The ranking system is seeing the usual stars lead the rest of the competition.
Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 is well underway and the action is picking up pace with each game. Fans are getting treated to some of the finest Kabaddi action by the respective teams, which are fighting for victory. The tough competition and lack of any margin of error see very close encounters in the league.
Matches get decided by individual brilliance and tactical prowess. Many teams are riding on their star players’ influence this season. Khel Now’s Power Rankings system is covering the Pro Kabaddi League as well this year. Two phases have been completed so far, which has seen stiff competition from the best players.
The third phase was over recently and many usual suspects delivered major performances during that time, racking up a lot of points. Here is the list of top 10 players according to the points criteria of the Power Rankings:
Note: Phase 2 started on 1 January and ended on 20 January 2022
10. Vijay Malik (Dabang Delhi) – 18
Vijay Malik has been a strong performer in the last few days for Dabang Delhi. While Naveen Kumar was struggling for form and with injuries, Vijay Malik proved to be brilliant support in his place. He racked up 18 points and enters the top 10 of the Power Rankings.
9. Surender Gill (UP Yoddha) – 21
Surender Gill has been one of the consistent performers for UP Yoddha in the Pro Kabaddi League this year. He scored a massive 21 points against Puneri Paltan in one of the fixtures, helping his team to the win. He takes ninth place, tied on 21 points with teammate Pardeep Narwal.
8. Pardeep Narwal (UP Yoddha) – 21
The Pro Kabaddi League’s iconic figure Pardeep Narwal may be struggling to find form this year, but he is still a strong player for UP Yoddha.
He was strong in the phase of fixtures and stands eighth with 21 points in the Power Rankings. He scored two Super 10s against Telugu Titans and Puneri Paltan.
7. Ajith Kumar (U Mumba) – 25
Ajith Kumar is one of the strongest and fastest raiders in the division. He is responsible for bringing points for U Mumba, who are otherwise a strong defensive unit. He has consistency about his performances this season and the display against Gujarat Giants was symbolic of that quality.
6. Vikash Kandola (Haryana Steelers) – 26
Haryana Steelers are also a team who rely on their strong defence to win games. However, they have a phenomenal raider in Vikash Kandola, who is a consistent performer for the team.
In one of his best performances of the season, he managed 17 points against UP Yoddha, where his team’s total was only 36.
5. Manjeet (Tamil Thalaivas) – 33
The tall and lanky Manjeet may not be the fastest and strongest, but he makes up for it with his range. The raider for Tamil Thalaivas is amongst the best performers of the season and has over 33 points from the Power Rankings points system. He recently scored 12 points against Gujarat Giants.
4. Maninder Singh (Bengal Warriors) – 38
Heading into the top four where the competition is immense and breakneck, we have Maninder Singh. Captain of the Bengal Warriors, Maninder Singh has 38 points and is regarded as one of the best raiders in the competition. He scored 17 points against U Mumba in one of his impressive performances in the third phase.
3. Naveen Kumar (Dabang Delhi) – 38
Naveen Kumar was in rusty form in the third phase of the Khel Now Power Rankings. As a result, he did not collect a lot of points in the past few matches. Having said that, the star raider from Dabang Delhi has 38 points in the rankings and holds the third spot.
2. Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (Bengaluru Bulls) – 39
“High-Flyer” Pawan Kumar Sehrawat is second on the list with 39 points. The skipper of the Bengaluru Bulls is instrumental to his team and plays a crucial role in their success. He scored 19 points against Gujarat in a 61-point display by the team.
1. Arjun Deshwal (Jaipur Pink Panthers) – 44
Jaipur Pink Panther’s Arjun Deshwal leads the Khel Now Power Rankings after Phase 3. He has 44 points from the criteria after consistent displays. He has avoided injuries and managed to maintain a good level in his raiding performance for the team. Deshwal has eight Super 10s in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 as of yet, the second-best behind Maninder Singh and Pawan Kumar Sehrawat.