Pro Kabaddi League 2023: Defenders Ready to Battle for the Orange Arm Band in PKL Season 10
The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) prepares to embark on its historic 10th season. With the tournament set to commence on December 2, PKL 10 promises an exhilarating experience for fans, as matches will unfold in the home arenas of each team across 12 cities, bringing the live kabaddi action closer to fans than ever before.
While raiders often grab the spotlight, the role of defenders in kabaddi is no less crucial. The adage holds true – a raider might secure a few victories, but a skilled defender can clinch an entire tournament. As PKL aficionados eagerly await the defensive battles in the upcoming season, the focus shifts to the defenders who could potentially claim the coveted orange arm band, awarded to the defender with the highest points at the end of the season.
Top 5 Contenders For Orange Arm Bans in PKL Season 10
5. Ankush (Jaipur Pink Panthers)
Fresh off an impressive debut season where he topped the tackle points chart and earned the orange band, young defender Ankush remains a force to be reckoned with. Retained by the Jaipur Pink Panthers, his confidence in leading the team to victory positions him as a formidable contender for a repeat performance in PKL 10.
4. Vishal Bhardwaj (Dabang Delhi)
Despite a subpar performance last season with 45 points in 19 matches, Vishal Bhardwaj's move to Dabang Delhi is seen as a potential boost to the team's defense. With high expectations every season, the young defender aims to bring continuity to his performance and play a pivotal role in solidifying his team's defensive prowess.
3. Nitesh Kumar (UP Yoddhas)
Holding the seventh position in PKL history for scoring the maximum points as a defender, Nitesh Kumar is a stalwart in the defensive lineup. With 313 points in 113 matches, his ability to single-handedly turn the tide in defence has consistently contributed to the UP Yoddhas' success, making him a crucial contender for the orange arm band.
2. Mohammadreza Shadloui (Puneri Paltan)
Making his mark in just two seasons, Mohammadreza Shadloui has swiftly risen through the ranks as a formidable defender. With 89 tackle points in the 8th season and 84 points in the last season, he emerged as the second-best defender. Shadlu's impressive track record positions him as a strong contender to vie for the orange arm band once again.
1. Fazel Atrachali (Gujarat Giants)
Known as 'Sultan,' Fazel Atrachali stands as the most successful defender in PKL history, holding the record for the most tackle points. With Gujarat Giants this season, Atrachali's formidable presence in defence makes him a perennial contender for the orange arm band. His experience and skill set make him a linchpin for the Giants' defensive strategy.
As PKL 10 unfolds, fans can expect nail-biting clashes and intense battles on the mat as these defenders vie for the prestigious orange arm band. The league's legacy of producing top-notch defenders ensures that the upcoming season will be a showcase of defensive prowess, with each defender striving to leave an indelible mark in PKL history.