Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 6's final will bring Gujarat Fortunegiants up against a confident Bengaluru Bulls. Ahead of the epic finale, Bulls' coach B.C. Ramesh has warned his team against complacency while heaping praise on the opposition. In 2015, Bengaluru had finished second and will be hoping to attain the title this time around. Meanwhile, Gujarat will be eager for the championship as well after missing out in the final in the previous edition.
Ramesh didn't shy away from sharing his side's stratergy in the summit clash. He also stated that the focus will be on stopping Gujarat's star raider Sachin, who has emerged a force to reckon with this season.
Ramesh said, "Gujarat are a great side and that shows from their consistency. Getting to two consecutive finals is commendable. Even though we drew our first match and won the second against them in this season, we will have to be careful. Their raiders and defenders have gelled well to overpower the strong sides. I look forward to an exciting contest on Saturday."
On being asked whether who will be his side's main target, Ramesh admitted that Gujarat's star raider Sachin will be the key to his team's success. "While the focus will be on the entire side as it is a team game, stopping Sachin from getting those crucial points will be our priority," he said.
Focusing on his side's own strengths, Ramesh pointed out, "For us, Rohit and Pawan (Sehrawat) have been brilliant throughout and our defence line comprising Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran, Ashish Kumar and Sandeep have contributed well to get the team to the final. Hopefully we can repeat our performance in the first qualifier and beat all odds to get the title. The whole of Bengaluru is proud of the boys. It is time to pay back the love and respect," he added.
Clash of the titans
Talking about Gujarat and Bengaluru's journey, both sides have been consistent and grown from strenght to strength. Gujarat won 17 out of 22 encounters in the group stages whereas Bengaluru emerged on top in 13 out of 22 matches. While Gujarat's has been a team effort, Bengaluru have been pulled up by some star performers in tight situations.
Both the sides met in the Qualifier 1, wherein Bengaluru won 41-29, and are now again meeting in the final; which depicts their impressive graph.
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