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Top 10 Kabaddi Players In India & Abroad | Know about their extraordinary skills & Where they are now !

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Kabaddi is a game that 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 40 minutes with a 5 minutes break. Here we talk about the 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 like Pardeep Narwal, Manjeet Chhillar and many more.

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Top 10 Kabaddi Players in India and Abroad

Names Country
Pardeep Narwal  India
Manjeet Chhillar India
Fazel Atrachali Iran
Anup Kumar India
Sandeep Narwal India
Meraj Sheykh Iran
Nitin Tomar India
Rohit Kumar India
Jang Kun Lee South Korea
Ajay Thakur India

Pardeep Narwal 

He was born on Feb 16, 1997. He hails from Haryana and currently plays for the Indian national kabaddi team. Pardeep also plays for UP Yoddha in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). He is currently one of the biggest sensations amongst the Kabaddi players in India. This 25-year-old helped Patna Pirates win the title (third time) in the 2017 season of Pro Kabaddi League. He even became the best raider of that season.

Pardeep is also titled “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 the Haryana steelers in season 5 of the pro kabaddi league is one big golden moment of his career.

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Manjeet Chhillar

Manjeet Chhillar is an all-rounder and one of the best kabaddi players 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 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.

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Fazel Atrachali

This Iranian defender is one deadly Kabaddi 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.

Kabaddi Players in India and Abroad | Pardeep Narwal | Manjeet Chhillar |KreedOn
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Anup Kumar

He has been a part of the Indian Kabaddi team when they earned Asian gold medals in 2010 and 2014. Anup Kumar is the Kabaddi Coach of PKL Team Puneri Paltan. 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 that involves the extension of the leg to touch the feet of the defender’s feet with just his toes.

Kabaddi Players in India and Abroad | Pardeep Narwal | Manjeet Chhillar |KreedOn
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Sandeep Narwal

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, the same as Manjeet Chillar.

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Meraj Sheykh

Meraj is easily one of the best all-rounders and currently playing for Dabang Delhi in PKL. His both tackling and raiding skills are something to watch out for. He is an Iranian all-rounder who has led the Iranian kabaddi team in various tournaments. His signature move is a 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.

Image Source: PKL

Nitin Tomar

This 26-year-old raider came to 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 toward the defender whilst stretching the whole body to touch the defender in a quick motion with his hands. He is a member of the Puneri Paltan team in PKL. He was the highest Sold player at Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 auction and sold for 93 lakhs to UP Yoddha.

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Rohit Kumar

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 gets back to his side.

Image Source: PKL

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.

Kabaddi Players in India and Abroad | Pardeep Narwal | KreedOn
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Ajay Thakur 

The former 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. His signature move: Frog jump.

Kabaddi Players in India and Abroad | Pardeep Narwal | KreedOn
Image Source: PKL

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Who is the No 1 kabaddi player?

“Dubki King” Pardeep Narwal is the No. 1 kabaddi player in India. Pardeep has the highest number of raid points.

Who is the No 1 player in Pro Kabaddi?

Pardeep Narwal is at the top of most lists, including total points, most points from raids, most successful raids, average points from raids, most points from super raids in Pro Kabaddi.

Who are the top 5 kabaddi players?

Pardeep Narwal, Manjeet Chhillar, Fazel Atrachali, Anup Kumar and Sandeep Narwal are the top 5 Kabaddi players.

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Amrita pandey
Amrita pandey
Amrita is a content writer/editor and social media manager at KreedOn. Amrita looks after the content creation and marketing of the website. Her love for sports made her join this organization where her intention is to help every athlete get the recognition they deserve through her profession. Amrita started writing when only sketching cartoons at the back of her notebook seemed a little too vague for a school pass out.



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