Realizing the scope and impact of the Kabbadi in India, in 2014, a franchise based league was started in India on the lines of Indian Premier League. Franchises showed interest in the league as India had recently performed well at the 2014 Asian Games. However, still, there were many doubts over PKL whether it will become a success or it will lose its essence after just one or two seasons. However, PKL proved it critiques wrong who had cast some doubts over the future of the League.
Kabaddi which was largely a forgettable sport in India achieved new heights of popularity with the start of the star-studded Pro Kabaddi League. It barreled back into the conscious of nationalities particularly young ones and became nation’s most popular sport after cricket.
The Bollywood glamour attracted people to Kabaddi and the sport witnessed a surge of serious money. Kabaddi players became household names. Kids which were only interested in cricket now began playing Kabaddi in the lanes.
KPL is now one of the most successful sporting Leagues in India. The popularity of the league has grown over five successful seasons. It gave a platform to some of the best Kabaddi players in India to explore their talent before the world and emerge as a champion of the game.
Meanwhile the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi league is on from October 7. The finals will be played on January 5 next year in Mumbai. Who will win the league season 6? Will the Patna Pirates emerge as winners fourth time on the trot or a new winner will break its winning streak? Nothing can be said as Kabaddi is the game of great uncertainties. Nothing can be said till the last match of the league is not played and finished.
Teams Participating In Pro Kabaddi League Season 6
There are overall 12 teams participating in the season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League. The list of the teams participating in the league along with the names of their owners, coaches, and captains are as given below:
Bengal Warriors is a Kabaddi team representing Kolkata, West Bengal. The team is owned by Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar. Jagdish Kumble is the head coach of the team.
The team which is led by Captain Surjeet Singh has the following players:
Ziaur Rahman, Jang Kun Lee, Ran Singh, Mahesh Goud, Shrikant Tewthia, Vijin Thangadurai, Amit Kumar, Vittal Meti, Bhupender Singh, Amit Nagar, Rakesh Narwal, Ashish Chhokar, Surjeet Singh (Captain), Manoj Dhull, Mithun Kumar, Amaresh Mondal, Ravindra Ramesh Kumawat, and Maninder Singh.
The captain of the Bengaluru team is Rohit Kumar and the coach is Randhir Singh. The owner of the team is Kosmik Global Media.
Bengaluru team has the following players:
Mahender Singh, Pawan Kumar, Kashiling Adake, Raju Lal Choudhary, Jasmer Singh Gulia, Gyung Tae Kim, Dong Ju Hong, Jawahar Vivek, Mahesh Maruti Magdum, Sandeep, Nitesh BR, Anand V, Anil, Mahendra Singh Dhaka, Sumit Singh, Amit Sheoran, Rohit Kumar (Captain), Harish Naik, and Rohit.
Dabang Delhi team represents Delhi in the PKL. The team is owned by Radha Kapoor and head coach of the team is Krishan Kumar Hooda.
The team led by Captain Mehraj Sheikh is based on the following players:
Vishal Mane, Chandran Ranjit, Pawan Kumar, Ravinder Pahal, Viraj Landge, Shabeer Bapu, Rajesh Narwal, Siddharth, Khomsan Thongkham, Kamal Kishor Jat, Anil Kumar, Joginder Narwal, Yogesh Hooda, Meraj Sheykh (Captain), Satpal Narwal, Tushar Balaram Bhoir, Naveen Kumar, Vishal, and Tapas Pal.
Gujarat Fortunegaints represents Gujarat in the Pro Kabaddi league. The team is coached by Manpreet Singh and captained by Sukesh Hedge. The owner of the team is Adani Wilmar.
The Fortunegaints Pro Kabaddi league team is based on the following players:
Parvesh Bhainswal. Ruturaj Koravi, K Prapanjan, Hadi Oshtorak, Shubham Palkar, Vikram Chandola, Anil, lalit Chaudhary, Mahendra Rajput, Sunil Kumar, Dharmender, Sachin, Amit Sharma, Geon Lee, Dong, Ajay Kumar.
Haryana Steelers is a Pro Kabaddi League team owned by JSW Sports and coached by Ranbir Singh Khokhar. The captain of the team is Surender Nada.
The team is based on the following players:
Arun Kumar, Vikas, Neeraj Kumar, Mayur Shivtarkar, Kuldeep Singh, Patrick Nzau Muvai, Surender Nada (Captain), Vikash Khandola, Wazir Singh, Md. Zakir Hossain, Prateek, and Monu Goyat.
Jaipur Pink Panthers:
Jaipur Pink Panther is owned by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan and coached by Srinivas Reddy.
The team led by Captain Anup Kumar is based on the following players:
Lokesh Kaushik, Brijendra Singh Chaudhary, Shiva Ramakrishna, Anand Patil, Sunil Siddhgavali, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Mohit Chhillar, Anup Kumar, Sandeep Dhull, Bajirao Hodage, Chang Ko, K Selvamani, Patna Pirates, Gangadhari Mallesh, and David Mosambayi.
Patna Pirates is so far the most successful team of Pro Kabaddi league. It has won the last three seasons of Pro Kabaddi League and will be now eyeing to win the title the fourth time and continue its winning streak. The team is owned by Rajesh V Shah and coached by Ram Mehar Singh.
The team led by Pardeep Narwal consists of the following players:
Vijay, Arvind Kumar, Pardeep Narwal, Deepak Narwal, Tushar Patil, Surender Singh, Jae Min Lee, Vikas Jaglan, Jawahar Dagar, Parveen Birwal, Manish Kumar, Ravinder Kumar, Hyunil Park, Vijay Kumar, Taedeok Eom, Kuldeep Singh, Jaideep, Manjeet, Vikas Kale
Puneri Paltan as suggested by the name represents Pune in the league. Ashan Kumar is the coach of the team. It is one of the top performing teams of the league.
The team owned by Insurekot Sports Pvt. Ltd is based on the following players
Amit Kumar, Monu, Rinku Narwal, Vikash Khatri, Girish Maruti Ernak, More Gb, Nitin Tomar, Sanjay Shrestha, Akshay Jadhav, Takamitsu Kono, Sandeep Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, Bajrang, Parvesh, Vinod Kumar.
Tamil Thalaivas represents Chennai in the Pro Kabaddi league. It is co-owned by Indian cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar, industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad, film producer Allu Arjun, and Bollywood actors Allu Arjun and Ram Charan. The coach of the team is E. Baskaran.
The team is based on the following players:
Abhinandan Chandel, D Gopu, Jae Min Lee, Jasvir Singh, Atul MS, Chan Sik Park, Sukesh Hegde, K Jayasselan, Vimal Raj, Ajay Thakur, Amit Hooda, Anil Sharma, Darshan J, Manjeet Chillar, Rajnish, D Pradap, and C. Arun.
Telugu Titans represents Hyderabad in the Pro Kabaddi league. It is owned by Veera Sports. The coach of the team is Mr Kilaru Jag Mohan. The team is captained by Vishal Bhardwaj.
The Telegu Titans team consists of the following players:
Abozar Mohajermighani, Rahul Chaudhari, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, Manoj Kumar, Sanket Chavan, Mahender Reddy, Rakesh Singh Kumar, Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rakshith, , Nilesh Salunke, Kamal Singh, Ankit Beniwal, Anand, and Sombir.
UP Yoddha is owned by GMR group franchise. The head coach of the team is Arjun Singh. He is being assisted by Jasveer Singh to mentor the team.
The team captained by Nitin Tomar is based on the following players:
Mohit Balyan, Anil, Gaurav Kumar, Surinder Singh, Adinath Gavali E Subash, Shiv Om, Abofazl Maghsodloumahali, Nitin Tomar (Captain), Dharmarajan Cheralathan, Abhishek Singh, Fazel Atrachali, Vinod Kumar, Siddharth Desai, Hadi Tajik, R. Sriram, and Rohit Baliyan.
U Mumba represents Mumbai in the Pro Kabaddi League. The team is owned by Unilazer Ventures Pvt. Ltd and mentored by Bhaskaran Edacherry.
The team led by Fazel Atrachali is based on the following players:
Nitesh Kumar, Rishank Devadiga, Jeeva Kumar, Shrikant Jadhav, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Darshan Kadian, Seaong Ryeol Kim, Suleiman Kabir, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Bhanu Pratap Tomar, Sachin Kumar, Narender, and Amit.
Pro Kabaddi League History Season 1 to Season 6
Season 6 of Pro-Kabaddi League started on October 7th 2018. The league will continue for the next three months. The final of the league will be played on January 5, 2019. For all those who have not watched the previous seasons of Pro- Kabaddi League, we will take them through the history of the league since its start in 2014 to the start of season 6. Read and know how PKL has emerged as one of the most successful leagues in India.
Pro-Kabaddi League Season 1:
The inaugural edition of Pro Kabaddi League was played in 2014. The first season of the PKL started on 26th July and concluded on 31st August 2014. In the first season of the PKL, 60 matches were played between the 8 teams including two semis, third place game, and final.
All the matched were highly competitive and enjoyable. The final was played on 31st August 2014 between Jaipur Pink Panthers and U Mumba in Mumbai. Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan’s Jaipur Pink Panthers defeated Ronnie Screwvala’s U, Mumba Team in the final.
The first season of the PKL witnessed full Bollywood glamour and surge in money in the sport. Star Sports broadcasted live all the 60 matches of the league. The first game was played between U-Mumba and Jaipur Pink Panthers. The first 10 minutes of the game were thunder tackles. However, as the game proceeded, few faulty raids by U-Mumba game Jaipur edge. Ultimately Jaipur won defeating U- Mumba by 35-24.
Who lost or who won, it never mattered for the fans, they were just enjoying the game. Overall it was the game of Kabaddi that won. The league got a lot of fame. It became the second most viewed sport in India after IPL.
The most successful players in the first season of the PKL were Maninder Singh (JPP) who bagged130 raids and Jasvir Singh (JPP) who lead his team with 106 Raid points.
Pro Kabaddi Season 2:
The second season of the league kick-started on July 18, 2015 and concluded on 23 August 2015. The matches of the league were played among 8 teams. The teams were same that had participated in the first season. The inaugural game of the second season was Jaipur Pink Panthers vs U Mumba.
The Star Sports broadcasted the second season live with commentary in five different languages including Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telegu and English.
The second season of the PKL was won by the previous season runner-up U Mumbai beating Bengaluru Bulls by 6 points. The final was played at Dome Stadium in Mumbai.
Pro Kabaddi League- Season 3
The finals of the third season of Pro Kabaddi League were played at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi in March 2016. U Mumba were once again in the final of the league. The other team that reached final was Patna Pirates. The final match of the third season was very exciting. Patna Pirates beat U Mumba by a narrow margin of 3 points. It has been so far the most power-packed and exciting match in the history of PKL. The final match of the third season has been so far the most exciting match of the PKL history. Pardeep Narwal who bagged 116 Raid Points was the most successful player of the season.
Pro Kabaddi League- Season 4
The final of the fourth season of the Pro- Kabaddi league was played in July 2016 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad. The final of the fourth season was the second time in a row won by Patna Pirates. This time they were in final against Jaipur Pink Panthers. This time they strengthened their defence and won by 8 points. The trio of Dharamraj Charlatan, Bajirao Hodage, and Fazel Atrachali scored 113 tackle points.
Pro-Kabaddi League Season 5:
The fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League started on July 28th 2017. There were total 12 teams participating in the fifth season of the league. The teams that participated include Patna Pirates, U Mumba, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Bengal Warriors, Dabang Delhi, Telugu Titans, Puneri Paltan, Bengaluru Bulls, Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat Fortune Giants, Tamil Thalaivas, and U.P. Yoddha. The 12 teams were divided into two zones of 6 teams each. Each team played 15 intra-zone and 7-intra-zone games. The final was played on October 28, 2017, in Chennai between Patna Pirates and Gujarat Fortunegaints. Patan Pirates won the final by a massive margin of seventeen points.
Six Most Expensive Players from Season 6 Auction of PKL
The season 6 is underway and each team participating in the league seem high on spirits. Like previous seasons, the players for the league six were selected through an auction which gave teams a chance to build their teams by purchasing some top-flight players. The 2018 PKL auction broke several records and one of them is highest paid foreign and domestic players.
Here are the six most expensive players from this year’s auction of PKL:
Impact of Pro Kabaddi League
Kabaddi is India’s traditional sport which has been played by the nation for ages. The sport which was invented by India was now largely a forgettable sport till star-studded pro-kabaddi league started in 2014. With the start of the pro kabaddi league in 2014, it barreled back into the conscious of nationalities particularly young ones and became nation’s most popular sport after cricket. The Bollywood glamour attracted people to Kabaddi and the sport witnessed a surge of serious money. Kabaddi players became household names. Kids which were only interested in Cricket now began playing the sports in the lanes.
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