Bengaluru Bulls head coach Randhir Singh claimed his side's skipper Rohit Kumar as the next India skipper, an opinion echoed by Pawan Kumar Sehrawat -- hero of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 6 final wherein Bulls defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants, 38-33, to lift their maidenn title after falling short in the 2015 edition.
The Bulls bounced back from a 7-point deficit to Gujarat at half time to comfortably end on the winning side at the jampacked NSCI Stadium on Saturday (January 5).
Randhir told the reporters after the title victory. "The kind of talent and dedication both Rohit and Pawan depicted, I have no doubt they will surely be the assets of the national team for a long time. Rohit was a zero as captain before this season but I was proved wrong with his extraordinary leadership skills, which make me believe he can be the next India captain."
Echoing his coach's words, young Pawan, who turned out to be the game changer in the final, scoring 22 raid points, said it was Rohit's sacrifice that assisted him in taking center stage after the summit clash. "I have played under a lot of captains in my brief career but the kind of support Anup Kumar (ex-India captain) and Rohit gives to the youngsters is incredible. I fully second Randhir sir's words," he quipped.
On being asked the mantra behind the team's success and the decision to bench big names, the coach said, "I didn't want to go for big names which worked in our favour. We went for a young squad, got the cheapest of teams in the auction but still had the belief to win the title. We selected our teams according to the demand of the situation instead of going after big names, that worked in our favour.
From a personal point of view, this was the only elusive trophy in my cabinet and I am delighted to add that today," Randhir concluded.
Meanwhile, Gujarat coach Manpreet Singh was half-satisfied that his team had managed to prevent Rohit and Pawan for a long period before things went awry in the second half. He blamed his side's performance in the latter half which led to them being as runners-up for the second time in a row.
Manpreet concluded by saying Pawan's excellence took the game away. He was the star perfomer (in raids) throughout the season and that worked in his side's favour.
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