Pro Kabaddi Season 6 is starting on October 7 when defending champions Patna Pirates will take on Tamil Thalivas in the opening game. With the new season getting started, all eyes are on who will emerge the key players with the ability to single-handedly change the game.
In the previous five seasons of Pro-Kabaddi, some great performances by domestic as well as overseas players could be seen. This season is also going to be longer.
The previous five seasons of PKL were hit among fans, and a similar show is expected this year too.
Here are some of the key players to look out for:
The Five-star raider who is also known as Dubki King had become one of the most recognised names in the Indian kabaddi scene.
Narwal has played for Defending Champions Patna Pirates in the last three seasons and Patna has retained him for this season too. He is the only one to have been named ‘Most Valuable Player’ in two back-to-back seasons (season 4 & 5).
In the last season, he was the best raider with 369 points. Narwal has scored the most points in a single season (369). He also has the record of highest successful raids (271). Narwal leads on most supers 10s (19) and super raids (18) scoring 632 raid points in 64 matches.
Jang Kun Lee
Jang Kun Lee from the Republic of Korea is a captain and has been the most successful foreign raiders in the history of PKL.
Lee holds the record of most points by a foreign player in PKL. He is known for his unique raiding styles and taking bonus points from the opposition.
Bengal Warriors’ key raider Lee is an expert at doing multi-point raids and he can be a great asset for his team in the upcoming season. Lee has been retained by Bengal Warriors since the first season of the PKL.
Rohit Kumar established himself as a star raider in his debut season itself with Patna Pirates as he scored 109 points and was awarded the ‘Most Value Player’ of PKL Season 3.
Over the years, he has also proved his leadership ability and the ability to remain calm under pressure. Rohit Kumar has been retained by Bengaluru Bulls for this season. Calm and composed, the top star raider has been with the Bulls since Season 4.
He has been named the captain of the Bengaluru Bulls for this season as well. Kumar was just behind table topper Pradeep Narwal with second highest total points (231) and raid points (219) in the previous season of PKL.
The poster boy of kabaddi, Rahul Chaudhari is known for his running hand touches and ability to raid from both sides of the mat. He has been with the Telugu Titans throughout his PKL career.
Chaudhari has recorded the most number of raid points (666) in the history of Pro Kabaddi Leauge. He has scored a total of 710 (raid and tackle) points in 79 PKL matches.
Rahul Chaudhari earned his nickname the ‘Raid Machine’ by consistently being among the top raiders of Pro Kabaddi Leauge right from the starting of the historic PKL .
Chaudhari is one of the few players who can single-handedly turn a game around with his quick and consistent raids. He has a not out percentage of 82.54 and average raid points of 8.43.
Girish Maruti Ernak
Left corner defender Girish Maruti Ernak will be the captain of Puneri Paltan for the upcoming season of PKL. The aggressive defender started his career in PKL with the Patna Pirates.
He has been associated with Puneri Paltan since the last season after playing two years for Bengal Warriors. Ernak can also turn around any game with his abilities like ankle hold, dash, tight grips, back holds and thigh holds.
In the previous season of PKL, Ernak made 64 successful tackle points along with five high 5s in 21 matches he played for his team Puneri Paltan.