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Vikas Kandola Biography: The Kabaddi Player Who Is Redefining the Game

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The inception of the Pro Kabaddi League certainly gave recognition to the sport’s longest servants like Anup Kumar, Dharmaraj Chelarathan, and Ajay Thakur. More importantly, it also laid the foundation to bring the game’s next heroes through an array of grassroots programs, the foremost of which is the New Young Players (NYP) program. And one of the proud alumni of the program is Vikas Kandola (or Vikash Khandola). A raider by trade, the youngster has set the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) on fire with some scintillating attacking play for Haryana Steelers. In PKL 2023, Vikash Kandola is playing for Bengaluru Bulls.

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Vikas caught the eyeballs towards the end of the sixth season of PKL where he emerged as the highest point scorer for his team. The attacker’s unpredictability and energy across the mat give him a great advantage against his opponents. Vikas continued to be the go-to man for the Haryana franchise in the seventh edition as well, having won many games single-handedly. Here’s everything you need to know about Vikas Kandola.

About Vikas Kandola

Name Vikas Kandola
Vikas Kandola Age 24 years
Date of Birth 2nd April 1998
Coach Dharamraj Kandola/ Rakesh Kumar
Vikas Kandola Sport Kabaddi
Education BA from Rajiv Gandhi College, Uchana
Achievement Highest points scorer for Haryana Steelers during season 6 of PKL in 2018.
Position Left Raider
Vikas Kandola Height 5’7 ft.
Weight 68 kg
Teams Played for Bengaluru Bulls, HARYANA STEELERS, RS, RAIL, ECR, Dabang Delhi
Vikas Kandola Wife Unmarried
Vikas Kandola Price 1.70 crores
Family Not Known
Vikas Kandola Hometown Jind, Haryana
Vikas Kandola Networth 5 Million (Approx)
Total Matches Played 101
Total Raids 1579
Total Tackle Points 20
Total Raids Points 732
Average Raid Points/Match 7.25
Vikas Kandola Instagram @vikashkandola.8
Signature Move Running Hand Touch

Vikash Kandola Biography

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Early Life

Vikash was born on April 02, 1998, in the Jind district of Haryana. He began his career in his teenage during the fourth edition of PKL with the team of Dabang Delhi. Vikas has also represented Railways in the 3rd Kabaddi Federation Cup in the early stage of his career. He later went on to play for Haryana in the following year from which he started gaining success. Kandola got recognition in the fifth edition for great performance and then went on to climb up the ladder of success. He took his performance in the sixth season of PKL to another level and is continued in the 9th edition as well.

Vikas Kandola PKL Career

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Vikas Kandola began his VIVO Pro Kabaddi league with Dabang Delhi during the fourth season. Although he did not have a dream start to his PKL Career and this is crly suggested by his numbers as well. In the four matches that he played in that season for Dabang Delhi, he could only earn 5 raid points. He conducted a total of 17 raids for gathering those points. There were no effective points as well, and his average time spent on the mat was also very less.

Season 5

This was the breakthrough season for Kandola as his fortunes changed after he moved to Haryana Steelers. In the nine matches that played for the Steelers in that season, he successfully collected 61 raid points. All his numbers grew from last season to this season like the number of raids he conducted and his average time spent on mat etc. This was the season that gave him major recognition in the league.

Season 6

After his performance enhancement in season 5, he didn’t look back in this season. He played 22 matches this season and did 348 raids with a total of 183 raid points. His average time spent on the mat also increased to 73.54% in this edition. Besides, he also earned as many as 102 effective points making him one of the players of the tournament in that season. 

Season 7

His numbers did not stop increasing in the previous years as the story continues here as well. In this season, he played 11 games so far where all his numbers are quite upgraded. He conducted 215 raids in these 11 matches where he earned 109 points. He has already 88 effective points to his name. His average time spent on the mat has also climbed to over 75%. He is also at the sixth position in the list of most successful raiders of the tournament so far. Also, with a lot of matches still left in this series, he has a decent chance of finishing in the list of top 5 raiders of 2019.

Season 8 

In season 8 of PKL, he played 22 matches, and in this season his total points earned were 80. In defense, he made a total tackle of 18. With successful raid percentage of 40%, he was one of the best player for Haryana Steelers.

Season 9

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Vikash Khandola was eventually signed by the Bulls for 1.70 crores in season 9 of PKL. He played a total of 24 matches, of which he earned a total points of 139. In defense, he made a total tackle of 16. His average successful tackles/match was 0.17.

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Vikas Kandola PKL Stats | Kabaddi Player

Vikas Kandola has featured in a total of 101 matches in VIVO Pro Kabaddi League so far. His overall career statistics include 1579 raids in which he earned 732 raid points.

As mentioned earlier, his numbers have always increased since the time of his PKL debut. He made his first appearance during the fourth season of PKL. Let’s have a look at the career numbers of Vikas Kandola over the years in Pro Kabaddi League:

Matches Played 101
Total Raids 1579
Raid Points 732
No. Of Super Raids 22
Average Raid Points/Match 7.25
Average Successful Tackles/Match 0.2
Total Tackles 78

Vikas Kandola Records

Kandola has featured in just a few matches so far but already has some notable records to his name. Here are some of the fantastic numbers that prove his worth:

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  • Vikas Kandola was the player with maximum points for Haryana Steelers in VIVO PKL 2018.  He ended that season with a total of 177 points to his name.
  • He was also the third most successful player in terms of earning bonus points. He gathered 51 bonus points in season 6 of Pro Kabaddi League.
  • Vikash Khandola was also amongst the most successful raiders of PKL in that season in terms of Super Raids. He was at the sixth position with five Super Raids in the 2018 league.

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Signature Move

One of the most commonly found signature moves of most of the raiders, the ‘Running Hand Touch’ is Kandola key move as well. It is one action that he performs the most in which keeps the opponent in bewilderment till the end. It is enacted with a sudden increase in the pace by the attacker. He rushes towards the defender with an entire body extended to touch the opponent before successfully coming back.

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