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Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, ‘UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title’

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Pro Kabaddi PKL 8: The Pro Kabaddi League has produced many stars ever since its inception seven years ago and Pardeep Narwal is one of the biggest names, who has taken the league by storm with his exceptional performances year after year. The 25-year old from Haryana, has almost every record in the PKL to his name and has duly earned the moniker ‘Record-Breaker’. Follow PKL 2022 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

“The team definitely have good chances to win the title. We have a lot of matches left. Our attack and defense both are doing well and we are trying to give our best. The mood is great and when we win a match the mood lightens up and the players get more motivation.’

Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, ‘UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title’

Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, 'UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title'

The raider who has played for Patna Pirates for six seasons, is currently playing for UP Yoddha this season. He gave an exclusive interview to InsideSport.IN where he spoke about his new team, his team’s chances, his personal form and much more. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates. 

Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, ‘UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title’

On playing inside the Bio-Bubble

The league which was held annually every year since 2014, was forcibly stopped for nearly two years after the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in 2020. The league has marked its return this year and is being held for the first time at a single venue with all the matches being played inside a bio-bubble at The Sheraton Grand, a luxury hotel in Bengaluru.

COVID pandemic is going on and it doesn’t feel that good but we cannot do anything about it. As the season progressed, I’ve become habituated to playing in the bio-bubble,” Pardeep Narwal said.

Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, ‘UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title’

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The pandemic-enforced lockdown for several months during 2020 and 2021 was also a tough period for sportspersons as they had to find alternative ways to train and keep themselves fit.

“In my village, there are mostly mud grounds and we practice regularly. It is great way to work on fitness and that is what I did during the lockdown to make sure I keep myself fit,” Pardeep Narwal said.

Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, ‘UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title’

From Patna Pirates to UP Yoddha

Pardeep Narwal was a key player for Patna Pirates until the last season and played an integral role in the team’s three title victories in the league. The six-year association between Patna Pirates and Pardeep came to an end ahead of this season when UP Yoddha bought him for 1.65 crores, making him the most expensive buy in PKL history. On being asked about playing for the new team, Pardeep said, ‘I feel really good and getting to meet all the players and staff makes me feel good.’

Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, ‘UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title’

At the start of this season, ‘The Dubki King’ however struggled for form. He only managed to pick up two Super 10s in the first nine matches. But his lean run has come to an end as in the last three games, the raider has scored 39 Raid points, including two Super 10s. When raised a query about his inconsistency at the start of the season, Pardeep revealed that he was nursing an injury when the season began.

“Before the start of the season, I got injured. As I came back from the injury, I did not do well in the games early on. Slowly, I’m getting my rhythm back. We still have lot of matches left. I will do my best and will definitely perform well,” Pardeep Narwal said.

Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, ‘UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title’

UP Yoddha are currently placed at the fourth spot in the points table and asked about his team’s chances of going all the way and winning the title.

On Indian Kabaddi team

Later this year, the Indian Kabaddi team will be competing in the 2022 Asian Games at Hangzhou, China. It will mark the return of the Indian Kabaddi team in action after nearly three years. Pardeep believes that the PKL this year will help the players get match practice as well as break into the national team.

“As for PKL, it is great for the selectors as they get to see the players in action and it is also good for the players to showcase their talent and break into the national team,” Narwal signed off.

Pardeep Narwal Exclusive: PKL superstar Pardeep Narwal declares, ‘UP Yoddha can go all the way to win title’

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