Football and Kabaddi are similar in one very important aspect of the game. In football, forwards get applauded for their goal-scoring efforts while defenders work silently to make sure the team does not concede any goals at the back. Similarly, Kabaddi is the game where raiders get credit for their high-flying and athletic efforts to get points for the team. But at the same time, defenders, who have an equally difficult task at their hands, work extremely hard to hold onto to a tackle. And while we all know the name of the most successful raider in the PKL history, most of us will fail to name the most successful defender. With that in mind, let us take a look at the defenders with most tackle points in the PKL history:
5Mohit Chillar | 277 Tackle Points
Just 26 years old, Mohit Chillar is already India’s one of the most reliable defenders and one of the most successful defenders in PKL. Mohit is often a strong presence in the right corner and can pounce on the raider at any time with his diving thigh hold.
Mohit has collected 277 tackle points with five different teams in PKL so far. The Right Corner is also known for his dominance in the super tackle situations. Mohit has 23 successful super tackles so far, 3rd most in the PKL history.
The 26-year old started his PKL career with U Mumba, where he spent the first three seasons. Mohit was instrumental in Mumbai’s title win in the 2nd season with 42 tackle points and was team’s most successful defender. He has also played for Bengaluru Bulls in season 4, Haryana Steelers in season 5 and Jaipur Pink Panthers in season 6. Mohit is currently a part of Tamil Thalaivas.
4Fazel Atrachali | 290 Tackle Points
The Sultan – Fazel Atrachali, is without a doubt the most successful foreigner in the Pro Kabaddi League. Fazel has been the part of PKL since season 2 and has gone on to become a household name in India.
The Iranian was a part of U Mumba for the second and the third season. He was often on the bench during the team’s title-winning 2nd season but played a crucial role in taking the side to the final in season 3. Fazel moved to Patna for the 4th season, where he was the league’s best defender and led Patna to the title.
Fazel moved to Gujarat Fortunegiants for the fifth season and made it to the finals once again – Four finals in four seasons! The Iranian returned to U Mumba in season six and is the captain of the side for the ongoing campaign.
With 290 tackle points in just 96 games, Fazel is one of the most feared defenders in PKL. The Iranian has also collected 19 High 5s in his PKl career so far, 4th best in the league history.
3Sandeep Narwal | 294 Tackle Points
One of the best all-rounders in the Pro Kabaddi history, Sandeep Narwal has crossed the 200-mark in both raid and tackle points. The Beast Narwal started his career as a corner defender before honing his raiding skills.
Sandeep started his PKL career with Patna Pirates where he spent first three seasons. He crossed the 100 point mark in the first season as the Pirates finished third. In the third season, Sandeep was Patna’s best defender and season’s second-best as his 55 tackle points led the team to the first title.
The all-rounder represented Telugu Titans in season 4 and Puneri Paltan in season 5 and 6. During that time, Sandeep made a name for himself as one of the most dangerous corner defender and more than useful raider.
Thanks to his reputation, Sandeep was bought by U Mumba for season 7 for a whopping ₹ 89 lakhs. With his strength and pace, Sandeep is the most successful defender in the super tackle situation with the league-best 28 to his name.
2Ravinder Pahal | 307 Tackle Points
Nicknamed Hawk-eye, Ravinder Pahal is the last man you want to face on the right corner. One can never predict when is his diving thigh hold is about to come, and there are a very few raiders who can get out of that hold.
Ravinder started his career with Dabang Delhi in the first season where he showed the glimpse of what was about to come. And in the second season, Ravinder Pahal – The Hawk Eye was born. The defender bossed that season with the league-best 60 tackle points.
So far, Ravinder is one of the only two defenders to cross the 300 tackle point mark. The defender has also managed 22 High 5s in his PKL career so far, third-best in the league.
1Manjeet Chillar | 339 Tackle Points
Manjeet Chillar started his Pro Kabaddi League career as an all-rounder. And for the first few seasons, there was hardly anyone better than him. Manjeet crossed the 100 point mark with his all-round performances in the first three seasons. And in season 1 and 3, he was the league’s best defender.
Manjeet’s all-round performances earned him the name of ‘One Man Army’. He spent first two seasons with the Bulls, next two with the Paltan and season five with the Panthers. Since season 6, Manjeet has been the part of Tamil Thalaivas squad, leading the defence with Mohit Chillar.
The 33-year old was the first defender to cross the 300 tackle point mark in PKL towards the end of the last season. He is also the only defender with more than 300 successful tackles – 324. The second man on the list of successful tackles, Ravinder Pahal, is almost 30 tackles behind the Mighty Manjeet.
(Stats up to 22nd Sept 2019)