Running hand touches, scorpion kicks, the specialised ‘dubkies’ or the dunks – Kabaddi is complete with the flamboyant riders. Over the seasons we have seen some great performances enthralling the audiences. The tag of ‘most successful raider’ is a coveted one and drives the players.
As we get ready for season seven of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) from July 20, it is time to look at the exciting names in the fray. It is always tough to zero down on three names, but we took pains to do just that. With due regard to those left out, here is our awesome threesome PKL raiders.
Siddharth Desai – Telugu Titans
He ranks 40 in the list of all-time PKL raiders in terms of points. The fact remains, though, that he has played just one season and has 218 raid points in 21 games. That is a whopping average of 10.38 points per game. The stunning impact Desai had on U Mumba was amazing.
Which is why, Mumba’s decision to part with him ahead of PKL 7 didn’t make sense. Telugu Titans came out with a whopping INR 1.45 crore offer. It was more than a third of their auction purse and the Titans felt he was worth it. Will the ‘Sophomore Syndrome’ catch up with Desai or will he continue to raid high? For now, he looks all set to shine for his new side.
Pardeep Narwal – Patna Pirates
All of 22 years, it is not exaggerating to say that Pardeep has made quite a name for himself. A staggering 858 raid points over just 85 games (Avg. 10.09 per game) make him the top scorer over all PKL seasons.
Even last year, when the Pirates experienced their worst season, Pardeep had 233 points in 21 games. In every season from the third, Pardeep has scored at least 100 riding points. He will be eager to override the disappointment from the last season. Watch out for his ‘dubkis’!
Rahul Chaudhari – Tamil Thalaivas
The original super star of Indian Kabaddi, Rahul has been a consistent performer over all seasons. 159 raid points in 21 matches over the last season could be par for any player, but not Rohit. The poor final standings for the Titans meant the raider has now shifted base to Chennai and looking for a new challenge.
Will this change the script for Chaudhari? With the experienced Ajay Thakur for company, it is expected that Rahul will revive his scores. Either way, expect him to get back among the top scores.
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