Pro Kabaddi

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In 2014, Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd and Star India Pvt. Ltd. together took a groundbreaking initiative and introduced the Pro Kabaddi League to the world.

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0 S H A R E S Home  Pro Kabaddi  All You Need to Know about Pro Kabaddi League   All You Need to Know about Pro Kabaddi League written by SportzCraazy May 13 2019 PRO KABADDI  S h a r e  T w e e t     

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How Pro Kabaddi League Became a Successful Sports Event In 2014 when a kabaddi league was introduced in India it sent every kabaddi fan out there in a frenzy. While the critics were skeptical about the acceptance of the league among the masses many were doubtful over the league’s survival against the likes of IPL and ISL. However the Pro Kabaddi League proved a huge success and emerged as the most followed league in India after the Indian Premier League. image source

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The fast-paced game of kabaddi and shorter time format proved to be the most signicant reasons behind the astounding success of the league. The game of kabaddi provided the fans and viewer the thrill and adrenaline rush which boosted the popularity of the league exponentially. Kabaddi is primarily considered as a rural game and is played in rural parts of Tamil Nadu Uttar Pradesh Haryana Andhra Pradesh Maharashtra Telangana Punjab and Bihar. With Pro Kabaddi League – Season 7 starting from July 19th 2019 Kabaddi lovers around the globe are excited for the 80 days of Euphoria. Let’s us take you on the ride through the history of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League since it raided the Kabaddi fans in 2014. Pro Kabaddi League Introduction In 2014 Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd and Star India Pvt. Ltd. together took a groundbreaking initiative and introduced the Pro Kabaddi League to the world. Since then Pro Kabaddi League has revolutionized the sport in an unprecedented manner with stunning innovations. The league has gained massive popularity and ever-increasing fan following over the past seasons. Since its inception Pro Kabaddi League has grown leaps and bound gaining the popularity on the global level. Moreover the game has not only made its way to the heart of numerous sports lovers in the nation but many kabaddi players have now become the household names.

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image source Pro Kabaddi League has the backing from the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India AKFI and support from the participating members of the International Kabaddi Federation IKF and the Asian Kabaddi Federation AKF. The League began with the participation of 8 city-based franchises but later 4 new franchises were introduced in the fth season of the league. The addition of the new franchises made VIVO Pro Kabaddi India’s most prominent sports league in terms of numbers of team participating and geographical representation. The addition of the new teams to the league made the competition more intense than ever before and the Pro Kabaddi League all the more exciting. This season once again your favorite kabaddi superstars will face each other promising some intense battle and high-octane Panga on the mat. Pro Kabaddi League Teams Bengal Warriors

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image source The Kolkata-based franchise has yet to show the spark and lift the title of Pro Kabaddi League. In 2017 Bengal Warriors played to their potential where they nished at the 3rd position in the points table before slipping to 5th in PKL season 6. Bengal Warriors are yet to make it to the nal of the Pro Kabaddi Leauge. Bengaluru Bulls image source Winners of Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 Bengaluru Bulls have blown hot and cold in the league. Before lifting the PKL trophy for the rst time in their history Bengaluru Bulls came closest to winning the title in season 2 where they nished as the runners up before

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crashing to the 7th position in the very next season of the league. Dabang Delhi K.C image source The Dabangg from Delhi has been perennial under- achievers in the Pro Kabaddi League. Every season fans hope to see their team to surprise everyone with better performances but to disappointment. Since the beginning of the league it hasn’t been a great journey for the Dabangs as they have nished at 6th position or below in the ve seasons out of 6. However Delhi gave their best performance in season 6 where they qualied for the playoffs for the rst time. U Mumba

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image source Two-time runner-up and the winners of Season 2 U Mumba is one of the most consistent performers of the league. They made it to the nals for the three times consecutively in the rst 3 seasons of the league. However they have not been able to maintain their form in the past few seasons but they still are one of the strongest units in the league. Jaipur Pink Panthers image source True to their name Pink Panthers from Jaipur hunted down every opponent in the rst season of the league. Jaipur Pink Panthers were deservingly crowned as the champions in the inaugural season of the league. However since then their form took a turn for the worse where they nished 5th and 6th in the next two seasons. They once again reached the nals of the league in season 4 before another 2 disappointing seasons. Patna Pirates

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image source Truly the most successful league in the Pro Kabaddi League Patna Pirates have been the biggest pirates in the league. They have dominated the league with a hat- trick of the championships where they won the league in the season 3 and successfully defended the title in season 4 and season 5. T elugu Titans image source Telugu Titans started slow nishing at the 5th position in the very rst season of the league. However they eventually picked up the pace and managed to reach the playoffs in season 3. Since then they have lost the steam and never made it to the playoffs again. Titans

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are a team which looks good every season but somehow manages to falter just before crossing the nal line. Puneri Paltan image source It was not a start Puneri Paltan looking for when they nished at the bottom of the table in the rst two seasons of the league. However the Paltan made an impressive comeback with qualifying for the playoffs 3 times consecutively. Puneri Paltan then again reached to the oblivion in the season 5 where they nished at the 4th position in their zone. T amil Thalaivas image source

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Thalaivas haven’t been able to justify their name at all in the two seasons they have played in the league. The newcomers have nished at the bottom of the table in their zone in both the season they have played so far. Gujarat Fortune Giants image source Riding with condence Gujarat Fortune Giants have already emerged as a giant in the league. In their rst two seasons giants from Gujarat have made it to the nal on both the occasions and have been unlucky to not to win the title. Haryana Steelers image source

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Haryana Steelers had a good start in the Pro Kabaddi league. In their very rst season they showed the steel by making it to the playoffs. However they could not repeat the feat and crashed to the 6th position at the table in their zone. UP Yoddhas image source UP Yoddhas made a stellar debut in the Pro Kabaddi League by qualifying for the playoffs in their very rst season. The Yoddhas from UP showed the world that their performance in the season 5 was no uke as they qualied for the playoffs once again in the season 5. The Story So Far | Pro Kabaddi League Past Seasons Season 1

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In the year 2014 The Pro Kabaddi journey began with much enthusiasm and anticipation. The rst season of the league featured eight teams battling it out for the prestigious Pro Kabaddi title over a ve-week period. Kabaddi fans from all over the world witnessed some mouth-watering ‘pangas’ and the league exceeded the expectations. It had the second highest viewership among the sports leagues in India after the IPL. In the end Jaipur Pink Panthers crowned the champions after they beat U Mumba in the nal of the league. image source Top Raider: Rahul Chaudhari from Telugu Titans Top Defender: Manjeet Chiller from Bengaluru Bulls MVP: Anup Kumar from U Mumba Season 2 The second season of the Pro Kabaddi League kicked off in July 2015. The squads were bigger this time with the strength going from 14 to 25. It gave the world a glimpse

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of the new and exciting kabaddi talent in India and across the globe. This season U Mumba went one step ahead from the last season as they emerged as the deserving champions beating Bengaluru Bulls in an electrifying contest in the nal. image source Top Raider: Kashiling Adake from Dabang Delhi K.C. Top Defender: Ravinder Pahal from Dabang Delhi K.C. MVP: Manjeet Chillar from Bengaluru Bulls Season 3 With its ever-increasing popularity Season 3 of the Pro Kabaddi League came after just ve months from the conclusion of the second season. This time teams found their stride and got the hang of the competition. With the perfect balance of attack and defense teams battled in more closely contested games. In the nal Patna Pirates ousted defending champions U Mumba and lifted the coveted PKL title for the rst time.

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image source Top Raider: Rishank Devadiga from U Mumba Top Defender: Sandeep Narwal from Patna Pirates MVP: Rohit Kumar from Patna Pirates Season 4 In June 2016 Season 4 returned once again following closely on the heels of the season 3 of the league. For the rst time in Pro Kabaddi League two consecutive seasons were played in the same calendar year. This season also saw the increased international participation with 24 players from 12 countries joining the battle. Patna Pirates defended their title successfully by trumping the champions of the inaugural season Jaipur Pink Panthers in the nal.

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image source Top Raider: Rahul Chaudhari from Telegu Titans Top Defender: Fazel Atrachali from Patna Pirates MVP: Pradeep Narwal from Patna Pirates Season 5 With the introduction of 4 new teams the fth edition of VIVO Pro Kabaddi was the longest in the history of the league. In the season 5 138 matches were played in a period of 13 weeks. A number of records were broken in the season including most points in a single game the most Raid Points in a season most consecutive High 5s in a season most Tackle Points in a season among others. Patna Pirates created the history by sailing over the line once again and became the rst team to score a hat-trick Pro Kabaddi League titles.

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image source Top Raider: Pradeep Narwal from Patna Pirates Top Defender: Surender Nada from Haryana Steelers MVP: Pradeep Narwal from Patna Pirates Season 6 Season 6 of Pro Kabaddi League once again saw many records tumbling. For the rst time in the history of the league 5 raiders went past the 200-raid point mark. While 3 defenders too scored over 80 tackle points in the league and Nitesh Kumar becoming the rst player to score 100 tackle points in a single season. In the end Bulls from Bangalore captured their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title ending their title drought. image source

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Top Raider: Pradeep Narwal from Patna Pirates Top Defender: Nitesh Kumar from U.P. Yoddha MVP: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat from Bengaluru Bulls Best Players of Pro Kabaddi League The ‘poster boy’ of Indian Kabaddi Rahul Chaudhari is the player with the most number of points scored in the history of Pro Kabaddi League. With 876 points against his name Rahul Chaudhari is leading point scorer in the league followed by his counterpart Pradeep Narwal with 865 points and all-rounder Deepak Niwas Hooda with 785 points. In the Raiding department Pradeep Narwal trumps Rahul Chaudhari with 858 points against his name whereas Rahul has scored 825 raiding points over the course of his PKL career. Indian veteran Ajay Thakur occupies the third spot in the list with a haul of 732 raiding points in the league. image source

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Indian Kabaddi Legend Manjeet Chillar has been the best defender in league with 302 tackle points across six seasons of the league. He is closely followed by ‘the hawk’ Ravinder Pahal with 263 tackle points and Sandeep Narwal is at third position with 254 tackle points against his name. Pro Kabaddi League Rules The Pro Kabaddi League follows similar rules to that of the indoor team version of Kabaddi. However the league also has introduced additional rules to encourage more scoring and making the game attractive. The rst rule is playing two “empty” raids in a row will trigger a “do-or- die raid” in this raid the raider must score a point or he will be declared out. The second rule is when a defensive side has three or fewer players remaining and tackles are termed as a “Super Tackle.” The super tackle is awarded two points instead of one. Pro Kabaddi League Format Pro Kabaddi League is played in the groups and playoffs format where 12 teams are divided into 2 zones with 6 teams in each zone. At the group stage every team will play 22 matches each including 15 Intra-Zone matches 6 Inter-Zone matches and 1 wild card match. In Intra-Zone each team will play every other team of their zone 3 times making it a total of 15 matches. In Inter-Zone Each team will play every team of the other zone one time making a total of 6 matches. Wild card match will be played Inter-Zone with one team of the other zone to be selected with a random draw. Based on

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the standings in the points table top 3 teams from both zones will qualify for the playoffs. At the playoffs stage Top teams from both the zones will meet in the qualier 1 where the winner directly will reach to the nals and the loser of the match will get another chance in qualier 2. After that in a series of eliminators no. 2 teams from zone A will meet no. 3 from zone B and no. 3 team in zone A will meet no. 2 team in zone B. The winners of both the eliminators will go face to face where the winner will advance to the qualier 2. Then the winner of qualier 2 will lock horns with the winner of qualier 1 for the one last time in the nal and biggest ‘Panga’ of the season. Pro Kabaddi League Sponsorship Image Source Chinese handset maker Vivo Electronics Corp. is the title sponsors for the Pro Kabaddi League for a period of ve years starting 2017. The mega-deal was valued at Rs 300 crore in which VIVO acquired the title sponsorship rights of the league. Earlier the league was known as

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‘Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League’ which now is called as ‘Vivo Pro Kabaddi League.’ Pro Kabaddi League Prize Money The winning team of the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 took home Rs 3 crore as prize money. The runners-up of the league were also awarded a massive sum of Rs 1.80 crore. The most valuable player of the league got the prize money of Rs 15 lakh and best defender and raider took away Rs 10 lakh each. Pro Kabaddi League Upcoming Season The Pro Kabaddi League Auction 2019 recently was held in Mumbai on 9th April. The erce 2-day event saw the team owners and coaches engaged in bidding wars to assemble the best possible team for the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League season 7. Each team entered the auction with a large purse amounting ₹4.4 Crore which they shelled out to acquire the services of the kabaddi superstars of their choice. 12 teams bought over 120 players and they also had the option of retaining few players from their existing squad ahead of the auction. Puneri Paltan went all-out with a clean slate in the auction after not choosing to retain any player. The teams spent over 50 Crore in the auction and this time the players from the New Young Players Initiative were in focus as well as the Overseas Players were also sought after by the franchises.

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