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PKL Winners: List of All Season Champions (2014-2022)

It is safe to say that the Indian Premier League has changed the face of Indian Sports. Since the IPL’s success, a number of sports have tried to emulate the same formula with a franchise-based league of their own, and one league that has definitely found success is the Pro Kabaddi League! Launched in 2014, the PKL season 10 is set to start on 2nd Dec 2023. The league also added four new teams in 2017, taking the tally to 12 teams in total. Looking at the fan following, there is no doubt that the upcoming season will be a huge success as well. So before the season starts, let us get to know a little bit about the previous winners. Here is the list of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) winners in the first 9 seasons:

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Performance of all the teams in all seasons

Team Played Won Loss Draw Win% Loss% Draw% SD Trophy
Bengal Warriors 173 76 76 21 43.93% 43.93% 12.13% -168 1
Bengaluru Bulls 178 86 81 11 48.31% 45.50% 6.17% 175 1
Dabang Delhi 173 71 86 16 41.04% 49.71% 9.24% 1 1
Gujarat Giants 116 60 43 13 51.72% 37.06% 11.20% 225 0
Haryana Steelers 112 52 48 12 46.42% 42.85% 10.71% -95 0
Jaipur Pink Panthers 172 81 77 14 47.09% 44.76% 8.13% 164 2
Patna Pirates 180 95 68 17 52.77% 37.77% 9.44% 320 3
Puneri Paltan 175 77 84 14 44% 48% 8% -52 0
Tamil Thalaivas 112 30 62 20 26.78% 55.35% 17.85% -299 0
Telugu Titans 170 54 97 19 31.76% 57.05% 11.17% -342 0
U Mumba 175 98 64 13 56% 36.57% 7.42% 325 1
UP Yoddhas 118 54 48 16 45.76% 40.67% 13.55% 46 0

(As of 18 December 2022, Puneri Paltan vs Jaipur Pink Panthers)

Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) winners (2014-2022)

Pro Kabaddi Winners (Credits PKL Website)

Jaipur Pink Panthers (2014)

Following IPL’s footsteps, Pro Kabaddi League also had an inaugural champion from the city of Jaipur. Abhishek Bachchan’s Jaipur Pink Panthers won the first season of the Pro Kabaddi League, defeating U Mumba in the final.

Eight teams competed in the double round robin format in the fight to finish in the top four. Bengaluru Bulls and Patna Pirates were the other two semi-finalists along with Jaipur and Mumbai based franchise.

U Mumba defeated the Bulls 27-23 while Jaipur crushed Patna Pirates 38-18 to set up the first ever Pro Kabaddi League final. In the final, played in Mumbai, the Panthers defeated Mumbai 35-24 to win the first ever PKL Championship. U Mumba’s captain Anup Kumar was named the Player of the Season. He was the best raider of the tournament, winning 155 points for his team.

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U Mumba (2015)

Pro Kabaddi Winners
Pro Kabaddi Winners (Credits PKL Website)

After missing out on the title in the first season, U Mumba finally got their hands on the trophy next year. The Mumbai-based team was dominant throughout the season and finished the group stages at the top of the table.

Telugu Titans, Bengaluru Bulls, and Patna Pirates also qualified for the semi-finals as the 2014 Champions Jaipur Pink Panthers missed out. The Bulls defeated Titans 39-38 in the closely fought contest while U Mumba made it to the second consecutive final with a 35-18 win against Pirates.

Led by one of India’s top raider Anup Kumar, U Mumba won the title in the second season, defeating Bengaluru Bulls 36-30 in the final. Manjeet Chhillar of the Bulls was named the Player of the Season for his all-round performance throughout the tournament.

Patna Pirates (January 2016)

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Pro Kabaddi Winners (Credits Day Today GK)

In the first season of the Pro Kabaddi League, people tuned in due to curiosity and stayed for the second season because they liked it. The response in stadiums and TV ratings was exceptional. As a result, the organizers decided to make PKL a bi-annual affair, in January and July.

And although the format remained the same with double round robin for eight teams, the competition now became a caravan, playing matches in every city for three days.

U Mumba and Patna Pirates qualified for the semi-finals for the third consecutive time while Puneri Paltan and Bengal Warriors made it to the last four the first time. The Pirates defeated Pune 40-21 in the semi-final to enter the final of the tournament for the first time in three attempts. On the other hand, U Mumba defeated Bengal 41-29 to complete the hat-trick of finals.

But the Mumbai based team could not defend the title as Patna Pirates won the final 31-28, bagging a trophy and ₹1 crore in the process. Rohit Kumar of the Pirates was awarded Man of the Series for winning 102 raid points throughout the tournament.

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Patna Pirates (July 2016)

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The third season of the Pro Kabaddi League was the start of the dominance for Patna Pirates. After suffering defeats in the semi-finals of the first two seasons, the Pirates were hungry to make up for it.

In the fourth season, being played just 6 months after the previous one, the Pirates dominated the group stage, finishing ahead of Telugu Titans, Jaipur Pink Panthers, and Puneri Paltan. U Mumba missed out on the top four for the first time after finishing fifth due to inferior score different to Pune.

The Pirates defeated Pune in the repeat of January semi-final while the Panthers won 34-24 against Telugu Titans to return to the final after two years. Patna became the first team to successfully defend the title after beating Jaipur 37-29 in the final.

Patna Pirates (2017)

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After trying a bi-annual league in 2016, the organizers returned to their July-only schedule for the fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League. Four more teams were added, UP Yoddha, Tamil Thalaivas, Haryana Steelers and Gujarat Fortune Giants, taking the tally to 12 teams in total but no one could stop Patna Pirates from completing the hat-trick.

12 teams were divided into two zones of six teams each. With three games each against the opponents from the same zone, one each against teams from the other zone, and one wild card inter-zone match, all 12 teams played 22 games in total. Newbies Gujarat Fortune Giants finished at the top of Zone A while Bengal Warriors topped Zone B.

Along with the Zone toppers, teams ranked second and third from each zone were involved in a six-way Play-off. Gujarat made it to the final in their first-ever season where they faced two times champions Patna Pirates. The title holders won the final 55-38 to complete the hat-trick of championships.

The fifth season was a big expansion of the league as the total number of matches went up to 138 from 60 in the first four seasons.

Bengaluru Bulls (2018)

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The same zonal format continued for the sixth season of Pro Kabaddi League, with 12 teams in total. Gujarat once again topped the Zone A while Bengaluru Bulls finished first in Zone B.

Three-time champions, Patna Pirates failed to even make it to the playoffs, finishing fourth in Zone B. U Mumba returned to the playoffs after missing out in the previous two seasons. Dabang Delhi and UP Yoddha also entered the playoff race for the first time in the competition.

The Bulls defeated Gujarat in the first qualifier to enter the final for the second time after 2015. But Gujarat also qualified for the second consecutive final, defeating UP Yoddha 38-31 in the qualifier 2.

Bengaluru Bulls, the 2014 semi-finalists and 2015 finalists, finally got their hands on the trophy, after winning the final 38-33. Gujrat, on the other hands, Gujarat suffered second consecutive defeat in the final.

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Bengal Warriors (2019)

Bengal Warriors beat Dabang Delhi 39-34 to lift maiden PKL title | Other News – India TV

Bengal Warriors clinched their maiden PKL championship in Season 7 through a united team effort. In the final showdown against Dabang Delhi K.C., despite the absence of their captain and lead raider Maninder Singh, Bengal Warriors remained formidable. Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh took charge and secured a game-changing Super 10, leading his team to a 39-34 victory over Dabang Delhi K.C., even in the face of the season’s MVP, Naveen Kumar.

Dabang Delhi KC (2021)

Dabang Delhi beat Patna Pirates to become PKL Season 8 champions | Sports News - The Indian Express

In Season 8, Dabang Delhi K.C. secured their first PKL trophy by edging out Patna Pirates 37-36, marking them as the sixth team in the league’s history to claim the title. The final showcased a stellar performance from the 2-time MVP, Naveen Kumar, and the outstanding all-rounder Vijay, each notching Super 10s against the solid defense led by Mohammadreza Chiyaneh of Patna Pirates.

Naveen Kumar, with 207 raid points in 17 matches, earned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) title for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, veteran all-rounder Manjeet Chhillar concluded the season as the most successful defender for Dabang Delhi K.C., amassing 52 tackle points.

The Season 8 final witnessed the narrowest margin of victory in a PKL final, with Dabang Delhi K.C. clinching the championship by just 1 point, triumphing over the three-time champions Patna Pirates.

Jaipur Pink Panthers (2022)

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In the Season 9 Final, Jaipur Pink Panthers secured their second Pro Kabaddi title by defeating Puneri Paltan 33-29. Captain Sunil Kumar’s impressive High 5, combined with a united effort from Arjun Deshwal and Ajith Kumar in the offense, each contributing six raid points, propelled the inaugural champions to glory once again.

Arjun Deshwal, named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Season 9, dominated the raiding charts with an impressive 296 raid points. Additionally, Jaipur Pink Panthers discovered a standout defender in Ankush, who set a record for the most tackle points by any debutant in PKL history with 89. Meanwhile, Bharat from Bengaluru Bulls earned the title of Best Raider of the Season, amassing 279 raid points.

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Chinmay Pagar
Chinmay Pagar
I might be a Mechanical Engineer on the paper, but I was a Sports enthusiast since childhood, screaming at the TV watching cricket at the age of 4. Not much excites me other than sports unless it's free pizza. I can watch literally anything remotely related to sports; Cricket, Football, Tennis, F1, Hockey, Athletics, Chess, you name it! And I love to write too, so at the time I'm not watching sports, I'm writing about it. Or eating pizzas, of course.



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