Adani Sportsline team Gujarat Giants announced Chandran Ranjit, Left Raider, as the captain of Gujarat Giants ahead of the highly anticipated season 9 of Pro Kabaddi League set to kick off from 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 on 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 an objective of promoting homegrown sport of Kabaddi at the grassroots level. Apart from Kabaddi, Gujarat Giants participates in Ultimate Kho Kho League and Legends League Cricket. Additionally, Adani Sportsline also owns and manages team Gulf Giants with International League T20, UAE, and organises the annual Adani Ahmedabad Marathon, one of the top 4 runs in India.
Adani Sportsline : Adani Sportsline is the sports arm of the diversified Adani Group. Formed in 2019, it has an overarching philosophy to inculcate a culture of sports at the grassroots level and create globally competitive opportunities for future champions in India through its incubation programme ‘Garv Hai’ and Pro Kabbadi League, Ultimate Kho Kho League, Legends League Cricket and Big Bout Boxing League under its brand Gujarat Giants.
Since its formation, some of its stellar milestones include nine senior athletes qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2021, wrestlers Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Deepak Punia and boxer Amit Panghal winning 3 Gold Medals during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022, Gujarat Giants’ boxing team clinching the maiden Boxing Big Bout League 2019, the kabbadi team finishing as runners-up in two consecutive Pro Kabbadi Leagues, and the Adani Ahmedabad Marathon moving up to be among the top four races in India. To engage and connect with cricket fans worldwide, Adani Sportsline has formed a cricket team, ‘Gulf Giants’, for the UAE’s International League T20’. The maiden season is expected to take place between January and February 2023.
Gujarat Giants: Gujarat Giants is aligned with the Adani Sportsline’s overarching philosophy of inculcating a culture of sports at the grassroots level and creating globally competitive opportunities for future champions. It started its journey in 2017 and the team roared its way into the finals of the Pro-Kabaddi League with its slogan, “Garjega Gujarat”, in 2017 and 2018. For further information – www.adanisportsline.com