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Indian Kabaddi: 10 Famous Players with Photos 2021
Indian Kabaddi: 10 Famous Players with Photos 2021
Love Kabaddi? Then you must know the details of these Top 10 Kabaddi Players who have taken the sport to a next level.
9 Nov 2021 5:17 AM GMT
Until the recent few years, there were only two main sports known to Indians – Cricket or Badminton. Fortunately, age-old Indian games like Kabaddi are witnessing a major comeback due to the mass publicity by the media and celebrities. Although Kabaddi has its origins in India, it remained exclusive to villages and small towns due to the physical contact and roughness of the game. Through events like the Pro Kabaddi League, many Kabaddi players are getting a chance to showcase their talent to the world and encourage others to take up Kabaddi as a professional sport.
In this article, we have put together a list of the best Kabaddi Players in India who have revolutionized how Indians watch Kabaddi. From a crude village game to the pro-level level, Kabaddi has come a long way thanks to the sheer talent of these sportsmen.
List of Top 10 Best Kabaddi Players in India, 2021:
Here are the best and most famous Kabaddi Players in India with photos and details:
1. Pardeep Narwal:
Pardeep Narwal is one of the most recognized names in the Kabaddi world. The Haryana-born player has been a part of the Indian National Kabaddi team since 2016 which won 3 out of 4 golds in international tournaments. Pardeep made his debut in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi with Bengaluru Bulls and instantly grabbed all attention with this brilliant game. The 'Dubki King' holds the record for being the highest bid player at 1.65 Crore INR in Pro Kabaddi auction 2021.
Pardeep Narwal played a total of 107 matches in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi league across 7 seasons with a record-breaking score of 1160 points. He also led his team 'Patna Pirates' to a hat trick of wins in the first three years of his stint. Fans and critics opine that Season 3 was his best in terms of his raid score and his undefeatable partnership with Rohit Kumar.
2. Deepak Niwas Hooda:
Deepak Ram Niwas Hooda is one of the best-ever players in the Indian Kabaddi history. Despite facing hardships during his childhood and early life, Deepak stayed committed to his passion-Kabaddi. After taking professional training in the sport, Deepak had a chance to represent the country at the 2016 South Asian games. He is also the current Captain of Indian National Kabaddi team. He gained immense popularity after winning gold and there was no looking back for him since then.
Deepak is a raid specialist and best known for his agility and tactfulness. He played all seasons in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi league and represented Telugu Titans (Season 1 and 2), Puneri Pultans (Season 3 and 4), followed by Jaipur Pink Panthers. He played 115 matches in the Pro Kabaddi league and secured an impressive 862 points.
3. Manjeet Chillar:
Manjeet Chillar is India's most famous Kabaddi players whose career is nothing short of amazement. Interestingly, Manjeet was initially a Wrestler, and an injury made him change his choice to Kabaddi. He made his first professional entry in the 2010 Asian Games against China, in which the team won the Gold medal for the country. He is a gold medal winner in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 National Kabaddi Championships.
After being a part of the Indian National Kabaddi team, Manjeet proved his mettle in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League. He took part in all 7 seasons and was awarded the 'Most Valuable Player' in Season 2. In addition, Manjeet received the prestigious Arjuna Award for his contribution to sports in 2015.
4. Rahul Chaudhari:
Rahul Chaudhari is one of the key players in the Indian National Kabaddi team who gained massive popularity for his quick and consistent raids. Rahul hails from a small village in Uttar Pradesh and started playing Kabaddi at 13 years. Although he began as a defender in the initial days of his career, Rahul turned into a full-time raider. He was a part of the national team, which won gold in the 2016 South Asian Games.
Rahul Chaudhari made his debut in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi league with Telugu Titans and captained the team in Season 5. He was also titled the 'Best Raider' in Season 4 for his top-riding score of 146 points and 11 tackle points. In Season 7, Tamil Thalaivas team bought Rahul for 94 Lakhs in the auction.
5. Pawan Sherawat:
Pawan Sherawat is another top Kabaddi players in India who represented the country in 2019 South Asian Games at Katmandu. Although Pawan was a part of the Indian National Kabaddi team, it was VIVO Pro Kabaddi league which put him in the spotlight. Pawan was featured from Season 3 for Bengaluru Bulls in which he scored a lead raid score of 45 in the team. He had an excellent comeback in Season 6 after two disappointing seasons 4 and 5.
Pawan finished the season with 13 Super 10's and proved instrumental in leading Bengaluru Bulls to their maiden victory. He was crowned the 'Most Valuable Player' in this season for his stellar performance. In Season 7, he created a record of scoring 39 raid points, which is most by any rider in the league's history.
6. Ajay Thakur:
Ajay Thakur is best known as a player with one of the most illustrious careers in Indian Kabaddi. The Himachal-born player is often called 'India's best raider' and represented the country in International Kabaddi Championships. He served as the former Captain of the National Kabaddi team and creating a record of winning 6 gold medals during his stint. Ajay later took part in all the 7 Seasons of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi league and is currently signed up for Tamil Thalaivis.
Coming to his records, Ajay stood as the overall highest point scorer in Kabaddi World Cup 2016 with a score of 68 points. He also won the title of 'Man of the Tournament' with his incredible performance. The Padma Shri and Arjuna Award winner is also one of the tallest Kabaddi players in India and his 6 Feet 1 Inch height offers maximum advantage for reaching the midline during attack.
7. Maninder Singh:
Maninder Singh is one of the best players of Indian Kabaddi who is a part of the National team. He is also one of the most popular players in VIVO Pro Kabaddi League and featured in season 1, 5, 6 and 7. Maninder was a part of the Jaipur Pink Panthers until 2014 and later signed up with Bengal Warriors for which he is the current captain. In Season 1, Maninder was rated as the third best raider with an impressive score of 130 points.
Although injury distanced him from Seasons 3 and 4, Season 5 proved to be a gamechanger for this raider. He scored 190 points and was identified as the most lethal raider. In Season 6 and 7, his graph went on an all-time high with more 200 back-to-back raid points.
8. Surendar Nada:
Surendar Nada is a professional Indian Kabaddi player who represented India in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. During his career as a player of the National Kabaddi team, Surender won 3 golds and even the World Cup championship. He made a debut in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi league in Season 1 by signing up with U Mumba. Surendar is a Left Corner Defender who shares a perfect partnership with Manjeet Chillar, Defender of Right Corner.
Season 5 proved quite special to Surender for many reasons. Firstly, he was offered captaincy by Haryana Steelers. He also emerged as of the most successful defenders in the history of the league with most tackle points of 80 from 21 matches and consecutive High 5's.
9. Rohit Kumar:
Rohit Kumar Chillar is one of the Top 10 players in Indian Kabaddi. He represented the country in 2016 and 2019 South Asia Games along with 2018 Asian Games. Rohit made an entry in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi league in Season 3 with Patna Pirates and led the team to victory with his incredible attacking abilities. He scored 102 raid points in 12 matches and won the 'Most Valuable Player' of the season.
This performance got instant recognition for him and increased his bid value. Rohit was bought by Bengaluru Bulls in Season 4 and 5 for 81 Lakhs. In Season 5, he emerged as one of the most successful players with total points of 231 in 22 matches.
10. Parvesh Bhainswal:
Parvesh Bhainswal is a Left Cover Defender who was a part of the Indian Junior Squad of Asian Kabaddi Championship. He represented his school and university in several matches following which he got recognition at the National level. Parvesh made his debut in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League in Season 4 with Jaipur Pink Panthers. Although his maiden season was not up to expectations, he made an excellent comeback in the next season.
In Season 5, Parvesh emerged as one of the best players with a tackle strike rate of 54%. He also led his squad- Gujarat Fortune Giants to final with his active presence in the left cover.
With important tournaments like the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League, many aspiring players are able to showcase their game to the world and prove their worth. Apart from these 10 Best Kabaddi Players of India, there are many more talents who are changing the fate of the sport for newcomers. So, who is your favorite Kabaddi player?