The team has been looking for a complete overhaul, especially in the defense section. Steelers have retained only one defender, Chand Singh from the existing squad. Other retentions include star raider Vikash Kandola, Vinay, and Vikas Chhillar.
The Steelers have poached upon Gujarat Giants all-rounder Rohit Gulia, making him the most expensive all-rounder for this season, at ₹83 lakhs. Joining him will be Brijendra Singh Chaudhary, who will be making his debut at the PKL this season.
It seems that all-rounders have been the focus for the team management this season, as they have picked up other players like Ajay Ghanghas, Rajesh Narwal, Vikas Jaglan, and the Iranian, Hamid Nader. With 6 all-rounders from the 14 players they bought this season, the Steelers have the highest number of all-rounders in its squad for the season, compared to other teams.
The Pirates have been the most successful team in PKL history, winning the title on three occasions. They will be hoping to once again rise up the ranks and secure their 4th championship. We think they have made a positive start in that direction with some great retentions and acquisitions.
The retained players include Neeraj Kumar, who has been one of the most dependable defenders from the previous season, as well as Monu. To strengthen the raiding department further, the team has brought in 4 world-class raiders in the form of Sachin Tanwar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Manu Goyat, and Jang Kun Lee.
The defense department will be looked after by some relatively new players, which include Shubham Shinde, Sourav Gulia, and left corner Sandeep. The only known names in defense are Sunil and Neeraj Kumar, and it will be their responsibility to groom the new players.
Vikash Kandola is the highest scorer for Haryana Steelers, with 423 raid points. He was also among the top ten raiders for the previous two seasons.
Jang Kun Lee is the most successful overseas raider in PKL history, with 471 points in 106 appearances
The all-rounder heavy Haryana Steelers may have an upper hand on the relatively inexperienced defense of the Pirates. Both teams are effectively starting from scratch and there can be some starting troubles as the teams find the right balance. Having experience on the mat during such a time is massively beneficial and once again, the Haryana Steelers seem to have the edge there as well.
Bet on Haryana Steelers to win.