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In the high-energy, action-packed world of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), where raider and defender performances often take the spotlight, the role of coaches tends to be overlooked. However, these unsung heroes play a pivotal role in shaping a kabaddi team’s destiny. In the nine seasons of PKL, six teams have clinched the title, and the influence of their coaches cannot be understated. In this blog, we shine a light on the five most successful coaches in the history of PKL, exploring their contributions and achievements that have left an indelible mark on the league.
Five most successful coaches of Pro Kabaddi League
Ram Mehar Singh: The Reigning Champion
At the pinnacle of success stands Ram Mehar Singh, the most accomplished coach in PKL history. With two titles under his belt as the coach of the Patna Pirates, Singh’s coaching prowess has been evident in the team’s remarkable journey. Leading the Patna Pirates to victory in the third and fifth seasons, Singh established a legacy of excellence.
Despite a temporary setback in the fourth season, where the Patna Pirates secured the title without him, Singh returned stronger in the eighth season. The team, under his guidance, finished as the table-topper but narrowly lost the final to Dabang Delhi KC. After weaving magic with the Patna Pirates, Singh has now taken on a new challenge as the coach of the Gujarat Giants in the upcoming season, promising another exciting chapter in his coaching journey.
Randhir Singh: Bengaluru Bulls’ Steadfast Leader
Randhir Singh, a stalwart in India’s Kabaddi circuit, has been a consistent force as the head coach of the Bengaluru Bulls since the inception of PKL. Throughout eight seasons, Singh led the Bengaluru Bulls to 72 victories and secured the championship in the sixth season. Despite falling short in the previous season, Singh remains a respected figure in the league. With an illustrious coaching career that includes steering the Indian team and the Indian Railways team to success, Singh’s strategic acumen and leadership will once again guide the Bengaluru Bulls in their quest for glory in the ninth season of PKL.
B.C. Ramesh: A Two-Time Title Winner with Tactical Brilliance
B.C. Ramesh, an Arjuna Awardee and a distinguished figure in Indian kabaddi has etched his name in PKL history with his remarkable coaching stints. Coaching Puneri Paltans, Bengaluru Bulls, and Bengal Warriors, Ramesh is a two-time PKL title-winning coach. His first triumph came as an assistant coach with the Bengaluru Bulls, followed by another title as the head coach of the Bengal Warriors in consecutive seasons, the sixth and seventh. Ramesh will resume his coaching role with Puneri Paltan in the upcoming season with an impressive track record. His experience and tactical brilliance define his coaching style.
Krishan Kumar Hooda: Transforming Dabang Delhi KC into Champions
Krishan Kumar Hooda, a Dronacharya Awardee, achieved a historic feat by leading Dabang Delhi KC to their first-ever PKL championship in the eighth season. Over the last three seasons, Hooda transformed Delhi into one of the league’s top teams. The team secured playoff berths consecutively in the 6th, 7th, and 8th seasons. His coaching acumen was instrumental in guiding Dabang Delhi KC to the pinnacle of success. With a vision for sustained excellence, Hooda continues his coaching tenure with the reigning champions, aiming to defend the title in the upcoming season.
Manpreet Singh: A Player Turned Visionary Coach
Manpreet Singh, a former Indian Kabaddi player with notable appearances in the Asian Games and World Cup, transitioned seamlessly into the role of coach. Despite not having any trophies to his name as a coach, Singh’s impact has been evident with the Gujarat Fortunegiants. Taking the reins as coach when new teams were added in 2017, Singh led the Gujarat Fortunegiants to the finals in the 5th and 6th seasons. This showcases his ability to mold a competitive team. Known for his aggressive coaching style, Singh is set to take on a new challenge as the coach of the Haryana Steelers in the new season, adding another chapter to his evolving coaching journey.
The success stories of Pro Kabaddi coaches like Ram Mehar Singh, Randhir Singh, B.C. Ramesh, Krishan Kumar Hooda, and Manpreet Singh underscore their indispensable contributions to the league. As the PKL continues to evolve and captivate audiences, these coaching maestros will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the future narratives of Kabaddi, proving that behind every victorious team, an astute coach is steering the ship toward glory.