Naveen, Surender star in Khel Now’s Team of Pro Kabaddi League Week 1
Several players caught the eye as the league saw incredible performances from all outfits.
Pro Kabaddi League is back in action after a two-year gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The league sees some of the best domestic and foreign kabaddi players on display. The ongoing edition saw the first week of action come to a conclusion and there were several highlights to observe. Matches are extremely competitive and there is no margin of error in the PKL this year.
The kabaddi enthusiasts saw their favourite players in action who were representing their teams. But, here are the players whose performances earned them the nod in Khel Now’s Team of Pro Kabaddi League Week 1.
Naveen Kumar created history by becoming the fastest player to score 500 raid points in the Pro Kabaddi League. He achieved the feat in merely 47 matches, thus breaking the record set by heavyweights like Maninder Singh who took 56 matches to achieve the milestone.
The Dabang Delhi raider made three Super 10s, scored 42 raid points in 39 successful raids and scored 44 total points in three matches. Scoring 16 points against U-Mumba was a highlight for the star raider. As the league progresses, more opponents will become wary of his threat.
Pawan Sehrawat of Bengaluru Bulls played a crucial role in all three games. He opened the account for the season with 12 points against U-Mumba and managed 15 against Bengal Warriors in a close win.
He made 29 successful raids, scored 36 raid points and managed two Super 10s. The raider is showing his capabilities and will be crucial for the outfit this season in the Pro Kabaddi League.
Bengal Warriors are the defending champions and their skipper Maninder Singh is their focal point. The raider has 32 points in three Pro Kabaddi League matches this season and played a big role in two wins out of the first three.
Singh made 24 successful raids and scored a massive 17 points against Bengaluru Bulls in a one-man display. Maninder Singh is one of the dangerous players in the Warriors’ squad and one can expect him to continue impressing for the remainder of the season in the Pro Kabaddi League.
Mohammad Nabibakhsh is one of the strongest all-rounders in the Pro Kabaddi League and an integral part of Bengal Warriors. He managed seven tackle points and 16 raid points.
The Iranian has a 70% tackle success rate and will play a crucial role this year if the outfit are to defend the title. He provides great cover for a star raider like Maninder Singh and can be tough in his tackling too.
Surender Nada is an exceptional defender and one of the most experienced players in the Pro Kabaddi League. The 34-year-old is representing Haryana Steelers for a third consecutive season and was one of their best performers in the past week.
Nada managed seven successful tackles, two less than his teammate Jaideep Dahiya, who was in brilliant form himself. Out of the 10 total points, nine have come from tackles. Moreover, he also made two super tackles, which is a difficult task. If the Steelers are expected to achieve success this year, they will hope Nada can maintain his form.
Jaideep Dahiya was one of the best performers in the past week. Haryana Steelers were banking on his exquisite all-around performance as the player scored 10 tackle points and managed two high-fives.
The all-rounder also made nine successful tackles, the highest for the Steelers. Despite a poor start from Haryana, Dahiya has been excellent individually and will be a threat to teams in the upcoming matches in the Pro Kabaddi League.
Mohammadreza Chiyaneh is a strong all-rounder and was one of the best performers from Patna Pirates. He managed two super tackles for the outfit and scored a total of nine points in two matches.
The Iranian had a strike rate of 71% with his tackles and caught the eye of many fans in the early stages of the competition. Patna Pirates will have higher expectations from the all-rounder this season, as they look to win the Pro Kabaddi League a fourth time.