The fifth season of Pro Kabaddi 2017 is finally underway at The Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad. After the rendition of the national anthem by Akshay Kumar the match between Telegu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas will begin. Also, present at the occasion was master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who co-owns Tamil Thalaivas. Speaking at the opening ceremony Sachin said, Stating wonder at the buzz that the game has generated Sachin said, “Indian sport is growing by the day and I am very happy that Kabaddi is taking giant strides”.
Tamil Thalaivas will be led by Ajay Thakur while opponents Telugu Titans who will be led by Rahul Chaudhuri, in the season opener. This will be followed by U Mumba taking on their fellow Maharashtrian team, Puneri Paltan.
U-Mumba has been one of the most consistent teams in the league and will be led by seasoned veteran Anup Kumar. They reached the semi-finals in every season save for the last. Meanwhile, Puneri Paltan captain Deepak Hooda summed up their opening fixture by saying, “U Mumba has always been a good team,” he said, “This time the Puneri Paltan’s are also a good team. So this time, only the mat will tell who will come out as winners.”