Raiders play a huge role in the game of Kabaddi as just one raid can change the dynamics of the game. But in the Pro Kabaddi League, raiders have done more than that. A number of Indian superstars have been simply phenomenal in the last six seasons and have played a crucial role in taking the league to a new level. They have now got people screaming their names in the stadiums and young kids wanting to follow their footsteps. And they have achieved it with consistent exceptional performances throughout six season. So before the seventh season starts, it is only fair that we got to name five such top raiders. Here are top five defenders with most raid points in PKL:
5Rohit Kumar | 586 Raid Points
The two-time Pro Kabaddi League winner with two different teams, Rohit Kumar is fifth on the list of most raid points in PKL. The 29-year old has collected 586 raid points in just 72 games after making his Pro Kabaddi League debut only in the third season.
Rohit played a crucial role in Patna Pirate’s first-ever title triumph in the third season. He scored 102 raid points in the season and was named the Most Valuable Player. The Haryana-born player also finished third in the list of the most raid points in the third season.
In the fourth season, Rohit was picked by Bengaluru Bulls and continued to perform consistently. He won 93 raid points in 14 games but finished 6th in the league. The raider was bought back by the Bulls for the fifth season where his 219 raid-points in 22 games could not help them reach the play-offs. Rohit scored 32 points in one of the games against UP Yoddha, making him the first player to score 30+ in PKL history.
But in the sixth season, Rohit partnered with Pawan Kumar Sehrawat to help Bengaluru Bulls to their first-ever title. Rohit finished the season with 162 raid points and grabbed his second PKL title.
4Deepak Niwas Hooda | 751 Points
The second most expensive player in the inaugural PKL auction, Deepak Hooda took a while to get started in the league. But he has been in an exceptional form in the last three seasons. The 25-year-old has won 751 raid points in PKL in 103 games. Deepak has played for three different teams so far but is yet to win the PKL title.
The all-rounder started his career with Telugu Titans and scored 87 raid-points only to finish 5th in the table. Deepak scored just 60 raid points in the second season but helped Telugu Titans finished third in the league.
Yet another superstar from Haryana, Deepak moved to Puneri Paltan in the third season where he spent the next three seasons. He scored 69 points in the third season and finished third once again, this time with the Paltan.
But it was the fourth season where Hooda became one of the best raiders in the league. He scored 126 raid-points, third-best in the league and 172 raid-points in the fifth season. Deepak moved to Jaipur Pink Panthers for the sixth season, scoring 196 raid-points, his best tally in the league.
3Ajay Thakur | 752 Points
The Captain Cool of the Indian Kabaddi team, Ajay Thakur is third on the list with 752 raid points in six seasons so far. The veteran’s tally of 732 points is a great achievement, considering a dip in his form in 2nd, 3rd and 4th season. But Ajay made up for it with two consecutive 200+ seasons.
Ajay started his PKL career at Bengaluru Bulls where he scored 122 raid-points as the Bulls finished 4th in the league after a semi-final defeat to U Mumba. Thakur was the fourth-best raider in the inaugural season of PKL.
But the next three seasons, one with the Bulls and next two with Puneri Paltan were forgettable ones for Ajay to say the least. He scored 79 in the second seasons where the Bulls lost the final against U Mumba.
But after two disappointing seasons with Pune, Ajay moved to Tamil Thalaivas for the fifth season and finished with 222 raid-points, 3rd best in the league. He followed it with a 203 raid-points in the sixth season. Unfortunately, the Thalaivas finished with a wooden spoon in Zone B in both the seasons. The captain of the Indian team will be eager to change it in the seventh season.
2Rahul Chaudhari | 864 Raid Points
The Raid Machine, Rahul Chaudhari, the man with most points in the history of Pro Kabaddi League, is second on the list of most raid-points. Rahul was a one-team player for the first six seasons, playing for Telugu Titans but will be a part of Tamil Thalaivas for the seventh season.
Rahul has been consistent in PKL so far with 100+ points in four of the six seasons. He was the second-best raider in the inaugural season with 151 raid-points. Chaudhari followed it with 98 and 87 points in the next two seasons.
But it was the fourth season where Rahul shined the brightest. He scored 146 points in 16 matches to finish as league’s best raider. Unfortunately, it was not enough to lead the Titans to their first-ever title.
The 26-year old was the lone fighter in Telugu Titan’s squad for the next two seasons as well, scoring 184 and 159 points in the fifth and sixth seasons respectively. But he did not get enough support from the teammates to find a place in play-offs.
1Pardeep Narwal | 905 Raid Points
The best raider in the history of Pro Kabaddi League is not a veteran with an experience of 10-15 years in Kabaddi. He is, in fact, a 22-year old Pardeep Narwal who only grabbed the spotlight from the third season. With 905 raid points in just 91 games, the ‘Dubky King’ has already put his name in the history books of the league.
Pardeep made his debut in the second season, playing for Bengaluru Bulls in just 6 games to accumulate 9 raid points. And the Bulls will rue the day they let him leave because of what he did in the years to follow.
The raider joined Patna Pirates for the third season to start something exceptionally special. He scored league-best 116 raid points in the third season, helping the Pirates to their first-ever title. But it was just a start as his tally of 131 raid points in the fourth season led Patna to the second consecutive title.
In the fifth season, with an increased number of matches, Pardeep was miles ahead of the rest of the pack with 369 raid-points – 150 more than the second-placed Rohit Kumar. He also helped the Pirates win the third consecutive title.
Literally to no one’s surprise, Narwal once again had a great sixth season. He won 233 raid-points and finished second-best in the league. But this time his heroics could not help Patna to make it to the play-offs.
He crossed the 900 points mark in the 2019 PKL season against Haryana Steelers.