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Which top Kabaddi players have never received any national sports awards?

Published at :April 4, 2024 at 1:23 PM
Modified at :April 5, 2024 at 1:24 PM
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Many big names of the sport are part of this list.

Indians have always enjoyed the game of kabaddi due to its local connection. Kabaddi is a sport which is being played in every maidan. As long as they are fit, they can play in the top-flight leagues. We have therefore seen many players from around the nation playing Kabaddi despite being in their late thirties or early forties.

Given that the sport originated in India, the players and coaches have received recognition from both state associations and national awards. Be it a post in the police department or in nationalized banks, they have honorary posts. The Indian government has also recognized players with the Arjuna Awards, and Khel Ratna Awards. But, few players have missed being on the list of such awards. Here are some of the top kabaddi players who missed it out.

Rahul Chaudhari

The introduction of the Pro Kabaddi League transpired two events. Firstly, the league became an instant hit and secondly, Rahul Chaudhari took center stage. Due to his aggressive Kabaddi style, which was causing fans to go crazy, he was soon dubbed the Poster Boy of Indian Kabaddi. He was impressive in the first four seasons of PKL. Playing for India he won Gold in the South Asian Games and was also part of the Team that won the 2016 World Cup. Despite his accolades, he hasn’t been rewarded with any awards.

Pardeep Narwal

If Rahul Chaudhari made the fans follow the sport of Kabaddi, it was Pardeep Narwal who made them adore the sport. Pardeep and his Dubki have been a favorite for all the Kabaddi fans. He helped Patna Pirates win a hat trick of titles in PKL and also became the first player to score 1000 and 1500 points. While representing the tricolor, he won Gold in three of the four tournaments he has played. The Dubki King couldn’t have an opportunity to add any award to his credit.

Mohit Chhillar

Hailing from Haryana, Mohit Chhillar has been one of the primary corner defenders the game has seen in the last decade. His combination with Surender Nada was one of the highlights in the title-winning second season of PKL for U Mumba. But his biggest contribution came in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup final. Playing against Iran, India had only one tackle point in the first 15 minutes. It was Mohit Chhillar along with his corner colleague Nada, effected a Super Tackle which started India’s resurgence to win it. He has been part of many successful campaigns yet has not been given any national awards.

Surjeet Singh

Surjeet Singh has been one of the consistent performers in the Pro Kabaddi League. Starting from season three he has played for multiple teams from Puneri Paltans, and U Mumba to leading teams like Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors. He has not only been a leader but also one of the primary cover defenders with the most tackle points by an Indian in PKL history. Achievements might be many but unfortunately, the list doesn’t include national awards.

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