The popularity of these players has increased a lot in the last few years.
Kabaddi is a popular sport in India and has a wealth of talent across the country. India is a powerhouse on the international stage in kabaddi and has won several titles, including the World Cup. However, the most important factor in the emergence of kabaddi and recognition of the players has been the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). The league has been the key factor in popularizing the sport and making kabaddi players familiar names in every household.
The investment leading to better social media exposure, international stars and exceptional broadcast coverage has made the PKL a successful endeavour. The Pro Kabaddi League has been vital in bringing the players closer to the fans and vice versa. Supporters want to know more about their favourite kabaddi players and social media is one of the methods to do so.
The following five players have become immensely popular on Instagram. The site allows fans to get familiar with the everyday life of their superstars. Therefore, here are the top five players with the most number of followers on the popular social media app:
5. Naveen Kumar (152k)
Naveen Kumar is popularly known as the “Naveen Express” and the youngster has quickly become very popular. He is the youngest raider to score 300 raid points in a single season. He was instrumental in helping Dabang Delhi reach the finals of PKL’s seventh season. Naveen has become popular while representing Dabang Delhi.
He has a huge social media presence because of the popularity he enjoys among the young generation of fans of kabaddi. Naveen Kumar has over 152k followers on Instagram.
4. Pardeep Narwal (278k)
Pardeep Narwal is one of the most successful players in the PKL. He was an integral part of the Patna Pirates squad that won the PKL title three times. The “Dubki King” is a lethal player and an obvious source of threat for any opposition. Thanks to his incredible performances season after season, Pardeep has become popular across social media.
He has over 1169 overall points in his Pro Kabaddi League career and is one of the finest players the competition has seen. The crowd in attendance cheers at the top of their lungs whenever Pardeep steps on the mat to execute his raids. His popularity in the stadiums also translates on social media. He has 278k followers on Instagram. UP Yoddha will be the next outfit Pardeep will represent and more followers from that camp will certainly add to his numbers.
3. Ajay Thakur (298k)
Ajay Thakur is the third most followed player on Instagram. The former captain of the Indian national kabaddi team has been a force on the international stage. He has proven his worth on both the international and PKL stage, making him one of the most impressive kabaddi players. In 120 games across his career, Thakur has scored over 797 raid points.
Ajay Thakur is popular for obvious reasons. He is an icon of kabaddi and whichever team he represents in the PKL, fans come in large numbers to support him. That is the precise reason why his social media following is massive. Ajay Thakur has over 298k followers on Instagram.
2. Pawan Sehrawat (329k)
The second most followed kabaddi player on Instagram is Pawan Sehrawat. He is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars of the PKL and enjoys a huge fanbase because of it. Pawan was instrumental in helping Bengaluru Bulls win the PKL title in the sixth edition. He scored 22 points in the final, which is the best performance for any raider at that stage. Pawan carried his sensational form into the seventh campaign too, where he managed 300 raid points.
These consistently good performances make him one of the biggest stars of the PKL. He attracts a lot of people to watch him in action. Pawan has amassed over 329k followers on the social media website and his popularity grows everyday.
1. Rahul Choudhary (337k)
Rahul Choudhary comes from a small town called Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. However, he has become one of the biggest kabaddi stars from India. Rahul has been sensational at both the international level and in the Pro Kabaddi League. He became the first player to score over 800 points in the PKL and also won the Best Raider award back in the fourth season of the competition.
These achievements make him a popular player amongst the fans of the sport. Rahul Choudhary is active on social media and loves to share tidbits from his daily life with his followers. He has over 337k followers on Instagram, making him the most followed kabaddi player.