The sport of Kabaddi has found a new life in India with the inception of ProKabaddi League. PKL has been a huge hit and has increased the popularity of the Kabaddi sport in India. This is evident from the fact that the inaugural season of PKL was watched by 435 million viewers. This number was second in the country after then 560 million viewership number of IPL. With the advent of the Pro Kabaddi League, a lot of celebrities have become directly involved with the sport, and a ton of money is being invested in the game. The league features 12 teams, each team representing a different city of India. Auctions are being held every year in which players are retained, transferred, and bought by the teams.
Gujarat Fortune Giants has proved to all the teams in PKL that they are among the elites. Finishing at the top in their very first season goes to show that they are a real threat to all the other teams. This new franchise which made its debut in 2017 PKL season, finished with 15 wins, 3 draws, in a total of 22 matches.
Gujarat Fortune Giants has one of the most passionate fan bases in PKL. This team is led by Sunil Kumar and is owned by Adani Wilmar Limited. The tagline of the team is “Garjega Gujarat” which translates to “Gujarat will roar”.
The team is owned by Adani Wilmar Limited. This is the first-ever investment of Adani Group in the sport of Kabaddi. Adani Group which was founded by Gautam Adani has diverse business portfolios, ranging from financial services, energy, resources to logistics, real estate, and aerospace. Adani Group has a joint venture with Wilmar International, which has made them the co-owner of ‘Fortune’, the largest Indian edible oil brand. Adani Group has businesses spreading across 50 countries and has an annual turnover of over $11 Billion.
The home matches of Gujarat Fortune Giants are played in the ‘The Arena’, located in Ahmedabad. This home stadium of the team can accommodate around 4000 spectators. The home support that Gujarat Fortune Giants receives is astonishing, stadium packed with fans, chants of ‘Garjega Gujarat’ fill up the arena. This immense support did wonders for the home team. It is evident from the fact the Gujarat Fortune Giants won 5 out of their 6 matches played in the Ahmedabad Arena and ended up drawing one match which resulted in the team sitting at the top of the points table in 2017 season.
The team’s performance in the PKL 2018 is even more impressive. They won 17, lost 3, and drew 3 matches out of the 22 matches played in 2018 season. The team again ended up as a runner-up, which is a huge feat considering it’s their only second season in the league. Fortunegiants took a big risk when they bought a teenager for Rs. 36 lakhs, many experts criticized their decision, but Sachin Tanwar proved them all wrong with 153 points in 2017 PKL season.
Fortunegiants are looking really strong for PKL 2019, with the addition of players like Parvesh Bhainswal (bought for Rs. 75 Lakh), Vinod Kumar, Abolfazi Maghsoudlou, and Ruturaj Koravi. With the presence of Sachin Tanwar and Sunil Kumar, Fortunegiants are one of the favourites to win PKL 2019.