PKL 2021: Tamil Thalaivas to continue with coach J Udaya Kumar in PKL season 8 – Tamil Thalaivas announced that J Udaya Kumar will continue as their head coach for the upcoming season 8 of the Pro Kabaddi League. Last season he replaced Edachery Bhaskaran in the middle of the season and later step down after below-par perfomance by the side in PKL 7.
Tamil Thalaivas made it official with a post on their twitter account with a photo of Kumar and “𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙤𝙣, 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 We welcome back J. Udayakumar as our head coach for the 2021 #PKL Season #IdhuNammaAatam,” written in the caption.
Kumar has the experience of coaching teams like Telugu Titans and U.P. Yoddha in past PKL seasons. He renewed his contract with Thalaivas for another year. His team finished last in the previous season with just four wins in 22 matches in PKL 7 but still, the team mangement has shown faith in him. To begin with, the Kerala-based coach will have to assemble a good enough squad at the PKL Season 8 auction, which is scheduled between August 29 and 31.
𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙤𝙣, 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 💪🏼
— Tamil Thalaivas (@tamilthalaivas) August 29, 2021
J Udaya Kumar backed up players like V Ajith Kumar, M Abishek, and Sagar Rathee last season as the youngsters showed promise before the conclusion of PKL 7.
“A lot of players were away from the game for nearly two years. Only a few competitions were organised in India owing to the pandemic, so it has been difficult to assess the level of the players, especially the young ones. So, we are conducting trials to assess their performances. Then, we will sit for the auction,” told DT Next Udaya Kumar.
After retaining just three players ahead of PKL auction 2021, Tamil Thalaivas will be the most active franchise in this year’s auction as they have a lot of spots to fill. Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur and Manjeet Chhillar are some of the big names that they have let go of this year. Even after having few star players in their rank, they have finished last in all three seasons of PKL.
Tamil Thalaivas released players
- Rahul Chaudhari – Raider
- Ajay Thakur – Raider
- Anand – Raider
- Shabeer Bappu – Raider
- Ajith Kumar – Raider
- Vineet Sharma – Raider
- Yashwant Bishnoi – Raider
- Ajeet – Defender
- Ponparthiban Subramanian – Defender
- Mohit Chhillar – Defender
- Arif Robbani – Defender
- Manjeet Chhillar – All Rounder
- Hemant Chauhan – All Rounder
- Ran Singh – All Rounder
- Victor Obiero – All Rounder
Tamil Thalaivas Retained Players
- Existing New Young Players
- Sagar – Defender
- Himanshu – Defender
- M Abishek – Defender
Pro Kabaddi League Season 8- Tamil Thalaivas final league positions
- Season 5: 6th in Zone B
- Season 6: 6th in Zone B
- Season 7: 12th