These attackers impressed the crowd with their performance on the mat.
Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 had an extraordinary competitive edge. The season with 12 franchises saw a boost in talented players as well as an increase in matches. The invigorating performances of players on both ends kept fans on the edge of the seat all throughout the season.
We take a look at the raiders, who did justice to the opportunities by putting special performances throughout the season. Here are the top five most successful raiders in season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League.
5. Deepak Niwas Hooda (Jaipur Pink Panthers) – 162 raids
His first PKL season for Jaipur Pink Panthers was amazing. Hooda led the Jaipur-based franchise from the front. It was his performances that helped the Panthers avoid the last place in Zone A.
He continued his form from the previous PKL season in that campaign. Hooda had a tough start with Jaipur, scoring just eight points in his first two games. His signature performance came in a 38-32 win against Haryana Steelers, when he scored 12 points to lead Pink Panthers to a victory. He had 208 points in total during the season which included 10 Super 10s as well.
4. Siddarth Sirish Desai (U Mumba) – 169 raids
Season 6 gave India another Kabbadi gem to add to its already expansive array of stars. The rookie sensation, Siddarth was the raider U Mumba needed after stocking up on talent on the defensive end.
Combining with Fazel Atrachali, Rohit Rana and Surinder Singh, Siddarth guided U Mumba to the second spot in Zone A. It was their first knockout appearance since finishing runners-up in Season 3.
Siddarth broke numerous records during a spectacular PKL season. He was the fastest player to score 50 raid points, reaching the mark in only four matches. Siddarth also had a league high 89.13 strike rate in Do-or-Die raids. He also became the joint-fastest to reach 100 points. Desai finished with 218 points during the season, becoming the first-ever rookie to notch 200 points.
3. Ajay Thakur (Tamil Thalaivas) – 177 raids
Thakur rolled back the years for a second year running with his performance for the Tamil Thalaivas. He was the lone bright spot in what was yet another disappointing outing for the newly formed franchise. The Thalaivas finished last in Zone B but not for lack of effort from Thakur.
The former Bull was on a rampage that belied his age. He registered 204 points at a healthy average of 9.23 points per match along with seven Super 10s. Thakur made a statement from the opening round itself when he scored 19 raid points in a tough loss to the Bengaluru Bulls.
He kept trying to keep the sinking Tamil Thalaivas afloat. If it weren’t for his points, the Thalaivas would have ended in a far worse position.
2. Pardeep Narwal (Patna Pirates) – 185 raids
By his own standards, Season 6 was a dud. After guiding Patna Pirates to three successive Pro Kabaddi League titles and finishing as the leading raider in each of those three seasons, a fourth-placed Zone B finish seemed like a low for Pardeep Narwal. He also finished second in the most raid points chart.
Narwal started with a run of three straight Super 10 matches and increased it to seven Super 10s in eight games. He finished with a league high 15 Super 10s. After a 369 point season in 2018, Pardeep could only manage 233 points at a 11.1 points per match. Despite his strong performances, the Pirates dropped out of the playoffs and failed to capture a fourth straight crown.
1. Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (Bengaluru Bulls) – 209 raids
Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 gave the much-needed thrust to Pawan Kumar Sehrawat’s Pro Kabbadi career. After rejoining Bengaluru Bulls, he delivered impressive performances every time he stepped on the mat. He made a statement in his first match with a 20-points game against the Thalaivas. Sehrawat was consistent throughout the season and led the Bulls to the top spot in Zone B.
The Season 6 MVP stole the show again in the playoffs. He registered 13 and 22 points against the Gujarat Fortune Giants in the first qualifier and the final respectively.
Pawan Kumar led the Bengaluru-based side to their first-ever PKL title. He also led the league in almost all raiding categories registering 282 raid points at an average of 11.29 points. He also made 13 Super 10s during the course of the season.