Patna Pirates had a golden chance to become the first franchise in Pro Kabaddi League history to win four championships. However, the Pirates lost to Dabang Delhi KC in the apex clash by just one point and missed a great opportunity.
The Pirates have been very impressive throughout the 2022 Pro Kabaddi season. Although they lost their star raider Pardeep Narwal ahead of the eighth edition of the PKL, they finished number one in the points table with 16 wins from 22 matches.
The Patna-based franchise beat Pardeep’s UP Yoddha in the semi-finals but lost to Joginder Narwal’s Dabang Delhi KC in the final. Although the management of the Patna Pirates team are disappointed with how their season has ended, they are said to be pleased with the team’s performance in the championship round.
Ahead of PKL Auction 2022, the Pirates may seek to retain the following five names.
#1 Sachin Tanwar
Former Gujarat Giants raider Sachin Tanwar moved to Patna Pirates ahead of Pro Kabaddi 2022. The young raider continued his fine form in the PKL and finished the tournament as the number one raider for Patna.
He scored 181 points in 23 games at an average of 7.48. The Patna Pirates star has recorded five Super 10s and executed three Super Raids during the season. He is likely to continue with Patna next season.
#2 Monu Goyat
Monu Goyat returned to the Pirates of Patna and played a winning role for the team in several matches. He scored 77 raid points in 14 games during Pro Kabaddi 2022.
The team management didn’t use him much in the final stages of the competition but they might offer him another contract depending on his performance in the 14 games he played.
Guman Singh wasn’t part of the Patna Pirates playing sevens initially, but he cemented his place in the team after he got the chance to play. Singh finished 21st in the raiders standings with 95 raid points in 19 games.
He supported Sachin Tanwar perfectly in attacking the raid, and the duo of Guman and Sachin could also continue to attack together during PKL 9.
#4 Neeraj Kumar
Neeraj Kumar has been an integral part of the Patna Pirates defense for the past few seasons. He was among the players retained by the Pirates ahead of the PKL 2021 auction. Moreover, he was the vice-captain of the team.
Kumar led the forward defense with 53 tackle points in 23 matches. He’s recorded two High 5s and executed a super tackle this season. There is no reason for the Patna Pirates to consider ending their association with Kumar.
#5 Mohammadreza Chiyaneh
Mohammadreza Chiyaneh was the most expensive foreign player at the PKL 2021 auction. The Iranian all-rounder justified his price by winning the tournament’s best defender award in his debut season.
Chiyaneh scored 89 tackle points in 24 matches with an average of 3.71 successful tackles per game. Patna Pirates will be keen to keep the left corner defender ahead of Pro Kabaddi 9.