Pro Kabaddi League team UP Yoddha Thursday named raider Rishank Devadiga as its captain for the sixth edition of the event starting November 2. The launch ceremony was attended by UP sports minister Chetan Chauhan and players from the squad among others. Devadiga leads the 19-member squad of the UP Yoddha team, which consists of seven raiders, eight Defenders and four all-rounders.
“Given Uttar Pradesh’s rich history in the sport of Kabaddi it was befitting for UP to have a team in the league and I am glad that the GMR Group recognised this opportunity,” said Chauhan.
The franchisee also announced a change of their home turf from Lucknow in their debut season in 2017, to the state-of-the-art Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida for their domestic leg that runs from November 2-8.
“Our team composition is very nice this time. We trained hard for the upcoming season. We have some good raiders and defenders so fans can expect good results from us,” Rishank said after the team’s jersey unveiling session.
The other raiders in the side are Azad Singh, Bhanu Tomar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Shrikant Jadhav and Sulieman Kabir while the defence will be handled by Nitin Mavi, Nitesh Kumar, Jeeva Kumar, Amit, Vishav Chaudhary, Pankaj, Sachin Kumar and Aashish Nagar.
The four all-rounders in the squad are Akram Shaikh, Narendra, Sagar Krishna and South Korean Seong Ryeol Kim. UP Yoddha begin their PKL-6 season in Chennai against hosts Tamil Thalaivas on October 8.
The team is being coached by former national player Jasvir Singh. Jasvir is a former Asian Games Gold medallist and was a part of the national squad that won the World Cup in 2016.