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Top Famous PKL Players Who Have Never Received Any National Sports Awards

The game of Kabaddi is deeply rooted in India. Kabaddi has been played in India since ancient times. People from different age groups actively participate in this contact sport. Now a days, Kabaddi has become world famous because of the Pro Kabaddi League and many known players and coaches have received awards from state associations and National awards too. 

Earlier, when PKL didn't exist, many players and coaches had already won the prestigious National awards. After the PKL, many players and coaches earned fame and awards too. But there are some famous players who have played in the PKL and won the title too but never received a National award.

Pardeep Narwal: The Record Breaker

Pardeep Narwal, with his signature move 'dubki' became a fan obsession. He played a pivotal role in securing Patna Pirates three consecutive PKL titles. He was also the first player to reach the milestones of 1000 and 1500 points in the PKL. Internationally, he secured gold medals in three out of the four Kabaddi tournaments he played in while representing India. Despite these impressive achievements, Pardeep hasn't been recognized with any national awards.

Surjeet Singh: The Consistent Cover Defender

Surjeet Singh has performed consistently throughout his PKL career. He has played for various teams, starting from Puneri Paltans and U Mumba to leading teams like Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors. Now he has started his new stint with Bengaluru Bulls. In the PKL he holds the record for most tackle points by an Indian defender. Unfortunately, his list of achievements doesn't include any national awards.

Rahul Chaudhari: The Kabaddi Poster Boy

During the PKL's first four seasons, Rahul Chaudhari's aggressive playing style made him an instant fan favorite. He was like the "poster boy" of Kabaddi. He even brought home gold for India at the South Asian Games and was part of the victorious 2016 Kabaddi World Cup team. But till now he hasn't been recognized with any national award. 

Mohit Chhillar: The Wall in Defense

Haryana's Mohit Chhillar was also known as a rock-solid corner defender. His partnership with Surender Nada was instrumental in U Mumba's title win during the PKL's second season. However, his most significant contribution came in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup final against Iran. When India was struggling, Mohit, along with Nada, executed a crucial "super tackle" that sparked India's comeback and eventual victory. Despite being part of numerous successful campaigns, Mohit too hasn't received national recognition.

These four Kabaddi stars have entertained fans with their skills and dedication. While they haven't received national recognition, their contributions to Kabaddi are undeniable. They are true legends who inspire young Kabaddi players and continue to entertain fans across the country.