Pro Kabaddi League 2018- Top 7 Players to Watch this Season- Pro Kabaddi League is back once again and its latest edition is going to better than any of its predecessors. Pro Kabaddi League is one of the most intriguing and cash-rich Indian domestic tournament and for last couple years, it has emerged as a brand.
This year Pro Kabaddi 2018 auctions gave us many surprises, like breaking the records and signing the first “Crorepati” Kabaddi players. Yes, this is right.
The bid for most sought after players like Monu Goyat, Deepak Hooda and many others went over Rs. 1 Crore. And thus Pro Kabaddi is establishing itself as the most prolific and cash rich Indian tournament slowly yet surely standing with the likes of IPL and ISL.
There are some most intriguing players and they can dominate the upcoming season and we are here to talk about them. Let’s take a look at the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 – Top 7 players to watch this season.
1. Pardeep Narwal
Pardeep Narwal is the most lethal and impressive player in the Pro Kabaddi League, period. From the very first season, he is nearly unstoppable and has been shattering records with every match he plays. Only 21 years old and still is the master of this game.
Last season only he grabbed a mind-blowing 350 raid points in 25 matches with an outstanding average of 14 points per match. Pardeep has picked 15 ‘Super-10’s from 25 matches he played last season and entered his name into 600 raid points club.
In a match against Haryana steelers last season, Narwal rampaged them so bad that he ended up with the 34 raid points, the most in Pro Kabaddi League history. This guy is young and unstoppable and probably hungry for more. He is retained by the Patna Pirates for his base price of Rs. 60 lakhs. But he is definitely amongst the rising stars of Kabaddi world.
2. Rahul Chaudhari
He has been given the name the “Raid Machine” and for good reasons. He has been one of the most successful raiders in the last. He has claimed more than 666 points in the first five seasons of Pro Kabaddi and has evolved from a mere player to a super-power.
He has the best of everything. The insane pace, agility and the deadly running hand touch are so lethal that he has scored against the best defenders of the Pro Kabaddi League.
He’s been with Telugu Titans from the first season. But he was open for Pro kabaddi 2018 auctions and Telugu Titans retained his services for Rupee 1.15 Crores and he is ready to create even more impact and dominate the sixth season of Pro Kabaddi League.
3. Monu Goyat
Monu Goyat is a name that needs no introduction. He was Patna’s most lethal attacker after Pardeep Narwal. But last season he overtook him. He had some deadly runs last seasons which got him more than 182 points in the 25 matches last season with an average of 7.82 points per game.
This year he created history and became the costliest player in the Pro Kabaddi history. He was purchased for a whopping amount of Rs. 1.51 Crores by Haryana Steelers. He was the fourth most successful raider last season, second for his team after Pardeep Narwal.
It will be interesting to see how much strength does the addition of Monu Goyat brings to the Haryana Steelers. But one thing is sure, Monu Goyat deserved what he’s received and he is ready to perform upto the expectations for his new team this season.
4. Surender Nada
If defence in Kabaddi was a subject, then Surender Nada is a headmaster. He is one of the best corner defence in the Pro Kabaddi history. He has the most lethal ankle holds in the world.
He was unstoppable last season. At the becoming of season 5 he has straight five High 5s and 80 tackle points making him the best defender of the season.
Haryana Steelers retained Nada for Rs 75 lakhs. He was named the captain of Haryana Steelers last season and he would still be leading the Haryana squad. With the new addition of Monu Goyat to their team, Haryana is nearly unstoppable. Surender Nada is ready to take Haryana to the much anticipated victory.
5. Fazel Atrachali
He is probably the most noticabale foreigner in Pro Kabaddi League. His consistent performances throughout last couple of seasons. His impact in Pro Kabaddi is so big that he became the first “Crorepati” overseas player in the history of Pro Kabaddi.
He has some rare abilities. He is the perfect combination of physical and mental strength. He can drag the opponent down and can put ankle or thigh hold. He was the main reason that Gujarat Fortunegiants went all the way to the finals last season in Pro Kabaddi 2017.
His track record has been excellent with all the teams he’s been with U Mumba, Patna Pirates and Gujarat Fortunegiants. That’s why he was acquired for a mind blowing price of Rs. 1 Crores by U Mumba.
6. Anup Kumar
Anup Kumar is amongst the best players and best captains in Pro Kabaddi. He is also known as “Captain Cool” as he led U Mumba to the Pro Kabaddi title in season 2 and Indian national team to Kabaddi World Cup in 2016. He is an asset to any team he plays in.
He also has an uncanny ability to grab bonus points by taking minimum risks and for that he is called ” Bonus ka Badshah”, he is one of the most important players in the Pro Kabaddi League as he can score points in both raid and defence.
Last season was good for him and he scored 135 points in 21 games that he played. Although, he was sold for a comparatively very low price to Jaipur Pink Panthers but his new team has announced yesterday that he will be leading the team in the upcoming edition. He is definitely a player we should look out for.
7. Abozar Mighani
Abozar Mighani is nicknamed “Bulldozer” and literally is built like one. With an incredible physique sporting a headband it is not difficult to spot Abozar in the left corner from where he makes the lives of best raiders miserable. This ability of his just makes the work for the rest of defense easier.
He is fearless while defending and would often go for an ankle holds and dashes without giving much thought. Last season, he and his fellow countryman Fazel Atrachali took Gujarat Fortunegiants to the finals of Pro Kabaddi 2017.
Telugu Titans acquired his services in this year’s PKL auctions 2018 for Rs. 76 lakhs. And it will be interesting to see what kind of superiority does he brings to the Telugu Titans defense.