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Pro Kabaddi 2014 winners last year Jaipur Pink Panthers.

Pro Kabaddi 2015 kicks off – Schedule, Time, Venue,Teams

PK 2014: 3rd - 4th Place: Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates

PKL 2014: 3rd – 4th Place: Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates (Photo courtesy: Pro-Kabaddi League)

The Pro-Kabaddi Season 2 kicked off on Saturday, July 18 at the NSCI Stadium in Mumbai with hosts and last year’s runners-up U Mumba taking on the defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers.

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sang the National Anthem at the opening ceremony of the kabaddi event on Saturday and U Mumba won the opening, repeating the fact that Jaipur Pink Panthers lost their opening match when 2014 season was opened.

Watch it Live on Star Sports TV channels in Telugu, Hindi, English, Kannada and Marathi;

Where to Watch Live:

Pro Kabaddi League: Bengaluru Bulls vs Bengal Warriors, can be caught LIVE on Star Sports.

Hindi Coverage – Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD 3, Star Gold

English Coverage – Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2

Telugu Coverage – Maa Movies

Kannada Coverage – Suvarna Plus

Marathi Coverage – Star Pravah (Sunday Matches only)

Live streaming will be available on starsports.com.

Considered rustic and rural, Kabaddi has taken off in a corporate way, thanks to StarSports CEO Uday Shankar from Bihar whose love for sports have given new lease of life to the dwindling sports that was familiar to India since the Vedic period.

The typical sub continental sports has been placed in the Asian Games 1990 at Beijing that won India its only gold medal. Beyond that the sports was revived on home front since 2014 with media coverage and popular interest driving the game to its top with the second seasons setting in again.

This year’s Pro-Kabaddi 2015 will have eight teams, each with 14 to 25 players and this year some Pakistani players have also been allowed, cementing its character as a sub-continent sports. This year’s Pro-Kabaddi League will feature 60 games to be played in 37 days in eight cities.

The first leg starts from Saturday to July 22 in Mumbai and then shifts to Kolkata, where the Bengal Warriors host the game. From there, the league moves to Jaipur, Patna (Patna Pirates), Hyderabad (Telugu Titans), Delhi (Dabang Delhi), Bengaluru (Bengaluru Bulls) and then Pune (Puneri Paltan).

The semi-finals and finals will be held in Mumbai again at the NSCI on August 21 followed by the 3-4 placings game and the final on August 23, 2015.

Promoter and spokesman of the League, Charu Sharma of Mashal Sports, said the prize money this year has been doubled to Rs.2 crore this year. “The winning team gets Rs 1 crore, the runner-up Rs 50 lakh, the third-placed team Rs 30 lakh and the fourth-placed team Rs 20 lakh,” he told PTI.

Initially, there was visa issue to Pakistani players, which Sharma said was sorted out and they will be participating in the game. However, Shivsena has raised its voice against accomodating Pakistani players.  Highlight of this year is that Telugu Titans paid Hadi Oshtorakbought hefty Rs 21.1 lakh.

The impressive viewership of the first season of Pro Kabaddi last year at 435 million viewers on StarSports has given the fillip to the second season with hopes that it would reach more than 500 million this year. Starsports is planning to telecast the live matches in 5 Indian languages this year in Kannada, Telugu and Marathi along with English and Hindi, across its eight channels.

SQUADS:

Bengal Warriors – Dinesh Kumar (C), Nilesh Shinde, Akhil Ashokan, Jang Kun Lee, Kedar Lal, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Mahesh Goud, Manoj Kumar Gora, Nitin Madane, Sandeep Kumar, Sunil Jaipal, Surjeet Singh, Bajirao Hodage, Deepak Dhull, Deepak Kumar, Parveen Kumar, Parveen Madanlal, Sachin Kambe, Seong Ryeol Kim, Shyam Kumar Sah, Vijin Thangadurai, Vikas Kale, Hitesh Patel.

Bengaluru Bulls – Manjeet Chhillar (C), Ajay Thakur, Ashish Chhokar, Deepak Kumar, Pardeep Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, Rakesh Narwal, Sinotharan K, Sunil H, Vaibhav Kale, Vinoth Kumar, Adinath Gavali, Ashish Kumar, Dharmaraj C, Gurpreet Singh, Ketut Ariana, Joginder Narwal, Michal Spiczko, Parmod Narwal, Parveen Malik, Sandeep Malik, Somvir Shekhar, Preetam Chhillar

Dabang Delhi – Takamitsu Kono, Dong Ju Hong, Amit Singh, Balaso Awad, Kashiling Adake, Shrikant Tewthia, Surjeet Narwal, Rakesh Kumar, Rohit Kumar, Sachin Kumar, Avnish Kumar, Manikantha, Rajeev Kumar, Inderpal, Sandeep Tomar

Jaipur Pink Panthers – Navneet Gautam (C), Sanjay Shrestha, Balbir Singh, G Mallesh, Jasvir Singh, Rajesh Narwal, Raju Lal Chowdhary, Rohit Rana, Gokul Shitole, Prashant Chavan, Samarjeet Singh, Ram Singh, Shrikant Jadhav, Sonu Narwal, Kuldeep Singh, C Arun, Dharmendra, Rohit Kumar, C Karnan, Suraj Gurjar

Patna Pirates – Rakesh Kumar (C), Abhinandan Kumar, Deepak Narwal, Dovlet Boshimov, Gurvinder Singh, Ravi Dalal, Santosh Kumar Singh, Amit Hooda, D Suresh Kumar, Girish Ernak, Sunny, Varinder Singh, Wasim Sajjad, Pradeep Kumar, Ram Kumar Sah, Sandeep Narwal, Eom Taedeok

Puneri Paltan – Wazir Singh (C), Amit Rathi, Mahipal Narwal, Pravin Niwale, Ravi V, Simon Kibura, Surendar Singh, Tushar Patil, Waleed Al Hasani, Yogesh Hudda, Anil S, Harvinder Singh, Jitesh Joshi, Kalimuthu B, Manoj Dhull, Manoj Kumar, Nitin More, Ravi Kumar, Sachin V, Sagar Katale, Vijender Singh, Vikas Tomar, Amit Kumar, Sanjay Kumar

Telugu Titans – Rajaguru Subramanian (C), Ranjit Chandran, Deepak Hudda, Isaac Anthony, Prashanth Kumar, Rahul Chaudhary, Sukesh Hegde, D Gopu, Jishnu, Sachin Singade, Sandeep, Ravit Kumar, Rupesh Tomar, T Prasad, Hadi Oshtorak.

U Mumba – Anup Kumar (C), Anoop EV, Gopalappa T, Prapanjan, Masayuki Shimokava, Onkar Jadhav, Pawan Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Rishank Devadiga, Shabeer Bappu, Suresh Kumar, Vinod Atyalkar, Vinod Paulyas, Jeeva G, Jeeva Kumar, Mohit Chhillar, Surender Nada, Vishal Mane, Bhupendra Singh, Jawahar Vivek, Mohammed Abdul Saleh, Suresh P.

FIXTURES – Mumbai First Leg Schedule

MATCH 1 –  JUL 18 2015 at 8PM (IST) at NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai.

MATCH 2 -JUL 18 2015 Time: 21:00 (IST) at NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai.

MATCH 3 – JUL 19 2015 Time: 20:00 (IST) at NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai

MATCH 4 –  JUL 19 2015 Time: 21:00 (IST) at NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai

MATCH 5 – JUL 20 2015, Time: 20:00 (IST) – NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai

MATCH 6 –  JUL 20 2015 Time: 21:00 (IST) – NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai

MATCH 7 – JUL 21 2015 Time: 20:00 (IST) at NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai

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