Patna Pirates thumped Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 in the final of Pro Kabaddi Season 5 to lift the championship for the third consecutive time. Pardeep Narwal was the star of the show as he scored 19 raid points in the final. With this victory, the Pirates became the first team in the league to win three successive seasons of Pro Kabaddi. With two semi-final finishes and three titles, the Pirates returned home amidst much fanfare and glory. The entire team was greeted by cheerful fans during the victory rally. The parade culminated at Raj Bhawan where Governor of Bihar, H E Satya Pal Malik felicitating the squad.
Lauding the efforts of the team management and support staff, owner of Patna Pirates, Rajesh V Shah, said, “Our journey to the championship had been scripted with indomitable character and unmatched talent of players who went out to perform in every match and gave their best. Team coach, Ram Mehar Singh worked hard and added new dimensions to the game making it exciting to millions of fans. One of the big take away of the league was Pardeep Narwal, a talented youth in his 20 has now become a household name. We are very pleased that our team has made a history by winning three successive seasons.”
In season 5, the Pirates began their title defense with a four-match unbeaten streak. As the league progressed the firm contenders could manage to win only 7 matches out of 14 while they lost four and ended up with a tie in three matches. However, Pardeep Narwal continued to set high standards for himself as he emerged as the most successful raider with each passing. In combination with the Pirates’ second raider Monu Goyat, the team scored more points than any team across the league.
At the end of the league matches, the team settled for the second spot in the Zone B. This saw the Pirates take the long-winding play-off route of winning two eliminators and a qualifier for a berth in the final. The victory in ultimate matches was steered from the front by a talented Captain Pardeep Narwal. He was declared the most valuable player in Season 5 with 369 points.