End of an Era – The Undertaker Announces his retirement at WrestleMania 33

Mark William Callaway a.k.a. The Undertaker announced his retirement at WrestleMania 33.

WrestleMania 33 ended on an emotional note as one of the professional wrestling’s most iconic star – the 52 years old announced his retirement.

He was first introduced in the 1990’s Survivor Series, although he began his wrestling career in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984.

He debuted on WWE as the final member of Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Team.

Throughout his career, he has been a multiple times world heavyweight champion, a six- time tag team titleholder and a Royal Rumble winner.

His first defeat came to Brock Lesnar in 2014 after a continuous long streak of undefeated 21 matches.

About the match:-

After the grand entry of The Undertaker, Roman Reigns was taken aback by the huge support and cheer from the crowd which could be clearly seen in his eyes. Undertaker from the very beginning had the hold on the match with his powerful blows.

But after sometime Reigns came back with his Superman punch and survived the match.

Reigns connected with a spear and somehow, again kicked himself out of being pinned. Reigns with yet another spear, surely now was not going down!!

A bit of fight between the two and finally “Roman Reigns takes down The Phenom!” winning the main event and giving The Undertaker his only second defeat in WrestleMania career!

The most disheartening moment for WWE fans was when The Undertaker removed his gloves off along with his jacket and lays it off on his gloves. Finally, he removed his Signature Hat and put it down. Thus marking the end of a Great Era.

Other WWE superstars from the past and present took to the social media to thank The Undertaker for his 25-years’ service to the industry.

Mick Foley wrote: “#ThankYouUndertaker – my life has been so much better for having known you.”

The Miz also said: “If there’s a dry eye at #WrestleMania ur a bigger man than me. #ThankYouTaker”

-Lokhandwala Burhan


Yeh 10 Saal Aapke Naam

IPL – Indian Premier League, the most awaited cricket tournament has just entered in its 10th year, i.e  IPL – 2017 which is organized by BCCI . IPL has emerged as an International cricket tournament where players from India as well as from the foreign countries compete together for an extensive season of matches of around 60 matches per year. The popularity of IPL is due to the limited over game ( 20-20 ) which gives a lot of excitement in short interval of time. Twenty-Twenty over matches have nail biting endings where the game changes in just one ball.

Over the 10 years of IPL, many new players have got opportunity to play for the country by showing their outstanding performance in the IPL season. It brings out the new talent from the country and also gives them chance to prove themselves in front of the world and also, they learn the game strategies by playing with foreign cricket players which comes with great years of experience of playing cricket. TEAM INDIA has got many of its new players from the IPL which are playing in TEST SERIES, ODI SERIES and      T-20 SERIES.

IPL is in fact a big game of capital. Different franchises meet for an auction where player gets sold to a particular team on the basis of his past performances. Players get huge sum of money to play for a franchise.  TV Channel viewership rights are sold for crores of rupees to telecast LIVE matches on the channels and on internet. It’s a very good source of advertisement for a product as the company sponsors the whole tournament and there are lot of ads everywhere in the form of TV ads, Big banners, etc. IPL Franchises are owned by big business tycoons and Bollywood Superstars who holds a share in it or completely owns it.

Talking about the Bollywood superstars owning the share of the franchise definitely brings the glamour quotient in the IPL. There are post match parties where there’s a lot of dance, music, etc. The opening and closing ceremonies of IPL are hosted by the Bollywood actors and there are dance performances by different actors and actresses.

Talking about the controversies which took place during the 10 years – There were cases of spot fixing among the players of different teams which are against the rules of any game played. Two of the franchises have been suspended due to this reason for 2 years which betrayed the bond of sportsmanship by fixing the IPL matches. Match fixing is totally not accepted as they are a part of an International Cricket Tournament and these things make a black spot in the game’s name. Cricket is also known as the “GENTLEMAN’S GAME”. These fixings lessen the quality of game and sportsmanship.

Overall the IPL season is to enjoy the world class cricket for a period of 2 months and that too also in the vacation time of April and May where people do get relaxed after a hectic year and this game cheers them up by filling them with new energies for the next year.

-Devang Sheth

A shout-out to Petrocup!

“Petrocup – Blaze of Glory” which was organized by Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) on 16th to 20th February, 2017 is one of the biggest sports festivals in Gujarat. It was inaugurated in the presence of chief guest – famous cricketer Yusuf Pathan – who gave a kick-start to the fest and overwhelmed the participants with unprecedented enthusiasm and joy.

Petrocup’17 comprised of various games like:

Football (Boys/Girls)
Kabaddi (Boys/Girls)
Cricket (Boys)
Volleyball (Boys/girls)
Basketball (Boys/girls)
Athletics (Boys/Girls)
Taekwondo (Boys/Girls)
Kho-Kho (Boys)
Table-Tennis (Boys/Girls)
Lawn-Tennis (Boys/Girls)
Badmintion (Boys/Girls)
E-sports (FIFA17,CS1.6,mini militia)

Other than the above mentioned were the informal events during petrocup with an aim to keep up the spirits and fun by events like Skating, extreme gym, futsal, pillow fight, arm wrestling etc. The most popular and trending was the silent disco which everyone enjoyed to their fullest.

2There had been around 3200 participants from various colleges all round from Gujarat and we (V.V.P. Engineering College) were one of them. Basically our college girls’ team participated in football and like any other team dreamt of winning the tournament and worked hard/put in efforts for the same… but we lost in quarter-finals against UWB (which is a good team with appreciable coordination and players. Yes, they were better than us as a team). Our new team wasn’t strong enough to bring the medals/trophies home but I’m so glad that they were smart and mature enough to learn from their mistakes and to develop a positive attitude towards working hard for their dream as they now understand that the only place where success comes before work is indeed in dictionary and there’s no point in playing if you are weak enough to give up while the game is on. Believe in your dreams, believe in yourself, silently work right (hard+smart) for it and don’t give up – yeah that’s what some people sum up and call it miracle!

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you”- Derek Jeter.

3Though we didn’t hit/accomplish our target but we did make most out of our then called excursion by watching matches that inspired us and made us fall in love with these beautiful games all over again and again. *Kudos to the petrocup team for providing such a brilliant platform and exposure to the first timers like us by having this great level of competition which is definitely not possible without the participation of sports geniuses from all the colleges and their indomitable spirits.* We had good food, late night mischiefs/pranks, fun and cooked and packed to home sweet-sour contented memories.

One last thing I would like to say – While you play, make most of it cause…one-daySo here’s a shout-out to the Petrocup, participating teams, winners and learns!
Keep playing !!

– Karnavee S. Kamdar



Rajkot Marathon 2017 was jointly organised by the RMC and Rajkot city police. Commissioner of police Anupamsinh Gehlot is the chairman of the organising committee.

The famous leading personalities of Rajkot have taken up the responsibility in the conduction of the event on that day.  The famous cricketer- Cheteshwar Pujara has been nominated the Brand Ambassador for Rajkot Marathon. The Marathon is divided into six categories-Full Marathon of 42 kms, Half Marathon of 21 kms, Dream Run of 10 kms, Rangeela Rajkot Run for 5 kms., Senior Citizen Run for 2.5 kms and Special Run for 1 km. Different committees have been formed for the same who will be looking after the smooth functioning of the event from Registration to Execution.

The previous edition was a half-marathon and around 37,000 people had participated in it. Pani, who is joint chairman of organising committee of the Rajkot Marathon 2017, said that 299 people have registered for the full marathon, 2,292 for the half-marathon and 4,571 for the 10-km long Dream Run. The bulk of registrations — 54,739 — were done for the Rangeela Rajkot Run, a non-competitive 5-km run. Besides 569 senior citizens, 1,124 differently-abled have also sent their entries.

And as expected the crowd also came out in large numbers on cool Sunday morning. The atmosphere was electrifying with various types of entertainment that kept motivating the participants. Lots of selfie’s taken and as they say no event is complete for Gujju’s without garba.

MANJU YADAV, a 23-year-old woman from Bhopal, outpaced two international women athletes and pre-race favourites to clinch the title in half-marathon at the Rajkot Marathon, 2017 even other Indian racers also made their way on the leader-boards dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians, in Rajkot on Sunday. Powered by a solid start, Yadav steamed home in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 50 seconds as crowd cheered her near the finish line at the Athletics Ground in Race Course of Rajkot. Hargewoin Mengistu Tirunehe, the pre-race favourite from Ethiopia, with a career best timing of 1:33 hours, and Brigid Jereno Kimitwai of Kenya, the first runner-up here last year, kept their pace with Yadav for most part of the race. However, they faded away in the last stretch of the race as Yadav found the extra drive to keep going.

On her way to winning the title of women’s half marathon in Rajkot, Yadav also set a new race record. Her timing of 1:19:56 is 93 seconds off the mark of 1:20:43 set by Estegenet Mola Zegeye of Ethiopia at the inaugural Rajkot Marathon in 2016.

In men’s category, Hosea Anesomuk Nailel of Kenya bagged the top honours by coming home in 1:06:55, pipping Ethiopian rival Habtamu Tsema Chukala and compatriot Vincent Kiprotich Koech. Hosea said that the victor was sweet after finishing fourth at Pune International Marathon last Sunday (29-01-2017) where he had run full marathon, but had preferred to run half-marathon here. But his timing was around three minutes more than 1:04:02 mark set by Simion Kiplagat of Kenya here last year.

But sanity prevailed in full marathon, which the city was hosting for the first time, as Kenyans and Ethiopians bagged top honours. Gladys Jepkechei Tarus of Kenya won the women’s title as she rallied home in 2:44:07 and was followed by Brtukan Adeba Berihun of Ethiopia, who finished the race in 2:45:24.

In the men’s full marathon, Kenya’s Philip Yiego Kipkurgat faced tough competition from fellow Kenyan Edwin Cheruiyot Rutto. Initially, Rutto was leading but 37-year-old Kipkurgat overtook him after 25 km. The younger Rutto kept pace with the leader, but Kipkurgat edged him at the finish line and came home in 2:19:54. Rutto crossed the line three seconds later.


Bhopal woman wins Rajkot half-marathon


-Dhruv Samani


Retirement is a word not loved by any sportsman, also it is hated by their fans because they won’t be able to see their favorite player play.  Football world is seeing three of the biggest retirements of this generation. Philipp Lahm and Frank Lampard  have announced their retirement.

  • Frank Lampard:


A Chelsea fan would never forget one from their hearts “Frank Lampard”. He started his career at West Ham United. Chelsea was the place where he found glory. Sorry sorry “Glory found him”. He made 648 appearance in Chelsea shirt. The Blues all-time record goalscorer, took to Instagram on Thursday to announce his decision, as he eyes a move into coaching. He left MLS side New York City FC at the end of 2016, after a glistening career in which he won 106 England caps, won three English titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League, as well as a host of other team and personal honours. Lampard had fielded offers from the Premier League over a possible return to the English game in the last month, but questioned whether he had the desire to get involved in a relegation scrap after a career largely spent challenging for trophies.

“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer, whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals,” declared Lampard.

  • Philipp Lahm:


A player who can play on both sides of the pitch, having qualities like versatility, tactical intelligence, pace, stamina, and precise tackling is backbone of the team. Phillip Lahm is one such player. On top of that his leadership is quite remarkable. He has captained both Bayern Munich and Germany. He was the captain of the 2014 World Cup winning Germany team. With Munich he won Champions League as part of a treble in 2013. German publication SportBild reported the news just before Bayern’s DFB Pokal game on Tuesday – 7th Feb., 2017, and Lahm said it was true after his side’s 1-0 win over Wolfsburg. In his final few months, Lahm is aiming for a record-equalling eighth Bundesliga title after earning his 500th club appearance on 4th Feb., 2017 – Saturday against Schalke. “I’ve told the Bayern officials that I’m retiring from playing at the end of the season. It’s clear to me that I’m going to retire. I said over a year ago that you’ve got to always check and ask yourself, how are you training and how you are feeling. I’m sure that I can deliver top performances until the end of the season, but no longer than that,” Lahm stated to a reporter.

It is really sad that fans would no longer be able to enjoy their game. We would miss Lahm’s clearance, Gerrard’s stunner and Lampard’s free kicks. Above all their love and respect for the game and their fans would always make them the “Immortal”.

-Bhavin Soneji


El Clásico


It  is the name given in football to any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Originally it referred only to those competitions held in the Spanish championship, but nowadays the term has been generalized, and tends to include every single match between the two clubs: UEFA Champions LeagueCopa del Rey, etc. Other than the UEFA Champions League Final, it is considered one of the biggest club football games in the world, and is among the most viewed annual sporting events. The rivalry comes about as Madrid and Barcelona are the two largest cities in Spain, and they are sometimes identified with opposing political positions, with Real Madrid viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona viewed as representing Catalan nationalism.

This rivalry is regarded as one of the biggest in world sport.  The two clubs are among the richest and most successful football clubs in the world and both clubs have a global fanbase; they are the world’s two most followed sports teams on social media.


     Real Madrid leads the head to head results in competitive matches with 93 wins to Barcelona’s 90, while Barcelona leads in total matches with 109 wins to Real Madrid’s 97. Also Real Madrid holds the record for highest win in a match by 11-1 in Copa del Rey on 19 June 1943. Xavi Hernandez hold the record for most appearance in Clásico with 34 appearance and Messi is the highest scorer in Clásico.

Recent Rivalries:

The rivalry was intensified in 2011 where, due to the final of the Copa Del Rey and the meeting of the two in the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona and Real Madrid were scheduled to meet each other four times in 18 days. Several accusations of unsportsmanlike behaviour from both teams and a war of words erupted throughout the fixtures which included four red cards. Spain national team coach Vicente del Bosque stated that he was “concerned” that due to the rising hatred between the two clubs, that this could cause friction in the Spain team.In recent years, the rivalry has been “encapsulated” by the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Following the star signings of Neymar and Luis Suárez to Barcelona, and Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to Madrid, the rivalry has been expanded to a battle of the clubs attacking trios, “BBC” (Bale, Benzema, Cristiano) against “MSN” (Messi, Suárez, Neymar).

The Recent Clásico:

     The first clash of the season was schedueled on December 3,2016 at Nou Camp,Barcelona. The match in a tie with goals coming from headers of Saurez and Ramos. This Clásico was clash between Messi-Ronaldo and Zidane-Enrique.

 Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

The figureheads of these two sides, Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo is a rivalry that splits opinions and causes furious arguments almost as much as Barcelona vs Real Madrid itself. The star players didn’t add much fuel to the fire here however.

Ronaldo’s best spell was towards the end of the first half when he had two shots, which Marc-Andre ter Stegen blocked well. Beyond that he found it hard to get involved to any significant effect.

Messi, meanwhile, occupied the thoughts of Madrid’s defenders and midfielders, which allowed Neymar to come to the fore in the second half and left lots of space which Andres Iniesta knew just how to exploit.

However he did not produce the moment of magic that we know he is capable of and perhaps this was one of the reasons the Clasico fell a little flatter than usual.

 Luis Enrique vs Zinedine Zidane

Both coaches made important decisions at the start which shaped the game. Andres Iniesta was left out after injury while Zidane went for Isco over Casemiro.

That suited Madrid more than Barcelona, with the game shifting the Catalans way after their captain was brought on. However, it was not enough to earn them victory.

While Lucho can’t be criticised for not taking risks over the Spaniard, removing Ivan Rakitic was a terrible decision. The Croatian came off after an hour of solid defensive work, when it should have been the slack Andre Gomes who made way.

To compound the error, Arda Turan came on and was sluggish, which Madrid took advantage of with their late goal.

Zidane, meanwhile, perhaps shouldn’t have brought Casemiro into the game but he wanted to try and shackle Iniesta. It can be said that he had little effect and could not change the game and like in the previous few months, was extremely lucky to escape with anything here.

Till the end it felt that Barca had upper hand. But their defence felt sluggish and the free kick in 90’ minute was the result. Modric chipped in from the spot with Ramos scoring the goal.The results favoured Madrid as they are still six points clear than Barca. Both the teams had learnt from the game and would imply their new strategies in their next clash on April 23,2017.

-Image source : http://wallpapercow.com/el-clasico-leg-2-barcelona-1/

-Bhavin Soneji

India’s Tour De Force

Year 2016 is about to end and it’s been a year full of happenings and new achievements.

We Indians are great cricket lovers and tend not to miss any kind of recent updates like currently India’s ranked first in Tests or anything that is related to it. Since the trend is changing with time, the crazy of kabaddi, football and other games are taking a higher leap and scopes are getting better and brighter. We witnessed how India consecutively third time won the Kabaddi World Cup this year. Also in Hockey, Indian men’s team defeated Pakistan in Malaysia and Indian women’s team defeated China in Singapore to win Asian Champions Trophy. There have been a lot of competitions in the last month. Results of some of them are mentioned below. Continue reading in order to catch up.


Golfer Aditi Ashok has become the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour event, clinching the Hero Women’s Indian Open in Gurgaon on 13th Nov. After winning the $400,000 tournament, Aditi is in the reckoning for the Tour’s ‘Rookie Player of the Year’ award. She is the only golfer to have represented India at the Olympics, after participating in Rio.


Indian hockey captain PR Sreejesh has been nominated for the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) goalkeeper of the year award. The nominations also include 20-year-old defender Harmanpreet Singh in the ‘Rising star of the year’ category. Winners will be decided through a public online vote and a peer vote from international athletes, with results being declared in January.

Also Hockey India president Narinder Batra has been elected as the president of the International Hockey Federation on 12th Nov, becoming the first Indian to head the world body. Batra became one of few Indian sports administrators to lead a world sporting body, joining the likes of Jagmohan Dalmiya and N Ramachandran, who have headed the world cricket and squash bodies respectively.


India’s women’s carrom team defeated Sri Lanka to win the gold at the 7th World Carrom Championship in UK on 11th Nov. India’s S Apoorwa and Kajol Kumari also won gold in the women’s doubles event. Meanwhile, the men’s team lost to Sri Lanka to win the silver medal in the competition.


Tajamul Islam, an eight-year-old girl from Kashmir, has won the gold medal at the under-8 World Kickboxing Championship in Italy. Tajamul won six games in five days and defeated an American opponent to clinch the gold at the 90-nation tournament. She qualified for the event after winning gold in the sub-junior category at the 2015 National Kickboxing Championship in Delhi.


The Indian wushu team bagged five medals, including four silver and one bronze, in the eighth Sanda World Cup held in China’s Xi’an from November 4 to 6. India was represented by five players at the event, which witnessed participation from 80 of the best Sanda players of 2015’s World Wushu Championship.


Tashvi Menghi, a 12-year-old who learned karate for self-defense, won the bronze medal at the 2016 edition of the World Martial Arts Games held in South Africa in October. Tashvi’s bronze helped India finish with 10 medals at the event, which saw participation from 76 nations. Notably, Tashvi later became one of India’s youngest National Award nominees.


Indian chess Grandmaster P Harikrishna entered the World Chess Federation’s top 10 rankings as per the latest rating list. The 30-year-old, ranked 10th with 2768 points, joins Viswanathan Anand who is on the seventh position with 2,779 points. Notably, it is the first time in Indian chess history that two players feature in the world’s top 10 rankings.

Aakanksha Hagawane won the girls’ U-16 title at the World Youth Chess Championships in Russia. The 15-year-old, who won gold in the U-16 Commonwealth Championships earlier this year, finished with nine points from 11 games, winning eight matches, losing one and drawing two. Aakanksha, a wholesale vegetable seller’s daughter, has been trained by a former national player.


Assam’s Bastab Tapan Bordoloi won five golds in the recently concluded South Asian Aquatic Championship in Sri Lanka. The 15-year-old competed in six events, winning individual golds in 50-metre butterfly and 50-metre freestyle, and team medals in three relays, besides a silver in 100-metre butterfly. The event featured participants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.


India won 29 medals, including 13 golds, at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Singapore on 12th Nov. Among the gold medalists were Rio Olympian Sandeep Tomar, who won the men’s 57 kg freestyle event, Satyawart Kadian in 97 kg and Amit Dhankar in 70 kg. India’s female gold winners included Ritu Phogat in 48 kg and Reshma Mane in 63 kg.


Indian rowers won 12 medals– five silver and seven bronze, at the recently-concluded Asian Indoor Rowing Championship and Asian Junior Rowing Championship in Thailand. Punjab’s Navneet Kaur and Haryana’s Maheshwar won individual bronze medals in the junior championship. In the indoor championship, India won silver in the lightweight women’s doubles and the mixed fours event.

-Karnavee Kamdar

Source: https://www.inshorts.com/en/read/sports

Some of the reasons for India’s failure in Olympics 2016

From a general point of view, people tend to say that our system failed in providing the necessary service to the players. Well yes, I believe our system does lack experts, trainers, equipments, finance etc. of international standard to achieve success in Olympics. But there’s more than just a system fault that goes behind a failed outcome.

Our players/athletes lack a little bit of professionalism. They have immense talent and they work very hard but it still remains lesser when it comes to big occasions like Olympics. The determination to dominate the world by a strategic planned schedule and training is not seen in all our athletes.

Also one more core reason is that our country hasn’t really come out of old ideologies completely. We do not actually prefer sports career. We feel it lacks security but it doesn’t. In fact if your child has interest in a particular sport from a very early age, it’s the best stage to start his training from that point. In a matter of years, he may well master that sport.

One more small reason I feel to some extent is that we people tend to give a ‘celebrity’ feeling to our players who has just began to achieve success in his/her respective field. I mean of course there should be appreciation, but that shouldn’t go to a point where the athlete feels satisfied and stops his hunger for more success.

In all, it’s of course easier said than done so we hope our country with such a huge and productive human resource will surely be able to achieve more success in future global events like Olympics.

-Parth Choksi

Kabaddi World Cup 2016

kabbadi-2“Kabaddi”, a game developed in India was rarely in talks until now. But with the advent of “Pro Kabaddi League” the scenario is completely changed. More and more people are getting involved with this game because of the game’s thrill and excitement. With cricket, tennis and football being the centre sports in our country, Kabaddi has rightfully attained the place of centre sport in couple of years.

Kabaddi, like every other sport has a World Cup. This time the World Cup is held in the city of Ahmedabad, the Manchester of India. It kicked off on October 7th, 2016. The newly constructed Trans Stadia stadium is the venue for the World Cup. The arena is first-of-its-multipurpose stadium of the country supporting 12 different indoor sports. The trophy of the recent World Cup was inaugurated by the new CM of Gujarat, Honorable Shree Vijay Rupani.

The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup would see 12 teams competing with each other in a round robin and knockout format. The 12 teams have been divided into two pools of six team each, with Pool A having teams India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Australia, England, Argentina and Pool B having Iran, Thailand, Japan, USA, Poland, Kenya. Neighbour and arch rival Pakistan, not being included, the only threat to India would be Iran. The Iranian players like Meraj Sheykh, Hadi Oshtorak and Fazel Atrachali have all shown their worth in Pro Kabaddi.

In Kabaddi India holds the record for most international World Cup. With 2 World Cups recognized by World Kabaddi Federation, India has won both. With the current Indian team lead by “The Captain Cool Anup Kumar” India is the favourite to win the cup.  The team consists an all-round balance with both young and experienced players.


Sr No. Player Name Position
1 Anup Kumar(c) Raider
2 Rahul Chaudhary Raider
3 Deepak Hooda Raider
4 Pardeep Narwal Raider
5 Jasvir Singh Raider
6 Ajay Thakur Raider
7 Mohit Chillar Defender
8 Surendar Nada Defender
9 Surjeet Singh Defender
10 D Cheralathan Defender
11 Kiran Parmar Defender
12 Manjeet Chillar All Rounder
13 Nitin Tomar All Rounder
14 Sandeep Narwal All Rounder


In the raiding department there are in form players like Rahul and Pardeep who showed their class in PKL season 4. There are high hopes from Rahul who was the leading raider in PKL 4 with 146 raid points. Anup Kumar with his toe touch is even a threat to opposition. Not only that, he even showed his defending skills in the last season of PKL. With all rounders like Manjeet Chillar and Sandeep Narwal the team becomes more versatile because of more options in defense and raiding. For defenders, the duo of Mohit Chillar and Surendar Nada comes first. Though both of them were out of form last season of PKL, they are still formidable. With Anup leading the team, he knows the best way to utilize the defenders duo as seen in the first three seasons of PKL. With the semis on 21 and final on 22 October, we eagerly await for India to win the Cup and Anup Kumar proving his nickname “The Captain Cool” and even adding one more glory to India and of course to himself. So as slogan of the World Cup let’s cheer all teams and say

“The World Is Ready To Raid”


Pool A

Rank Team T W L P
1 India 3 2 1 11
2 Republic Of Korea 2 2 0 10
3 England 2 1 1 5
4 Bangladesh 2 1 1 5
5 Australia 3 1 2 5
6 Argentina 2 0 2 0

Pool B

Rank Team T W L P
1 Iran 3 3 0 15
2 Japan 2 2 0 10
3 Kenya 2 1 1 6
4 Thailand 2 1 1 5
5 Poland 3 0 3 1
6 USA 2 0 2 0

In the opening match it was the defending champion India take on Republic Of Korea. In this last minute game Korea defeated the champs by 2 points. After the initial defeat, India crushed the next two opponents Australia and Bangladesh by 34 and 37 respectively.  Iran and Korea be the two undefeated teams of the tournament.

In raiding section England’s Temi Tope Adewalure leads. David Shilisia J Mosambayi of Kenya is at second position and Ajay Thakur of India at third.

For defence, Australia’s Jasvir Singh leads the rankings. Iran’s Fazel Atrachali is second while India’s Manjeet Chillar at third place.

In the upcoming matches, India would be playing Argentina and for the last group match against England.
Note:- The point table and the player point rankings are taken in reference till Argentina VS Australia match that is till 12 October,2016.

– Bhavin Soneji