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Pro Kabaddi 2019: Balanced Bengal Warriors ready for fresh title tilt after recent near-misses

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The Kolkata outfit have a good balance to their squad, but lack of depth might be an issue.
'Bengal Warriors, the kabaddi franchise from the football-loving Kolkata, found life in Pro Kabaddi hard to go by in the first two campaigns, falling short of the playoffs by quite some distance. However, the Birthright Games and Entertainment-owned franchise sorted out their squad for the third season. Led by Nilesh Shinde, and reinvigorated by the arrival of Nitin Tomar, Warriors made their first playoff appearance. Stuttering towards the end of the campaign, they found U Mumba too hot to handle in the semi-finals. After a disappointing fourth season where they finished bottom of the table, the Warriors led by Surjit Singh have been consistent performers, reaching the playoffs in two straight campaigns. Having moved on from coach Jagdish Kumble, after the team failed to clear the playoff hurdle despite a good show in the group phase, the Warriors have appointed BC Ramesh at the helm for the upcoming season. With a squad as balanced as in the past two seasons, Bengal Warriors are expected to be there or thereabout again. Past record for Bengal Warriors in Pro Kabaddi Season Result Season 1 Did not qualify for playoffs, finished seventh in the league phase Read more'