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Pro Kabaddi League Icons: 10 Players Who Shaped the Success of PKL

The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) has evolved into one of India's most cherished sports, captivating audiences across the nation. With each passing season, the league witnesses the rise of new talents and the consolidation of its fan base. As the eagerly awaited PKL Season 10 approaches, let's reflect on the influential players who have played a pivotal role in shaping the league's success since its inception nine years ago in 2014.

1. Anup Kumar: Captain Cool

Anup Kumar, the highest-scoring player in PKL's inaugural season, led U Mumba to championship glory in PKL 2. Known as "Captain Cool," his composed demeanor in challenging situations endeared him to fans.


2. Pardeep Narwal: The Dubki King

Making his debut in 2015, Pardeep Narwal, the "Dubki King," emerged as PKL's most successful raider. With over 1500 raid points, he stands as the only player in the league's history to achieve this milestone

3. Fazel Atrachali: The Experienced Leader

As the captain of the Iranian national Kabaddi team, Fazel Atrachali showcased that success and fame are attainable not only for Indian players but also for international stars. He played a pivotal role in motivating foreign players in PKL.

4. Ajay Thakur: The Do or Die Expert

Ajay Thakur, with his height advantage, played a crucial role in popularizing PKL in its early days. Known for his expertise in Do or Die raids, his unique style made him a favorite among Kabaddi enthusiasts.

5. Maninder Singh: Consistent Performer

Maninder Singh, consistently improving year after year, led the Bengal Warriors to victory in the seventh season as their captain. With 1231 raid points, he is among the most successful raiders in PKL history.


6. Manjeet Chhillar: The Versatile All-Rounder

Manjeet Chhillar, a standout player and one of the best all-rounders in Kabaddi history, earned 52 tackle points in 24 matches during PKL 8. Currently serving as the assistant coach for Telugu Titans, his influence extends beyond the playing field.

7. Dharmaraj Cheralathan: Defying Age Barriers

Dharmaraj Cheralathan, an experienced defender, showcased that age is no barrier in Kabaddi. Playing for Jaipur Pink Panthers at the age of 46 in PKL 8, he not only demonstrated his skills but also motivated the youth.

8. Rahul Chaudhari: Gold Medalist and Raider Extraordinaire

Rahul Chaudhari, part of the Indian team that won the gold medal in the 2016 South Asian Games, earned 1039 raid points in PKL, making him the third most successful raider in the league's history.

9. Sandeep Narwal: The Consistent Defender

Sandeep Narwal, playing since the first season of PKL, showcased exceptional fitness and a blend of strength and technique. As one of the most successful defenders in the league's history, he earned 330 tackle points.

10. Pawan Sehrawat: Youth Icon and High-Flyer Raider

Pawan Sehrawat, a youth icon at 27, emerged as a successful raider, motivating young Kabaddi enthusiasts. In PKL 10, Telugu Titans acquired him for 2.6 crore INR, solidifying his impact on the league.

As PKL Season 10 promises to unveil more excitement, these iconic players have left an indelible mark on the league, contributing to its phenomenal growth and popularity. Their stories continue to inspire aspiring Kabaddi players, ensuring that the legacy of PKL remains vibrant.