record of having the most raid points in the Pro Kabaddi League and is widely respected but there seems to be a sense that his time at the top is coming to an end. Younger, faster, and more athletic raiders have started cropping up in the PKL and are challenging the old master.
We think the story of the Patna Pirates is going to be about Pardeep Narwal this year. We don’t think he is ready to cede the crown just yet and is going to fight for every single victory. He has been given a lot of backup this year by the management.
The presence of Jang Kun Lee and Mohammad Esmael Magsoudlou is going to be of great help to Narwal. Not only will it take the pressure off of him but it will also ensure that the Patna Pirates have an attacking option on the mat at all times.
There is a lot of excitement around the Iranian and even though he has never played in the PKL before, we expect him to make an immediate impact.
The defense for the Patna Pirates is going to be led by Jaideep and Jawahar Dagar with Vikas Jaglan as the floater.
<H3>Dream11 team and Dream11 Predictions for Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates<H3>
There is no doubt that the Dream11 team for Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates has to be based around the two big raiders on each side. Fitting all the big players into your Dream11 team for Pro Kabaddi can be challenging since the big name players are significantly more expensive than the lesser known ones and eat into your points quota very quickly.
We think we have fond a nice balance, though.
We have picked Mahendar Singh, Jaideep, and Vijay Kumar from this category. This selection gives us the highest tackle point scorer from each side and a near-certain starter.
All-rounder: The availability of an all-rounder of the quality of Vikas Jaglan for 13.5 points is just too good to pass up. He is versatile enough to play defense on either side of the mat and can attack when needed as well.
Raiders: We have once again managed to fit in Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Pardeep Narwal, and Mohammad Esmael Maghsoudlou in one Dream11 team. The Iranian is unproven and little known at this point and so is available for just 13 points. We don’t think this is going to last and he is going to increase in price very soon.
<H3>Dream11 picks for Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates<H3>
• Mahender Singh
• Vijay Kumar
• Vikas Jaglan
• Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (c)
• Pardeep Narwal (vc)
• Mohammad Esmael Maghsoudlou
In a match that is going to headlined by the star raiders, we think the lead defender of either team is going to be key. Mahender Singh scored 63 tackle points in the previous season while Jaideep scored 58 for the Patna Pirates.
The performance of both of these players is going to be very important.
Every match in the Pro Kabaddi League is close and it can de difficult to call at the start of the tournament. Looking at the reinforcements that the Patna Pirates have made in the off season and the over-reliance of the Bnegaluru Bulls on Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, we are backing the Patna Pirates to start off with a win.
Bet on the Patna Pirates to win.