Top 5 Elite Retained players to watch out for in PKL Season 10
In any sporting endeavor, teams typically seek to retain their top-performing players from the previous season as they prepare for the upcoming campaign, and the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is no exception.
In PKL, franchises strive to strike the right balance in their squad compositions and permutations, with a strong focus on retaining players based on their previous season's performance.
Some of these retained players seamlessly continue their impressive form from the previous season, living up to their reputations. Often, these star players serve as the linchpin of their respective teams, significantly influencing the team's success on the kabaddi mat.
As PKL Season 10 approaches, here are a few standout Elite Retained Players (ERPs) worth keeping an eye on:
Arjun Deshwal: Jaipur Pink Panthers
Arjun Deshwal, the standout raider for the reigning champions, Jaipur Pink Panthers in the previous season, left an indelible mark by amassing an impressive 296 raid points, the highest in the league.
As the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the last edition, he consistently led the offensive charge, alleviating pressure on his fellow raiders. With a remarkable 17 Super 10s to his name, his unwavering offensive prowess is expected to be a critical asset for his team in the upcoming season.
Pardeep Narwal: U.P. Yoddhas
Pardeep Narwal, known as the "Dubki King," was a force to be reckoned with in the attack for U.P. Yoddhas in the previous PKL season. He concluded the season with a commendable 220 raid points and an average of 10 raid points per match.
Pardeep has a penchant for shouldering the team's attacking responsibilities during challenging scenarios, and his trademark power-packed raiding style is anticipated to shine in the upcoming season.
Sachin Tanwar: Patna Pirates
Sachin emerged as an unstoppable force for the Patna Pirates in Season 9, amassing an impressive 176 raid points. Notably, he excelled in high-pressure situations, accumulating 67 do-or-die raid points, the most by any raider in the last season.
Sachin consistently rose to the occasion when his team needed revival, and his graceful on-mat presence makes him a pivotal asset for the Pirates in PKL Season 10.
Sunil Kumar: Jaipur Pink Panthers
Sunil Kumar, the captain of the PKL Season 9-winning team, Jaipur Pink Panthers, boasts a wealth of experience in Pro Kabaddi. He exhibited unwavering defensive prowess for his team, tallying an impressive 64 tackle points and earning the distinction of being the top cover defender of the season.
Beyond his defensive capabilities, Sunil's leadership qualities and mentorship of younger talents are expected to play a pivotal role in the Jaipur Pink Panthers' quest to defend their title in Season 10.
Rinku: U Mumba
Rinku emerged as the standout defender for U Mumba in the previous season, securing a remarkable 59 tackle points. Notably, he stepped up to lead the defense in the absence of Surinder Singh and effectively silenced opposition raiders.
Rinku's seven Super Tackles in the last campaign positioned him among the top five defenders with the most Super Tackle points scored in Pro Kabaddi Season 9. Once again, he is poised to play a significant defensive role for the Mumboys in the forthcoming season.