Most Valuable Players of Pro Kabaddi League PKL7 | Teams that did not qualify for playoffs
We took a deep dive into kabaddi stats to find the most valuable players for every team. Going forward into PKL8, some of these players will be retained. Whom best to retain? Here we look at teams which did not qualify for playoffs.
V Ajit Kumar is the MVP for Tamil Thalaivas
Ajit went for just 217 raids compared to poster boy Rahul Chaudhary who went for 325 raids. Ajith however scored 0.28 effective raid points per raid compared to 0.16 by Rahul. Ajit was almost twice as good as Rahul Chaudhary when it came to raiding in PKL7.
Siddharth Sirish Desai is the MVP for Telugu Titans
Telugu Titans expected Siddharth Desai to play the giants role in the team. He did, but the support from the rest of the team just was not enough. Titans required a performance from Sid Desai close to that of Pawan Kumar. He brought only half as many points as Pawan though.
Pankaj Mohite is the MVP for Puneri Paltan
A surprise MVP for Puneri Paltan. At the beginning of PKL7, most people would have named Nitin Tomar or Surjeet Singh as the top Paltan performer. But both Tomar and Puneri defense let down the team this season. It was young duo of Pankaj Mohite and Manjeet who were a saving grace during a forgettable season. Had Pankaj been given more opportunity, PKL7 might have been a very different tale for Puneri Paltan,
Rohit Gulia is the MVP for Gujarat Fortunegiants
Most effective points for Gujarat came from their latter half captain Rohit Gulia - at a measly 47 points, lowest across MVPs of all teams. Manpreet's trio of Sunil, Parves and Sachin just did not deliver when expected of them.
No surprises! Pardeep Narwal is the MVP for Patna Pirates
Pardeep Narwal was the MVP for PKL4 and PKL5. He continued his unbelievable streak in PKL6. And there was no stopping him in PKL7. It is simply shocking that inspite of having a top-notch raider of Pardeep's caliber, Patna is not able to put together a playoffs qualifying performance! The management really needs to put on their thinking caps to see what went wrong in PKL6 and PKL7.
Deepak Niwas Hooda is the MVP for Jaipur Pink Panthers
Jaipur Pink Panthers looked like 2 different teams in the first and second halves of PKL7. First 50 matches of the tournament Jaipur topped the tables with Deepak Niwas Hooda and Sandeep Dhull looking unstoppable. Then things started falling apart - Deepak Hooda who was looking good to score 150-180 effective points ended up with 80 effective points. Errors by Dhull also soared deconstructing what could have been a championship winning season.
Effective Points Scored by a Player
For Raiders we used,
Effective Raid Points = Points Scored for Team - Points given to Opposition
The role of a defender is to bring the raider back to mat. For Defenders we used,
Effective Tackle Points = Points Scored for Team x (Team Raid Points / Team Tackle Points) - Points given to Opposition
Total effectiveness of the player is the sum of Effective Raid Points and Effective Tackle Points.