Top 3 Raiders from Services in PKL 8
Manjeet was bought by Tamil Thalivas for a whopping 92 lakhs in the pre-season auction, and was among the key contributors for the team this time around. Manjeet was amongst the go-to raiders for Thalaivas, and was supported by the likes of Bhavani Rajput and Ajinkya Pawar to form the raiding unit of the team. Manjeet delivered for the team in key junctures, also scoring a Super 10 on 6 occasions in the season. In this season of PKL, Manjeet made a total of 325 raids, scoring 159 raid points, at an average strike rate of 47.78%. The raider spent an average time of 69.93%, along with an average out rate of 24.71%, thus proving his importance on the mat.
2. Naveen Kumar (Dabang Delhi)
Naveen Kumar was the star raider for Dabang Delhi, retained by the franchise for a whopping 90 lakhs before the season commenced. The raider had a fantastic start to the season, emerging the most valuable player for the team. But unfortunately, Naveen suffered an injury during the league stage, which kept him out for a substantial no of games. Naveen made a brilliant comeback towards the end phase of the league stage, also making sure that Dabang Delhi comfortably qualify for the playoffs. In this season of PKL, Naveen scored a total of 207 raid points, at an average strike rate of 57.6%. Despite starting in a limited no of outings, Naveen spent an average of 65.19% on the mat. Dabang Delhi went on to win the 8th season of PKL.
1. Arjun Deshwal (Jaipur Pink Panthers)
The former U Mumba raider was bought by Jaipur Pink Panthers for a whopping 96 lakhs in the auction. And while the Panthers had a forgettable season, Arjun emerged as the standout player for the team in this edition. The raider took the charge in the raiding department for the team, ending up scoring majority of the raid points in most of the games. Arjun also was the go-to player for the Pirates when it came to delivering in the decisive moments of the game. In this edition of PKL, Arjun scored a total of 267 raid points, at an average strike rate of 62.07%, being the 2nd highest in the league in terms of the raid points, ending only behind Pawan Sehrawat.
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