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PKL Auction 2019 | Most Expensive buys of the Season

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The 7th season of the exciting Pro Kabaddi League might have started a few days ago, but the PKL auction 2019 excited it up way back in April. 441 players went under the hammer as all twelve teams assembled the best possible squad to fight for the prestigious title.

The teams were given the purse of ₹4.4 crores to buy 18-25 players each. Siddharth Desai was this season’s most expensive player as Telugu Titans signed the raider for ₹1.45 crores, second most expensive in the league history. Bengal Tigers bought Iran’s Mohammad Esmail Nabibakhsh for ₹77.75 lakh, making him the season’s most expensive overseas player. Teams also decided to retain their best performers for the seventh season with 29 players being retained in total.

Here is the complete list of each team’s performance in PKL auction 2019:

Bengal Warriors

PKL Auction 2019
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Bengal Warriors signed Iran’s Mohammad Esmail Nabibakhsh for a whooping ₹77.75 lakh. The all-rounder will be playing in the Pro Kabaddi League for the very first time, but Warriors will be excited to see him in the team after his heroics in the 2018 Asian Games.

Elite Retained Players: Baldev Singh, Maninder Singh

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Retained Young Players: Adarsh T, Ravindra Kumawat

New Young Players: Sahil

PlayerPositionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Jeeva KumarDefender – Right and left cover31
Rinku NarwalDefender20
Dharmendra SinghDefender – Left Corner10
Viraj Vishnu LandgeDefender – Left cover10
Vijin ThangaduraiDefender – Right cover10
AmitDefender – Right Corner17.5
Mohammad Taghi PaeinmahalliRaider15.5
Bhuvneshwar GaurRaider10
Rakesh NarwalRaider16.25
K. PrapanjanRaider55.5
Sukesh HegdeRaider20
Avinash A. R.All-Rounder10
Amir Santosh DhumalAll-Rounder15.5
Mohammad Esmaeil NabibakhshAll-Rounder77.65
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Bengaluru Bulls

PKL Auction 2019
Credits PKL

The defending champions already have a quality squad in the form of Pawan Kumar Sehrawat and Captain Rohit Kumar. They signed Mahender Singh for ₹80 lakh, the team’s most expensive buy for the 2019 season.

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Elite Retained Players: Rohit Kumar, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Ashish Kumar

Retained Young Players: Amit Sheoran, Sumit Singh

New Young Players: Mohit Sehrawat, Banty

NamePositionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Mahender SinghDefender – Left cover80
SandeepDefender – Left Corner10
Vijay KumarDefender – Right Corner21.25
Raju Lal ChoudharyDefender – Right Corner10
AmanDefender – Left Corner6
Vinod KumarRaider10
Lal Mohar YadavRaider10
Sanjay ShresthaAll-Rounder10


Dabang Delhi

PKL Auction 2019
PKL Auction 2019 (Credits PKL)

After making it to the last six for the first time in the team’s history, Dabang Delhi will be eager to keep the consistency. They have retained Captain Meraj Sheykh. Chandran Ranjit was the team’s most expensive buy for ₹70 lakh.

Elite Retained Players: Meraj Sheykh, Joginder Narwal

NamePlaying positionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Ravinder PahalDefender – Right Corner61
Saeid GhaffariDefender – Left Cover16.5
Anil KumarDefender – Left cover20
Vishal ManeDefender – Right cover28.5
SatywanDefender – Left Cover6
Pratik PatilDefender – Right Corner6
Neeraj NarwalRaider6
Chandran RanjitRaider70
Vijay MalikAll-Rounder41


Gujarat Fortune Giants

PKL Auction 2019
PKL Auction 2019 (Credits Khel Kabaddi)

The two-time finalists are eager to get their hands on the trophy this time. Gujarat Fortune Giants spent ₹75 lakh for Parvesh Bhainswal, the left cover defender. The team retained two elite players, Sachin Tanwar and Sunil Kumar.

Elite Retained Players: Sachin Tanwar, Sunil Kumar

Retained Young Players: Lalit Chaudhary, Rohit Gulia

NamePlaying positionPrice (₹ Lakh)
AmitDefender – right cover17.25
Parvesh BhainswalDefender – Left cover75
Sonu GahlawatDefender – Left Corner6
Ruturaj Shivaji KoraviDefender30.5
More G BRaider21.5
Gurvinder SinghRaider10
Abolfazl MaghsodloumahalliRaider15.75
Vinod KumarAll-Rounder26
Mohammad Shazid HossainAll-Rounder10


Haryana Steelers

PKL Auction 2019
Prashanth Kumar Rai (Credits Hotstar)

After finishing with a wooden spoon twice in the last two seasons, the Steelers would look to get on the winning track in 2019. The team has signed Prashanth Kumar Rai for ₹77 lakh. Dharmaraj Cheralathan was the team’s most expensive defender for ₹38.5 lakh.

Elite Retained Players: Kuldeep Singh, Vikash Khandola

New Young Players: Vinay

NamePositionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Subhash NarwalDefender – Left Cover6
Dharmaraj CheralathanDefender – Right and left corner38.5
Ravi KumarDefender – Right cover20
Vikram KandolaDefender – Left Cover10
Vikas KaleDefender – Right cover34.25
Prashanth Kumar RaiRaider77
Amir Hossein MohammadmalekiRaider12.5
Selvamani KRaider16.5
Tin PhonchooAll-Rounder10


Jaipur Pink Panthers

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The inaugural champions bought Amit Hooda for ₹53 lakh and star raider Deepak Narwal for ₹30.5 lakh. Jaipur Pink Panthers retained all-rounder and the team captain Deepak Niwas Hooda and Sandeep Kumar Dhull.

Elite Retained Players: Deepak Niwas Hooda, Sandeep Kumar Dhull

Retained Young Players: Ajinkya Pawar, Lokesh Kaushik

New Young Players: Pavan TR, Sachin Narwal, Sushil Gulia

NamePlaying positionPrice (₹ Lakh)
KaramvirDefender – Left Corner6
Amit HoodaDefender – Right Corner53
Sunil SiddhgavaliDefender20
Nilesh SalunkeRaider23.5
Milinda ChathurangaRaider10
Deepak NarwalRaider30.5
Dong Gyu KimAll-Rounder10


Patna Pirates

PKL Auction 2019
PKL Auction 2019 (Credits Pro Kabaddi League)

It goes without saying that the three-time champions Patna Pirates retained the best raider in the PKL history Pardeep Narwal. But the team also made a few great new signings, especially in the form of Korean Jang Kun Lee and Iranian Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsodlou.

Elite Retained Players: Pardeep Narwal, Vikas Jaglan, Jawahar Dagar

New Young Players: Mohit

PlayerPlaying PositionPrice (₹ Lakhs)
JaideepDefender – Left Corner35
Surender NadaDefender – Left Corner77
Neeraj KumarDefender – Right Cover44.75
Mahendra ChoudharyDefender – Right Corner6
Mohammad Esmaeil MaghsodlouRaider35
Jang Kun LeeRaider40
Hadi OshtorakAll-Rounder16

Puneri Paltan

PKL Auction 2019Puneri Paltan was the only team to not retain any players for the seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League. The team did usee FBM card to buy back Nitin Tomar for ₹1.20 crores, making him the second most expensive Kabaddi player in the PKL auction 2019.

NamePlaying positionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Hadi TajikDefender – Right Corner10
Girish Maruti ErnakDefender – Left Corner33
PO Surjeet SinghDefender – Right cover56
SatpalDefender – Right Corner20
Deepak YadavDefender – Right cover10
Jadhav Balasaheb ShahajiDefender – Right Cover10.25
Pawan Kumar (Kadian)Raider20
Amit KumarRaider12
Nitin TomarRaider120
Darshan KadianRaider20
Emad Sedaghat NiaRaider11.25
Sagar B. KrishnaAll-Rounder10


Tamil Thalaivas

Rahul Chaudhari Super 10 KreedOn
Credits Twitter

As if the likes of Ajay Thakur was not dangerous enough in the attack, Tamil Thalaivas bought the man with the most points in the PKL history, Rahul Chaudhari, for 94 lakh. Superstar defender Mohit Chillar was also signed for ₹45 lakh.

Elite Retained Players: Ajay Thakur, Manjeet Chhillar, Victor Onyango Obiero

New Young Players: Himanshu, M. Abhishek

NamePositionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Milad SheibakDefender10
Mohit ChhillarDefender – Right Corner45
AjeetDefender – Right Cover32
Rahul ChaudhariRaider94
Shabeer BappuRaider10
Vineet SharmaRaider10
Yashwant BishnoiRaider10
Ran SinghAll-Rounder55


Telugu Titans

Credits PKL

The Titans made the most of the auctions and signed last season’s Best Emerging Players, Siddarth Desai for 1.45 crores, making him 2019’s most expensive player. The raider also became the second most expensive player. The team also invested in the Iranian defender Abozar Mohajermighani, paying ₹75 lakh.

Elite Retained Players: Armaan, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, Krushna Madane

New Young Players: Manish, Akash Choudhary

NamePlaying positionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Abozar MohajermighaniDefender75
Vishal BhardwajDefender60
C. ArunDefender – Left Corner10
Mula Siva Ganesh ReddyRaider6
Rakesh GowdaRaider6
Amit KumarRaider10
Suraj DesaiRaider10
Siddharth Sirish DesaiRaider145
Dewitt JenningsAll-Rounder10


U Mumba

Sandeep KreedOn
Credits Firstpost

The 2015 Champions retained their Captain, Fazel Atrachali, probably the best defender in the league. U Mumba also signed Sandeep Narwal for 89 lakh, making the all-rounder their most expensive buy of 2019.

Elite Retained Players: Fazel Atrachali, Rajaguru Subramanian, Arjun Deshwal

Retained Young Players: Anil, Gaurav Kumar, Mohit Balyan, Surender Singh

NamePlaying positionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Young Chang KoDefender – Left cover10
Harendra KumarDefender – Left Cover10
Harsh VardhanDefender – Right Corner10
Athul MSRaider20
Rohit BaliyanRaider35
Abhishek SinghRaider10
Vinoth KumarRaider10
Dong Geon LeeRaider25
Sandeep NarwalAll-Rounder89
Ajinkya Rohidas KapreAll-Rounder10.25


UP Yoddha

Monu Goyat
Monu Goyat

UP Yoddha retained Nitesh Kumar, league’s best defender in the sixth season and the only defender to score 100 tackle points. The team also signed Monu Goyat for ₹93 lakh, just a season after the raider became the most expensive player.

Elite Retained Players: Amit Narwal, Sachin Kumar

Retained Young Players: Nitesh Kumar, Aashish Nagar, Azad Singh, Arkam Shaikh

NamePlaying positionPrice (₹ Lakh)
Md. Masud KarimRaider10
Monu GoyatRaider93
Rishank DevadigaRaider61
Shrikant JadhavRaider68
Gulveer SinghRaider10
Surender SinghRaider10
Mohsen MaghsoudloujafariAll-Rounder21


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