Indian Darts League – Team Updates
The Indian Darts League returns at the BRC SDO’18 for a third installment – Only proving to be a much more enticing contest this time around – With the largest pool of players to choose from – what strategies do the team owners use to build their teams? Which marquee players will they hunt down at the auctions? All players will go under the hammer on the 31st of May at the IDL auctions – held at the BRC Club.
The teams vying for the title? Have a look below –
What better way to start with than last years winners – Team Zoomers. With an impeccable lineup, a great team fueled by flexibility and an captain not hesitating to make changes – The owners will have to look at who they would retain from their championship winning squad. With capable players in captain Phalgun Tiruvasu, Suketu Ahir and Janani Gopal – do they spend the mandatory 30 retention points to bring back one of them or do they look for a fresh start.
Last years Runner’s Up – Team Sharp Shooters, will be looking for both a repeat and a do over this year – With heavyweights like Jolly Chanda and Viral Metha – who do they retain? With Shailender Dixit being last years buy of the tournament, does he go into the pool and to another team? Lots of questions here.
With a great history in Indian team based events – Team Warriors, look to get back to their rightful spot of ruling the roost. With Ankita Upadhyay and Vikash Kothari being in form and having the evergreen Chandrika Singh on their team – who do they retain? Vikash Kothari? A former National Champ with the ability to upset anyone on his given day? Or Ankita – The current BRC champion and long lasting Warrior representative?
Team Ditviaan has had a good record in team based events – With the SDL’17 in the bag and also being the runner up in the inaugural IDL in 2016 – they have capable players in Sangam Roy, Kritika Sheth and Sneha Srivastava but are still looking for that impact player – do the retention clauses come under play here? It makes sense for them to dip their hands into the pool in their search for a franchise player.
With Team Sport India, losing out last year to eventual champions Zoomers in a strategic mishap – A solid team consisting of current Indian players Nitin Kumar and Vivek Khandelwal and a future potential Indian player in “Little Wonder” Sunaina Mitra – they will look to retaining Nitin Kumar, but will they try for the same team again? Not much went wrong – a few minor tweaks here and there and they should be ready to challenge for the championship.
Team RCB THANOS are coming into this IDL with a total makeover – however the only thing they would like to keep from last year would be “Sir” Ankit Goenka. The current National Champion can take over games with the flip of a switch and is a sure retention – With the number of great players available in the Player Pool, I doubt they will find it hard to surround him with the support he requires to lead them to the infinity stones… Sorry – I meant the trophy. 🙂
Team On Cafe Snipers got West Bengal’s very own darting hero – Mohan Kumar Goel to lead the team. With a supporting cast of Aal Nakkeeran, Akshat Thakkar and BRC Runner Up Vedika Sureka, the team performed under expectations, but knowing Mohan’s strategic gems – will they retain him? Or will they go for him again at a lower number and bring in some forced savings? Expect the unexpected when Mohan is around.
Team Biscotti Rockers had Amit Gilitwala last year to lead the team. With Vikash Jhajharia quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, will he be stepping into his shoes? With more capable players like Vinamra Garg, Kanika Jhajharia and Sunanda Bhattacharya – there are high chances of them going in for a fresh start in this edition and looking for another high profile player to lead them from the front.
Team Dartmeisters are entering the IDL on a high following their recent win at the Bengal Darts Tour. Possessing a strong team led by Vishal Mehta and supported by Mayur Nahata, Raahat Kapoor, Kriti Chugh, Juliana Minz and the up and coming Sandeep Chhajer – It still causes quite a stir that the team didn’t reach the finals. The owners though have a good problem with their retention strategy as the player they retain should direct them in their future auction picks. But again, they’re expected to make a run for the title this time around – The owners will expect nothing less.
Team Shakti, entering the IDL tournament for the first time will be expected to cause a stir. With being one of India’s hotbeds for darting excellence and the head of the Gujarat Darts Association – Shryans Goyal being its owner, the knowledge of the game and standards are very much evident.
Team Trihoot Tuskers are coming off a good showing at the Bengal Darts Tour after an amazing auction to build the strongest team on paper at least. With a larger pool of players, what magic can they weave – We’ll know exactly 6 days from now.
Team Sandy’s Darters – a late entrant into the event – are participating in an auction based event for the first time. However, with a very intelligent and calculative owner in Sandeep Chhajer – it seems that such events are tailor made to his strengths. What can we expect from this team? No idea. They might not do too well – But I can already visualize the words that a certain someone would retort back at me- “Mind It”.
BRC SDO’18 Schedule Update
The BRC Summer Darts Open – India’s largest Darts tournament will be held for a sixth consecutive year from the 31st of May to the 3rd of June 2018. With international participation increasing every year this will be one tournament that most players from the Asian circuit mark down on their calendars. The BRC SDO’18 will look at increasing even more participation from last years 150+ player number which has already never been seen in Indian darts history.
Player Registration will open on the April 6th (For Foreign Players) and April 8th (For Local Players) onwards – The Entry Form will be provided on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BRCSDO/
You can also download it from here – Entry Form BRC 2018
* A kind reminder to local players – do send in your entries at the earliest to get an automatic entry into the Main Draw – if the final limit is crossed you will have to participate and win the qualifiers to be part of the tournament, as was the case last year.
BRC Summer Darts Open 2018 – Dates Announced!!
The BRC Summer Darts Open – India’s largest darts tournament will be held for a sixth consecutive year. With international participation increasing every year this will be one tournament that most players from the Asian circuit mark down on their calendars.
With dates confirmed from the 31st of May to the 3rd of June, the BRC SDO’18 will look at increasing even more participation from last years 150+ player number which has already never been seen in Indian darts history. With the Asian contingent of players watching on and waiting for more details to surface, here are some of the previous winners from India’s darting destination –
– 2013 –
Men’s Winner – Nitin Kumar / Runner Up – Amit Gilitwala
Women’s Winner – Asha Mehta / Runner Up – Amita Ahir
– 2014 –
Men’s Winner – Ashfaque Sayed / Runner Up – Mathivanen Selvarajoo (Malaysia)
Women’s Winner – Asha Mehta / Runner Up – Kriti Chugh
– 2015 –
Men’s Winner – Amit Gilitwala / Runner Up – Rafik Ahmed (Malaysia)
Women’s Winner – Kriti Chugh / Runner Up – Ankita Upadhyay
– 2016 –
Men’s Winner – Nitin Kumar / Runner Up – Rafik Ahmed (Malaysia)
Women’s Winner – Kriti Chugh / Runner Up – Ankita Upadhyay
– 2017 –
Men’s Winner – Robbie Modra (Australia) / Runner Up – Nitin Kumar
Women’s Winner – Ankita Upadhyay / Runner Up – Vedika Sureka