PKL Auction 2021 Live: Puneri Paltan coach Anup Kumar reveals his side’s auction strategy ahead of Day 1 – Veteran Kabaddi player and the coach of Puneri Paltan Anup Kumar opened up on his team’s auction strategy ahead of Day 1 of the Pro Kabaddi League auction. The Pune based team has retained Hadi Tajik, Pankaj Mohite, Balasaheb Jadhav, Pawan Kadian and Sanket Sawant – for the Pro Kabaddi League season 8.
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Through an Instagram post, Anup revealed the reason behind retaining the young players.
Puneri Paltan posted a video of Anup Kumar on their Instagram account with the caption,” Coach Anup Kumar on Pro Kabaddi Season 8 Auction
“Hadi is the one overseas player that we have retained. He performed well in the last season whenever he got an opportunity to play. Pawan Kadian’s performances in the previous season were not up to the mark, but he performed well in the local tournaments that he played later. Hence, we have retained him,” Anup Kumar said.
Hadi had a below-par season last year where he could only score 16 tackle points in 12 matches but still, he was retained by Puneri Paltan.
— Puneri Paltan (@PuneriPaltan) August 29, 2021
Last season was Anup Kumar’s first-ever season as a coach in Pro Kabaddi League. But Pune finished 10th in the points table. It was collectively a bad performance from the team. However, Anup is determined to change it this year.
“Last season was my first season as a coach. Unfortunately, it was a bad season for us, but I learned a lot of things, and I will try my best to ensure that those mistakes are not repeated again,” Anup Kumar concluded.