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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.

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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:

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Bengal Warriors

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Credits Bengal Warriors

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

Retained Young Players: Adarsh T, Ravindra Kumawat

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New Young Players: Sahil

Player Position Price (₹ Lakh)
Jeeva Kumar Defender – Right and left cover 31
Rinku Narwal Defender 20
Dharmendra Singh Defender – Left Corner 10
Viraj Vishnu Landge Defender – Left cover 10
Vijin Thangadurai Defender – Right cover 10
Amit Defender – Right Corner 17.5
Mohammad Taghi Paeinmahalli Raider 15.5
Bhuvneshwar Gaur Raider 10
Rakesh Narwal Raider 16.25
K. Prapanjan Raider 55.5
Sukesh Hegde Raider 20
Avinash A. R. All-Rounder 10
Amir Santosh Dhumal All-Rounder 15.5
Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh All-Rounder 77.65

Bengaluru Bulls

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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.

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

Retained Young Players: Amit Sheoran, Sumit Singh

New Young Players: Mohit Sehrawat, Banty

Name Position Price (₹ Lakh)
Mahender Singh Defender – Left cover 80
Sandeep Defender – Left Corner 10
Vijay Kumar Defender – Right Corner 21.25
Raju Lal Choudhary Defender – Right Corner 10
Aman Defender – Left Corner 6
Vinod Kumar Raider 10
Lal Mohar Yadav Raider 10
Sanjay Shrestha All-Rounder 10

Dabang Delhi

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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

Name Playing position Price (₹ Lakh)
Ravinder Pahal Defender – Right Corner 61
Saeid Ghaffari Defender – Left Cover 16.5
Anil Kumar Defender – Left cover 20
Vishal Mane Defender – Right cover 28.5
Sombir Defender 10
Satywan Defender – Left Cover 6
Pratik Patil Defender – Right Corner 6
Neeraj Narwal Raider 6
Chandran Ranjit Raider 70
Vijay Malik All-Rounder 41

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

Name Playing position Price (₹ Lakh)
Amit Defender – right cover 17.25
Parvesh Bhainswal Defender – Left cover 75
Sonu Gahlawat Defender – Left Corner 6
Ruturaj Shivaji Koravi Defender 30.5
More G B Raider 21.5
Gurvinder Singh Raider 10
Sonu Raider 10
Abolfazl Maghsodloumahalli Raider 15.75
Abhishek Raider 8
Vinod Kumar All-Rounder 26
Mohammad Shazid Hossain All-Rounder 10
Pankaj All-Rounder 10

Haryana Steelers

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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.

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Elite Retained Players: Kuldeep Singh, Vikash Khandola

New Young Players: Vinay

Name Position Price (₹ Lakh)
Subhash Narwal Defender – Left Cover 6
Dharmaraj Cheralathan Defender – Right and left corner 38.5
Ravi Kumar Defender – Right cover 20
Vikram Kandola Defender – Left Cover 10
Vikas Kale Defender – Right cover 34.25
Prashanth Kumar Rai Raider 77
Amir Hossein Mohammadmaleki Raider 12.5
Selvamani K Raider 16.5
Naveen Raider 33.5
Tin Phonchoo All-Rounder 10


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

Name Playing position Price (₹ Lakh)
Karamvir Defender – Left Corner 6
Amit Hooda Defender – Right Corner 53
Sunil Siddhgavali Defender 20
Nilesh Salunke Raider 23.5
Milinda Chathuranga Raider 10
Deepak Narwal Raider 30.5
Vishal All-Rounder 25.5
Dong Gyu Kim All-Rounder 10


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

Player Playing Position Price (₹ Lakhs)
Jaideep Defender – Left Corner 35
Surender Nada Defender – Left Corner 77
Neeraj Kumar Defender – Right Cover 44.75
Mahendra Choudhary Defender – Right Corner 6
Ashish Raider 6
Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsodlou Raider 35
Jang Kun Lee Raider 40
Hadi Oshtorak All-Rounder 16
Ravinder All-Rounder 10

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.

Name Playing position Price (₹ Lakh)
Hadi Tajik Defender – Right Corner 10
Girish Maruti Ernak Defender – Left Corner 33
PO Surjeet Singh Defender – Right cover 56
Satpal Defender – Right Corner 20
Deepak Yadav Defender – Right cover 10
Jadhav Balasaheb Shahaji Defender – Right Cover 10.25
Pawan Kumar (Kadian) Raider 20
Amit Kumar Raider 12
Manjeet Raider 63
Nitin Tomar Raider 120
Darshan Kadian Raider 20
Emad Sedaghat Nia Raider 11.25
Sagar B. Krishna All-Rounder 10

Tamil Thalaivas

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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

Name Position Price (₹ Lakh)
Milad Sheibak Defender 10
Mohit Chhillar Defender – Right Corner 45
Ajeet Defender – Right Cover 32
Rahul Chaudhari Raider 94
Shabeer Bappu Raider 10
Vineet Sharma Raider 10
Yashwant Bishnoi Raider 10
Ran Singh All-Rounder 55

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

Name Playing position Price (₹ Lakh)
Abozar Mohajermighani Defender 75
Vishal Bhardwaj Defender 60
C. Arun Defender – Left Corner 10
Mula Siva Ganesh Reddy Raider 6
Rakesh Gowda Raider 6
Amit Kumar Raider 10
Suraj Desai Raider 10
Siddharth Sirish Desai Raider 145
Dewitt Jennings All-Rounder 10

U Mumba

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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

Name Playing position Price (₹ Lakh)
Young Chang Ko Defender – Left cover 10
Harendra Kumar Defender – Left Cover 10
Harsh Vardhan Defender – Right Corner 10
Athul MS Raider 20
Rohit Baliyan Raider 35
Abhishek Singh Raider 10
Vinoth Kumar Raider 10
Dong Geon Lee Raider 25
Sandeep Narwal All-Rounder 89
Ajinkya Rohidas Kapre All-Rounder 10.25


UP Yoddha

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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

Name Playing position Price (₹ Lakh)
Md. Masud Karim Raider 10
Monu Goyat Raider 93
Rishank Devadiga Raider 61
Shrikant Jadhav Raider 68
Gulveer Singh Raider 10
Surender Singh Raider 10
Ankush Raider 6.25
Narender All-Rounder 20
Gurdeep All-Rounder 10
Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari All-Rounder 21

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