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PKL 10: A Look at the Big-Money Buyouts and Their Performances in Pro Kabaddi Season 10

The recently concluded Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 10 witnessed some intense competition, thrilling raids, and nail-biting tackles. While team strategies and overall squad strength play a crucial role, the performance of individual players, especially the high-priced buys at the auction, is often a point of focus. The performance of the most expensive players from the PKL 10 auction and analyze how they fared on the mat.

1. Pawan Sehrawat (Telugu Titans) - Price: 2.605 Crore Rupees

Nicknamed the "Hi-Flyer," Pawan Sehrawat was the most expensive player acquired at the PKL 10 auction. He donned the captain's armband for the Telugu Titans, a team that unfortunately finished last in the league. Despite his team's struggles, Sehrawat remained a bright spot, showcasing his exceptional raiding skills. He amassed an impressive 202 raid points throughout the season, showcasing his ability to penetrate opposition defenses. However, the lack of support from his team meant his efforts weren't enough to propel the Titans to the playoffs.


2. Mohammadreza Shadlou (Puneri Paltan) - Price: 2.35 Crore Rupees

The Iranian defender Mohammadreza Shadlou was another big buy, snapped up by the Puneri Paltan for a hefty sum. Shadlou lived up to his price tag, proving to be a defensive rock for the Paltan. He primarily occupied the crucial left-corner position, effectively shutting down opposition raiders and earning him the well-deserved title of "Best Defender of the Season." His contribution was instrumental in Puneri Paltan's journey to their first-ever PKL title. Shadlou's impressive tally of 99 tackle points throughout the season showcased his defensive ability.


3. Maninder Singh (Bengal Warriors) - Price: 2.12 Crore Rupees

The "Mighty Mani," Maninder Singh, was another high-profile purchase, leading the Bengal Warriors as their captain. However, Singh's season was a mixed bag. While he displayed his raiding skills by scoring a commendable 197 raid points, his team failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing at a disappointing 7th position. The Bengal Warriors' lack of a well-rounded squad might have hampered Singh's efforts to single-handedly carry the team to victory.

4. Fazel Atrachali (Gujarat Giants) - Price: 1.60 Crore Rupees

The veteran defender Fazel Atrachali garnered a significant sum at the auction, joining the Gujarat Giants as their captain. While the Giants did manage to qualify for the playoffs, their journey ended in the Eliminator round. Atrachali, known for his experience and strategic tackling, contributed 62 tackle points throughout the season. Despite his efforts, the Gujarat Giants' overall defensive performance was inconsistent at times, preventing them from reaching the finals.

5. Siddharth Desai (Haryana Steelers) - Price: 1.0 Crore Rupees

The "Bahubali" Siddharth Desai was a steal at the auction, acquired by the Haryana Steelers for a relatively lower price compared to the other big buys. However, Desai proved his worth on the mat, playing a crucial role in the Steelers' journey to the finals. His aggressive raiding tactics yielded 82 raid points throughout the season, and his contribution was vital in the Steelers' successful campaign.

6. Ashu Malik (Dabang Delhi) - Price: 96.25 Lakhs Rupees

Ashu Malik stepped up as the captain of the Dabang Delhi after Naveen Kumar's unfortunate injury. While Delhi couldn't clinch the title, Malik displayed exceptional leadership and raiding skills. He emerged as the season's leading raider with a staggering 276 raid points, showcasing his consistency and ability to score points even under pressure. He was awarded well-deserved "Raider of the Season" award. Despite his individual brilliance, Delhi's overall performance fell short, and they were eliminated in the Eliminator round.


Performance Matters Most

The high price tags attached to these players undoubtedly generate a lot of buzz and anticipation. However, PKL season 10 has proven that a hefty price tag doesn't guarantee success. While some of the big buys, like Shadlou and Ashu, played pivotal roles in their teams' triumphs, others like Sehrawat and Maninder couldn't single-handedly lift their teams to victory.

PKL season 10 has been a valuable lesson that team composition, strategy, and overall squad depth are equally important factors. It has also highlighted the importance of adaptability and the ability to perform under pressure. Fans will be eager to see how these high-profile players and their respective teams strategize and improve their performances in the upcoming PKL season.