Led by Pardeep Narwal, aka the Dubki King, UP Yoddhas begins its Pro Kabaddi League season 9 (PKL 9) campaign against Jaipur Pink Panthers on October 7 at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru.
Pardeep had a topsy-turvy season last time as he struggled with niggles, but will be expected to come out all guns blazing this season. He has plenty of support in the raiding team in Surender Gill, who stepped up in fine fashion when Pardeep was out injured, and Nitin Tomar. They will also have the services of James Namaba Kamweti, the assistant captain of the Kenyan kabaddi team.
UP Yoddhas defence will continue to be led by the charismatic Nitesh Kumar, who can bank on Iranian heavyweight Abozar Mighani this season.
Here is UP Yoddhas' full squad for the ninth season of the Pro Kabaddi League:
Raiders: Pardeep Narwal, Surender Gill, Nitin Tomar, James Namaba Kamweti, Rathan K, Gulveer Singh, Durgesh Kumar, Anil Kumar, Rohit Tomar, Aman Mahipal
Defenders: Nitesh Kumar, Abozar Mohajer Mighani, Shubham Kumar, Babu Murugasan, Jaideep, Sumit, Ashu Singh
All-Rounders: Nehal Desai, Nitin Panwar, Gurdeep