Bengaluru, September 1: Having made their debut in Season 5 and failing to make it past the league stage, Tamil Thalaivas hope for turn in fortunes in the new Pro Kabaddi season, which makes it's return after the two-year coronavirus-forced break.
Ahead of the auction, the Thalaivas opted for a complete revamp of their squad, retaining none of their elite players from the season 7 campaign and built their team from scratch at the three-day player auctions.
Tamil Thalaivas, who retained existing new young players in defensive trio of Sagar, Himanshu and M Abishek, spent big bucks to land raiding duo Manjeet for INR 92 Lakhs and K Prapanjan for INR 71 Lakhs along with the tough-tackling potential leader in Surjeet Singh for INR 75 Lakhs.
The Thalaivas also added raider Athul MS and eight more players - four all-rounders, two defenders and two raiders - from category C including overseas players Mohammad Tuhin Tarafder from Bangladesh and Anwar Saheed Baba of Sri Lanka.
Tamil Thalaivas spent INR 3.62 Crores during the three-day auction and this is how their squad looks for season 8:
Tamil Thalaivas 2021 Full Squad
|Sagar||Defender||Existing New Young Player|
|Himanshu||Defender||Existing New Young Player|
|M Abishek||Defender||Existing New Young Player|
Players bought in auction
|PLAYER||POSITION||CATEGORY||BOUGHT FOR (INR)|
|Surjeet Singh||Defender||A||75 Lakhs|
|K. Prapanjan||Raider||A||71 Lakhs|
|Athul MS||Raider||B||30 Lakhs|
|Ajinkya Ashok Pawar||Raider||C||19.5 Lakhs|
|Sourabh Tanaji Patil||All-rounder||C||15 Lakhs|
|Bhavani Rajput||Raider||C||10 Lakhs|
|Mohammad Tuhin Tarafder (Bangladesh)||Defender||C||10 Lakhs|
|Anwar Saheed Baba (Sri Lanka)||All-Rounder||C||10 Lakhs|
|Sagar B.Krishna||All-Rounder||C||10 Lakhs|