Kabaddi is a game that always keeps you on your toes; both as a player and as a viewer. With the introduction of the Pro Kabaddi League, the sport has developed a huge fan base not only in India but also all across the globe. Today, even people abroad are aware of the fact that a game called Kabaddi was created in India and is played at a grand scale like the Pro Kabaddi League. PKL introduced a lot of new rules to the game, that weren’t linked to the traditional game before. However, some have remained intact with the game since its beginning. One such rule is the ‘Super Raid’. Let us have a closer look at what a super raid is.
Super Raid Rule
We are aware of the fact that in Kabaddi, a player enters into the opponent’s half and this process of the player coming into the opponent’s arena is called a raid and the player entering is called the raider. The raider gets the point if he touches one of the opponents and returns backs to his half successfully. One-touch ensures one point added to the raider’s team. However, if he/she decides not to touch any of the defenders and return safely, no point is shared, and this ends up being called an empty raid.
Duty of a Raider
But a play where a raider is successfully able to snatch 3 or more points successfully, it is known as a super raid. These need not be points only through touches. It can be combined with touches, bonus point, and if the defender of the opponent commits a mistake by going outside the court. Getting a super raid lifts the overall confidence of the team as your team member is successfully able to deceit 3 or more players with his skills, and it adds a lot of pressure on the opponent teams. Many matches have just changed their behaviour because of one super raid. A super raid as such is not a rule, but a term. To keep it in simple terms, it’s equivalent of getting a 4-wicket haul in T20 cricket.
5 Raiders with the most number of Super Raids in PKL
Ajay Thakur (22)
Tamil Thalaivas’ raider Ajay Thakur stands 5th on this list with 22 super raids to his name. Ajay has been one of the most successful raiders in PKL history and has the record of being the raider with the 3rd most number of overall points to his name. The 32 year old from Himachal Pradesh has 736 raid points to his name.
Kashiling Adake (23)
On number 4 is Bengaluru Bulls’ raider Kashiling Adake with 23 super raids to his name in his 92 appearances. Kashiling was the leading raider for Dabbang Delhi in Season 1,2,3 and 4 and U Mumba in Season 5. He won the Best Raider award in Season 2 with 114 raid points to his name. In total, he has 561 raid points to his name.
Rishank Devadiga (23)
UP Yoddha’s Rishank Devadiga is number 3 on this list with 23 super raids to his name. His signature move ‘Running Hand Touch’ has earned him most of his success as a raider. He is the 7th most successful raiders in PKL in terms of raid points, with 549 raid points to his tally.
Rahul Chaudhari (24)
The raider with the 2nd most Super Raids in PKL is Tamil Thalaivas’ Rahul Chaudhari. Rahul has 24 super raids to his name in his 101 appearances. He was the leading raider in season 4 with 146 points in his account. Rahul was the first player to cross 400 points in Pro Kabaddi League history. In terms of successful raids, Rahul has been the most successful raider with 687 points.
Pardeep Narwal (38)
No.1 on this list is the king of Kabaddi, Pardeep Narwal! Pardeep has been the key player to Patna Pirates’ success in the past few years. Has 38 super raids to his name. Pardeep has been the most successful raider in the Pro Kabaddi League with 875 points to his name in just the 87 games he has played (updated as of 28 July). The figures achieved by Pardeep in such a small period is almost next to impossible.