Dabang Delhi’s main man in the defence, Ravinder Pahal is easily one of the best Right Corner in the Indian Kabaddi at the moment. Export of India’s Kabaddi capital, Sonepat, the 28-year old is the second-most successful defender in the Pro Kabaddi League, behind Manjeet Chillar. With his side setting records after records in the league this season, here is everything you need to know about the Hawk-Eye of the PKL, Ravinder Pahal:
Date of Birth
7th December 1990
5 ft 10 in
Diving Thigh Hold
Ravinder Pahal Biography
Ravinder was born on 7th December 1990 in Sonepat, Haryana. Sonepat has a rich tradition of Kabaddi and is known for producing superstars. And it did not take Ravinder a lot of time to fall in love with the sport.
After impressing everyone at the local level, Pahal made it to the Haryana’s State team for the National Championships. And if you have any idea about the quality of Haryana’s Kabaddi team, you’ll know how difficult it is to get into that side. It’s like getting into Indian Cricket team’s batting top order!
Like every other Indian Kabaddi player, Ravinder Pahal’s time to shine came after the launch of the PKL in 2014. The defender was signed by Dabang Delhi for the inaugural season. Although he played just 9 games in PKL 1, Ravinder bagged invaluable experience, defending alongside Delhi’s captain, Jasmer Singh Gulia, the Asian Games gold medallist. Ravinder finished with 29 tackle points in 9 games in the first season of PKL.
Stamping the Authority
After announcing himself in the first season, Ravinder quickly became Dabang Delhi’s main man in defence in the second season. The Right Corner was the league’s best defender with 60 tackle points in 14 games. Ravinder also bagged 7 super tackles, most in the league and 5 High 5s, second-best in the league.
Despite his best efforts, Dabang Delhi finished 7th in the league, with just 4 wins. But the next season was even worse for Delhi with Ravinder nowhere near his best. The capital-city club finished last with just one win in 14 games. And Pahal, who was league’s best defender just six months ago, finished with only 26 tackle points in 11 games.
After three seasons at Delhi, Ravinder was bought by Puneri Paltan before the start of the season 4. And after a disappointing third season, Ravinder finally found his groove back. The defender won 37 tackle points in 14 games and helped the Paltan to their best finish in the league, 3rd place.
Back to his Best
Despite helping Pune to the third-place finish, Ravinder failed to recreate his heroics of the second season. Playing for Bengaluru Bulls in the fifth season, the defender crossed the 50 tackle point mark for the second time in his career. He also became only the fifth defender to cross the 200-mark during the season.
And after spending two seasons at Pune and Bengaluru respectively, Ravinder returned to Dabang Delhi, where it all started. And his 59 tackle points helped Delhi to qualify for the playoffs for the very first time in PKL’s history.
Second Defender with 300+
In the seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League, Ravinder Pahal crossed the 300 tackle point mark. He became only the second player, after Manjeet Chillar to achieve such a remarkable feat. The Right Corner is also the second most successful defender in the Pro Kabaddi League’s history.
Before the start of the PKL 7, Ravinder represented Railways team at the 66th National Kabaddi Championship. And the defender, along with veteran Dharmaraj Cheralathan, helped the Railways to the title. Railways crushed Services 41-17 in the final.
|Total Points Earned||317||40||59||54||37||34||64||29|
|Most Points In A Match||9||8||6||7||6||9||9||7|
|Not Out %||86.2 %||100 %||0||83.33 %||0||88.23 %||82.35 %||0|
|No Of Super Tackles||19||0||3||3||2||4||7||0|
|Total Tackle Points||303||40||59||52||37||26||60||29|
|Average Tackle / Match||2.73||2.66||2.54||2.57||2.5||2||3.78||3.22|
|Tackle Strike Rate||49.42 %||42.55 %||47.2 %||50 %||51.38 %||44.82 %||62.5 %||45.31 %|
Signature Move of Ravinder Pahal
Ravinder is one of the strongest defenders in the league at the moment. And the 28-year old loves to show his authority in defence with one of the most difficult defensive moves – Diving Thigh Hold. The move needs the defender to be strong, fast and extremely strong to dive in and get hold of the raider’s thighs. And Ravinder is everything! He is quick enough to surprise the raider out of nowhere and strong enough to keep the raider away from the half-line.
Ravinder Pahal Facts
- Ravinder Pahal comes from Sonepat, a land known as the country’s ‘Kabaddi capital’. The district has the distinction of producing stalwarts like Parvesh Bhainswal, Sandeep Narwal, Deepak Hooda, Deepak Narwal, and Virender Wajir Singh.
- Pahal was season 2’s best defender, scalping 64 points from 14 games. He was also one of the first few defenders to score 9 points in a match.
- He was part of the Delhi team that won the distinction of being the first side to scalp 50 points in a single game.
- With 303 points (as of 16 September ’19), Ravinder Pahal is the second-best defender in the league after Manjeet Chillar.
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