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In Kolkata, Steelers look to bounce back against Gujarat

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Coach Khokhar Calls For Side To Remain Positive, Onus on Defence to Fire Again

Kolkata: Haryana Steelers will look to bounce back from defeat ahead of a clash against Gujarat Fortunegiants, at the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, in Kolkata, on Saturday. Coach Ranbir Singh Khokhar has maintained that despite his side’s unbeaten record against Gujarat, the Steelers will have to be at their best to claim a result.

In Kolkata, Steelers look to bounce back against GujaratIn Kolkata, Steelers look to bounce back against Gujarat

“Every team is evolving with each passing game. The Steelers that Gujarat drew with in the first encounter was different to the one that defeated them. Similarly, the Gujarat team has also been changing. We need to take each game differently. We may repeat a few strategies that worked, but mostly prepare differently,” Khokhar said.

The JSW-owned Haryana Steelers endured their first defeat in five games against U Mumba on Wednesday. While the result does affect the current standings, Khokhar says that his side will have to look forward and let past results be.

“The last game was a failure of our defence which has otherwise been our strong point. Vikash (Kandola) scored 9 points, (Deepak) Dahiya scored six and Wazir (Singh) five in the raiding department, but we gave away a few bonuses and then Vikash's injury turned the game on its head. We have lost two out of two against U Mumba but winning and losing are a part of the game, time to look forward now, be positive and do a repeat of Lucknow in Kolkata,” he said.

Kandola, who is the Steelers’ best raider with 34 points this campaign, is a doubtful starter for the upcoming tie after an injury suffered against Mumbai. “Vikash is one of the best raiders in the country, let alone the team and we hope he gets back to match fitness soon. Against Mumbai, he scored six points in the first 15 minutes alone, and I believe we would have won if he was able to continue. But Kabaddi is a team sport and we have many other raiders raring to go.”

DSC_1842: The Haryana Steelers defence were in full force during their last encounter with Gujarat Fortunegiants on 8th August in Nagpur. Steelers had won the match 32-20

DSC_1880: Haryana Steelers' Mohit Chhillar successfully catching the Gujarat Fortunegiants Skipper Fazel Athrachali suring their last encounter on August 8 at Nagpur. Steelers won the match 32-20

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