Ahmedabad, Sep 30: Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) team Gujarat Giants have appointed raider Chandran Ranjit as the captain ahead of season 9. Ranjit - who is a left-cover raider - will be leading the Adani Sportsline's team in the highly anticipated season which kicks off October 7 at Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru in Karnataka.
Addressing a press conference at The Leela hotel in Gandhinagar, Chandran expressed his pleasure in being trusted with the role by the team management.
"I am excited to take over the responsibility of the Captain of Gujarat Giants for Pro Kabaddi League Season 9 and I wish to express my gratitude to the team management for putting their faith in me. Gujarat Giants has always been a franchise committed to popularising homegrown sports of India. Our fans have always supported us every year and also made their voices heard. I will guide my team to the best of my abilities," said Chandran.
Head Coach Ram Mehar Singh spoke on the team's strategies for the upcoming season and gave a sneak peek into the work being done behind the scenes. Along with the veteran head coach and assistant coach M V Sundaram, Rinku, the marquee player and the vice-captain for the franchise this season, and new young players Parteek Dahiya and Rakesh also attended the press meet.
"We, at Gujarat Giants, believe in our slogan 'Garjega Gujarat'. We always aim to give a great performance on the mat and entertain Kabaddi fans with our thrilling action," said the coach.
"Under the able guidance of and support from Adani Sportsline, we have prepared our tactics and strategies for the coming season, keeping the strengths of our squad in mind. We will take each game as and when it comes and strategise our gameplan according to the team we face," added Ram Mehar Singh.
The Gujarat Giants franchise used the occasion to introduce its squad to the fans, and also spoke on how the return of fans will help the players in bringing out the best in them.
"Every athlete wants to compete in front of the fans. There is a different energy in the stadium when the fans are cheering in the stands. Even though we will not be competing in our home grounds, Gujarat Giants has garnered fans all over India, and we cannot wait to meet them," said Rinku, who earned 60 Tackle Points last season.
Adani Sportsline-owned Gujarat Giants forayed into Kabaddi in 2017 and has been a runner-up twice in 2017 and 2018. It has also organised school outreach programmes with the objective of promoting the homegrown sport of Kabaddi at the grassroots level.