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Maninder Singh Kabaddi: Age, Raid Points, PKL Stats, Playing Style- All Details

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Maninder Singh, an esteemed Indian Kabaddi professional, represents the India national kabaddi Team. He serves as the captain and primary raider for Bengal Warriors in the Pro Kabaddi League. Known for his exceptional raiding skills, Maninder is considered among the league’s finest. Under his leadership, Bengal Warriors secured their inaugural PKL trophy in 2019.

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Maninder Singh – Personal Information

Maninder Singh
Personal information
Nickname(s) Mighty Mani
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Born 31 January 1990 (age 33)
Dasuya, Punjab, India
Occupation Police officer, Kabaddi Player
Years active 2014–present
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Sport
Country India
Sport Kabaddi
Position Raider
League Pro Kabaddi League
Club Jaipur Pink Panthers (2014)
Bengal Warriors (2017-present)

Maninder Singh – Biography

Early Life

Maninder Singh Bengal Warriors Kreedon
credits: PKL

Maninder Singh was born on 31st January 1990 in Jalandhar, Punjab. His father was a Zamindar and was a big fan of Kabaddi. Maninder started playing Kabaddi in the childhood itself. He represented his school team at inter-school level. Everyone in his school was fascinated by his attacking performance, and hence he gained a lot of popularity in a lot of schools in Jalandhar.

Maninder Singh was selected in the U-19 team of his university. In one of the tournaments, he outperformed his opponents and was one of the most successful raiders in the competition. His attacking style of raiding got acknowledged by a famous Kabaddi coach in Jalandhar by the name Hanumat Singh. Hanumat offered Maninder to train professionally and chose Kabaddi as a career as he had all the potential of representing the Indian team. Maninder Singh started playing Club Kabaddi in Jalandhar and impressed everyone with his skills.


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Maninder’s PKL Selection

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Maninder (top row, 2nd from left) beside his coach K Baskaran (top row, 3rd from left) after lifting the PKL Trophy for Jaipur Pink Panthers in 2014 (Credits: PKL)

Hanumat Singh was a very close friend of a top-rated former Indian Kabaddi player. He had mentored the Thailand National Team in 2010 and was going to be the head coach of the PKL franchise Jaipur Pink Panthers in the inaugural season. Hanumat introduced K Baskaran to Maninder in one of the tournaments. Baskaran was so impressed by Maninder that he picked him up in the Pink Panthers’ in the 2014 Auction and wasn’t disappointed at all with his decision.

Pro Kabaddi Career of Maninder Singh

Jaipur Pink Panthers (2014)

Mani Jaipur Pink Panthers Kreedon
credits: PKL

Maninder was the most successful raider for Jaipur Pink Panthers in 2014 as he managed to scalp 130 points in just 16 appearances at a raid success percentage of 74.28%! Overall, he was the 3rd best raider in the league in terms of raid points earned. His brilliance on the court helped Jaipur lift their first Pro Kabaddi League title in the same year.

Back Injury for three years

Maininder SIngh Kabaddi Injury Kreedon
Credits: PKL

The most tough phase for a sportsman is when he is not able to play the game because of an injury. It can make or break you mentally. Although Jaipur won the final match against U-Mumba in 2014, Maninder fell prey to a severe back injury the same game. The damage was so severe that his doctors told him to discontinue Kabaddi for three years. However, Maninder faced this phase of life positively, performed well in the domestic circuit and returned to PKL in season 5 with the same flair and charisma.

Bengal Warriors (2017- Present)

MS KreedOn
credits: PKL

In the 2017 season, Bengal Warriors picked Maninder Singh with the hope that he’ll bring similar energy to the team as he did in the maiden season for Pink Panthers. Maninder Singh didn’t disappoint his franchise and became the leading raider for Bengal Warriors in season 6 with 206 points to his name. He, as a skipper of Bengal Warriors had won the trophy in 2019. During PKL Season 9, in the Warriors’ debut match against Haryana Steelers, he achieved a milestone by becoming just the second player, following Pardeep Narwal, to reach 1000 raid points in the illustrious history of the Pro Kabaddi League. He is playing for Bengal Warriors in PKL season 10.


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PKL Statistics of Maninder Singh

Club Team Season Total Apps Raid Points Tackle Points Total Points
Jaipur Pink Panthers 2014 16 130 7 137
Bengal Warriors 2017 21 190 2 192
Bengal Warriors 2018 22 206 0 206
Bengal Warriors 2019 20 205 0 205
Bengal Warriors 2021-22 22 262 2 264
Total 101 993 11 1004

Playing Style of Maninder Singh

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Running hand touch is Mani’s signature move (credits: PKL)

Like mentioned earlier, Mani has always had a very attacking approach towards the game. His signature moves while raiding is the running hand touch, a move in which a raider uses his pace and agility and rushes towards the defender for a quick touch to his surprise. Maninder has very successfully been able to snatch points away from the opponents in this fashion.

Interesting Facts about Maninder Singh

Maninder Singh Ran SIngh Kreedon
Ran Singh and Maninder Singh have been best friends since their inclusion in the Punjab Kabaddi Team in their early days (credits: PKL)
  • Maninder Singh has the record of being the fastest player to reach 500 points in PKL. It took him only 56 matches to reach this milestone. He was also the quickest to score 400 points.
  • Maninder has the 2nd most number of Super 10s in PKL: 63
  • Bengal Warriors all-rounder Ran Singh is Maninder’s best friend. Both started playing together for Punjab initial days. Both of them were also the part of the winning team of Jaipur Pink Panthers in Season 1.

Maninder Singh Social Media

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Shashwat Chaturvedi
Shashwat Chaturvedi
I am a media student, looking forward to specialize in either journalism or advertising. I'm a very big fan of the beautiful game of cricket and started following it because of MS Dhoni 14 years ago, when I was just 5.

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