articles by Kaushal Shukla

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Home disadvantage? Why Pro Kabaddi League teams have found it hard to succeed on their own patch

Firstpost spoke to a host of players and coaches to understand why succeeding at home is such a difficult ask on the mat of Pro Kabaddi. Here is the list of factors that affect performances of teams on home patch.

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At times, we had just 4-5 players in training: Ashan Kumar opens up on role in coaching South Korea to Asian Games silver

Ashan Kumar, who was actually appointed as a physiotherapist to the Korean kabaddi team, coached the team. Apart from a camp in Hyderabad, the former Asian Games gold medallist with India had only four months to make a mark on the Korean players. However, that was least of his difficulties.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Nitin Tomar’s early-season heroics raise further questions over national team snub

If Nitin Tomar continues his golden streak in Pune and beyond, it will become harder for selectors to ignore him when the panel meets to pick the Indian team for the Kabaddi World Cup next year.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: For Jaipur Pink Panthers' Anup Kumar, duty over sentiment as U Mumba reunion looms

Firstpost caught up with Anup Kumar, the new Jaipur Pink Panthers captain and tried to extract what's going on in the coolest head in kabaddi ahead of what could be an emotional evening for the former U Mumba skipper.

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India's Anup Kumar open to national team selection, says he is willing to play for country with pride if recalled

Anup Kumar, India's veteran kabaddi player and former captain has revealed that he has not yet called time on his international career, and would be willing to play for India if given a call-up.

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Pro Kabaddi League: An in-depth look at strengths, weaknesses and preparation of all 12 teams ahead of sixth season

Here's a detailed look at all 12 teams' stengths' weaknesses and their preparation for season six of Pro kabaddi League 2018

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Powered by Iranian discipline and resolve, youthful U Mumba set to usher in new era

U Mumba no longer possess the star-studded squad that served them so well in the opening three seasons, but powered by Iranian discipline and resolve, the Mumbai side are going to present a very different but efficient front

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Rishank Devadiga-led UP Yoddha's silent progress makes them dark horses for the title

UP Yoddha are by no means a star-studded team, but on their day have the potential to be world beaters. After a solid debut, UP Yoddha have made silent progress

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Revamped Jaipur Pink Panthers promise improvement, but defence remains a concern

On paper, this new-look Jaipur Pink Panthers side looks the part. Only time will tell if they can translate that into performance on the mat.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Patna Pirates' bid for fourth straight title hinges on finding able ally for Pardeep Narwal

Patna Pirates have rarely started a season as top favourites, but their ability to unearth talent has made the difference for them

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Under Edachery Bhaskaran, Tamil Thalaivas look to replicate U Mumba's winning blueprint

Tamil Thalaivas will look to make fresh start under Edachery this season, and the team's strength in depth bodes well for a real challenge at for the top honour

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Packed with plethora of all-rounders, formidable Puneri Paltan look to end agonising wait for glory

Will their poor record in the knockouts bear them down or will they harness the hurt of previous seasons to put in a wining performance? Puneri Paltan's fate hinges on their ability to deal with their own past.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: With core team retained and depth in squad, Bengal Warriors among favourites to win title

The Bengal Warriors have slowly build a squad that few in the league can claim to match in terms of quality, experience and depth. The Kolkata outfit is in elite company are among the favourites.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Talented Gujarat Fortunegiants retain faith in youthful exuberance to guide them to glory

Despite finishing as runners-up, few would debate that the Gujarat Fortunegiants who scored the most number of points in the league phase in 2017 were the best team in the competition.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Will Bengaluru Bulls' renewed raiding strength catapult them to title contention?

Bengaluru Bulls' efforts to force themselves into title contention have fallen short in the last few seasons. The current team appears to be their best bet since season two, but even their best in recent times might not guarantee them a shot at playing the final.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Raider-heavy Haryana Steelers bank on youthful defence to improve on debut showing

Thanks to the fierce competition, reaching the final will be a big ask for Haryana Steelers, but underestimating a kabaddi team from Haryana comes with its own risks.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Dabang Delhi's bid for redemption will be fuelled by fallen stars' need to prove a point

Dabang Delhi have it all to prove, so do their players. The owners will hope the hurt of this common grievance will fuel their big to redemption.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: With improved defence, Telugu Titans look to make Rahul Chaudhari's heroics count

It will be no surprise to see Rahul Chaudhari on top of the scoring charts again this season, but the onus is now on the Telugu Titans to make their captain's efforts count.