These athletes produced remarkable moments on the mat.
Kabaddi as a sport has always demanded utmost discipline, hard work and perseverance from the athletes who aspire to reach the peak. The players have to work hard continuously on their fitness to produce top level performances on the mat.
There have been many Kabaddi players who have produced moments of magic in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) due to their elite fitness. They entertained the crowd with their skills and won titles for their teams.
Let us take a look at the five incidents in the league when Kabaddi stars stole the show due to their elite fitness.
1. Pardeep Narwal shook the world with his wonder raid
‘Record-Breaker’ Pardeep Narwal has been ruling the charts since his debut in PKL season 2. Apart from his sensational raiding skills, Pardeep is also quite agile when it comes to escaping tackles from defenders – his speed in changing directions often leaving the defenders in a state of worry. In season 5, Pardeep Narwal pulled off an exceptional 8-point raid against Haryana Steelers, a fine example of what it means to be fit.
2. Pawan Sehrawat’s 6-feet Lion Jump made him the Hi-Flyer
When it comes to being Fit, breathtaking moves on the mat are a given. Pawan Sehrawat is the perfect example as he established himself as one of the fittest athletes in the history of PKL. What sets him apart is his natural athleticism which helps him to get past the defenders easily. In PKL season 6, Pawan Sehrawat took his athleticism to another level with his iconic lion jump. His 6-feet lion jump over Patna Pirates defence remains one of the most breathtaking moments of the league’s history.
3. Siddharth Desai muscled through the Steelers defence
In his debut Pro Kabaddi League season, he scored 218 raid points to announce his arrival. His superhuman strength and immense fitness are what provides him with an edge over all the other raiders. In season 6, the U Mumba raider took the Haryana Steelers defence to the cleaners. His magical 6-point raid shows how his physical strength allows him to dominate the defenders on the mat.
4. Nitesh Kumar stopped the Naveen Express
UP Yoddha’s skipper, Nitesh Kumar, is the only defender to score 100 tackle points in a single season – a testimony to his impeccable fitness. He achieved that milestone in PKL season 6. In the same season, he showed us why he is one of the best emerging players in the league. Nitesh Kumar’s grip and arm strength make sure the raiders don’t escape when he grabs their ankle. One of his most remembered examples of being Kabaddi Fit was when he pulled back an in-form Naveen Kumar to bag two crucial points for his team.
5. Sandeep Narwal pulled off the most astounding tackle
With 249 raid points and 310 tackle points under his belt, Sandeep Narwal is one of the most lethal all-rounders in Pro Kabaddi League history. In season 5, Sandeep was a vital cog in the Puneri Paltan outfit along with players like Deepak Hooda. This incredible wrestling grapple shows how Sandeep can pin down the raiders at his will. His brute force and grappling techniques are one of the best in the league.