17 July 2017
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Just like raiding, defence is the key for any team in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League. When it comes to the best defence pair of PKL, one cannot miss the names of Nilesh Shinde and Bajirao Hodage. The pair, who hail from Mumbai, share a great camaraderie as their partnership has been the most talked about in PKL history.
The duo played together for Bengal Warriors from the first season but parted ways as Bajirao moved to Patna. They have been reunited this season and would love to perform well together. Talking about themselves, Bajirao had told Star Sports in an interview that, 'Kabaddi is incomplete without partnerships since it's not an individual game. Hence our partnership, we feel is an important aspect'. Nilesh thinks that their 'style of play suits one another'. He adds on, 'Bajirao always helps me when I want to tackle anyone and vice versa'. The duo has high numbers of defence points together and would look to continue that in season V as well.
Playing at right covers, Nilesh and Bajirao anticipate each other's game well which helps them coordinate and win points. A lot will depend on these two defenders as they would look to shine once again for their new franchise. Talking about their individual records, Nilesh has played more PKL matches than Bajirao. While Nilesh has 115 defence points to his name, Bajirao has 83. The dazzling duo will once again be in action and fans will be amazed to see their favourite pair in Dabang colours.