Kabaddi is a game originated in ancient India. It’s such a thrilling sport to watch as an audience but sadly kabaddi players in India are still to be known on that level where we have taken cricketers as fans. Kabaddi has some basic rules. There are 7 players on each side and is played for a duration of 40 minutes with a 5 minutes break.
Here we talk about top 10 kabaddi players in India and abroad who have not missed any chance to showcase their talent and extraordinary skills on an International level.
Pardeep Narwal was born on Feb 16, 1997. He hails from Haryana and currently plays for the Indian national kabaddi team. Pardeep also plays for Patna Pirates in the Pro Kabaddi League(PKL). He is currently one of the biggest sensations amongst the Kabaddi players in India. This 21-year-old helped Patna Pirates win the title(third time) in the last season of Pro Kabaddi League 2017. He even became the best raider of that season.
Pardeep is also titled as “Dubki King”, a move where the raider ducks low off the ground and then launches himself up to escape from the grip of the opponent and earn some points. His 8 point raid against Haryana steelers in season 5 of pro kabaddi league is one big golden moment of his career.
Manjeet Chillar is an all-rounder and hence is named as “One man army” due to his amazing all-around skills. He was also a part of the Indian Kabaddi team where they won a gold at the Asian Games 2014. His signature move is Block where the defender places himself in the raider’s way and blocks his way between him and the half line.
This Iranian defender is one deadly player to look out for. He has the skill to hold down any raider within no time. He got famous after being a part of U Mumba who won the PKL title in season 2. His signature move is Dash which is an aggressive move in which a defender sprints across the mat and using his force the raider out of the boundary.
He has been a part of the Indian Kabaddi team when they earned Asian gold medals in 2010 and 2014. Anup is the captain of Jaipur Pink Panthers in PKL. He is known for his strategies and was the highest scorer in season 1 of PKL where he scored 169 points. He is known for “toe touch”, a move which involves the extension of the leg to touch the feet of the defender’s feet with just his toes.
Sandeep was a defender first but then went on to become an all-rounder after brushing his raiding skills. He is one of the few all-rounders who has 200+ points in both raid and tackle points. His signature move is also Block, same as of Manjeet Chillar.
Meraj is easily one of the best all-rounders in the currently playing in PKL. His both tackling and raiding skills are something to watch out for. He is an Iranian all-rounder who has lead the Iranian kabaddi team in various tournaments. His signature move is scorpion kick in which the raider turns towards the midline and then makes a sudden motion of leg up to touch the defender just like a scorpion would attack to sting.
This 23-year-old raider came into light after he literally rescued India in a do or die raid at the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 against Iran and ultimately won the game. He was the highest scorer for his side, Up yoddha in season 5 of PKL with a total of 177 points. His signature move is “running hand touch”, it’s a sudden move of moving towards the defender whilst stretching the whole body to touch the defender in a quick motion with his hands.
Rohit started his PkL journey with a bang. He scored a total of 109 points for Patna Pirates. He rose to fame after single-handedly picking up 32 points against Up Yoddha in season 5. His signature move is the “frog jump” the raider launches himself off the ground to touch the defenders and lands beyond their reach and get back to his side.
Jang Kun Lee
Jang is a Korean Raider who has a record for earning the most points by any overseas player in Pro Kabaddi. He has captained the Republic of Korea’s Kabaddi team for various international tournaments. His signature move is “Kick” which involves extending the leg instead of your hand to touch the defender as quickly as possible.
The current captain of the India Kabaddi Team needs no introduction. His stunning performance is one of the main reasons behind the victory of India at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. He was the top raider of that tournament. His experience also helped India win a Gold at the Incheon Asian Games 2014. With over 14 years of experience, he has always been a treat to watch for Kabaddi fans. He is currently leading Tamil Thalaivas in season 6 of PKL. His signature move: Frog jump.