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Pro Kabaddi League
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Country India
First tournament2014
Last tournament2021-22
Tournament formatDouble round-robin league and playoffs
Number of teams12
Current championsBengal Warriors (1st title)
Most successfulPatna Pirates (3 titles)
Most raid pointsIndia Pardeep Narwal (1,239)[1]
Most tackle pointsIndia Manjeet Chhillar (361)
TV partner(s)Star Sports 2
Star Sports 1 Hindi
SloganLe Panga
Websiteprokabaddi.com
2021–22 Pro Kabaddi League season

Pro Kabaddi League (known as Vivo Pro Kabbadi for sponsorship reasons)[2] or abbreviated to PKL is a men's professional Kabaddi league of India. It was launched in 2014 and is broadcast on Star Sports.[3] However, Season 8 was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the same season is scheduled to commence on 22 December 2021.[4][5]

The league's inception was influenced by the popularity of the Kabaddi tournament at the 2006 Asian Games. The format of the competition was influenced by the Indian Premier League. The Pro Kabaddi League uses a franchise-based model and its first season was held in 2014 with eight teams each of which has paid fees of up to US$250,000 to join.[6][7]

There were doubts over whether the Pro Kabaddi League would be successful, noting that many leagues were attempting to emulate the IPL's business model and success and that, unlike cricket, there were relatively fewer well-known players in Kabaddi. However, it was also noted that kabaddi was widely played in grassroots community settings, and could thus attract a wide variety of rural and metropolitan viewers for advertisers to target if the league gained significant attraction.[6]

The inaugural season was seen by 43.5 crores (435 million) viewers, second to the 2014 Indian Premier League's 55.2 crores (552 million), while the first season final between Jaipur Pink Panthers and U-Mumba was watched by 8.64 crores (86.4 million).[8][9] Star Sports, the Pro Kabaddi League's broadcaster,[10] subsequently announced in 2015 that it would acquire a 74% stake in the league's parent company Mashal Sports.[11]

For the 2017 and 2018–19 season, the Pro Kabaddi League added four new teams, and changed its format to split the teams into two divisions known as "zones".[12] Soon the league returned to its regular double round-robin format for the 2019 season

Format[edit]

The Pro Kabaddi League's rules are similar to that of the indoor team version of Kabaddi, but with additional rules to encourage more scoring. Kabaddi is a contact team sport, played between two teams of seven players.

  • The objective of the game is for a single player on offence, referred to as a "raider", to run into the opposing team's half of a court, touch out as many of their defenders as possible, and return to their own half of the court, all without being tackled by the defenders, and in a single breath. Points are scored for each player tagged by the raider, while the opposing team earns a point for stopping the raider. Players are taken out of the game if they are touched or tackled, but are brought back in for each point scored by their team from a tags or tackle.
  • Playing two "empty" raids in a row will trigger a "Do or Die", where the raider must score a point or they will be declared out.
  • When a defensive side has three or fewer players remaining, tackles scored are termed as "Super Tackle", which is worth two points instead of one.[13][14][15]

Seasons[edit]

Season 1 (Jaipur Pink Panther)

The first signing and auction of players for the 8 teams were held on 20 May 2014[10] in Mumbai. India's national kabaddi captain Rakesh Kumar was the priciest among the players bought for 12.80 lakh by the Patna Pirates.[16] Sports Authority of India's Deepak Niwas Hooda was bought by the Telugu Titans franchise for 12.60 lakh.[16] Tae Deok Eom was the highest paid overseas player bought for 7 lakh by the Patna franchise.[16]

The duration of the season was from 26 July 2014 to 31 August 2014. There were double round-robin matches along with two semifinals, third place and final games. 56 games were to be played in the first round and 4 in the playoff stage, making a total of 60 games. 8 teams took part in the first edition. The first game was played on 26 July between U Mumba and Jaipur Pink Panthers and the final was played on 31 August at Mumbai. Jaipur Pink Panthers beat U Mumba by 35–24 to win the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League.

Season 2 (U Mumba)

Star Sports Pro Kabaddi season 2 was from 18 July 2015 to 23 August 2015. There were 60 matches played with two semifinals, a third place play-off and a final. The first game was played on 18 July between U Mumba and Jaipur Pink Panthers and the final was played on 23 August at Mumbai between U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls. U Mumba beat Bengaluru Bulls by 36–30 to win the 2015 season of the Pro Kabaddi League.[17] U Mumba stood first, Bengaluru Bulls stood second and Telugu Titans stood in the third position in the league.

Season 3 (Patna Pirates)

Star Sports Pro Kabaddi season 3 will have two editions. The CEO of Star India, Sanjay Gupta,[18] confirmed that Star Sports Pro Kabaddi wants to make Pro Kabaddi, a 5-week event, happen 10 weeks a year by having two editions a year. The idea is to play the tournament once in January–February 2016 and once in June–July 2016. It also had 8 teams. Patna Pirates beat U Mumba by 3 points in the final in Delhi to take home the trophy. Puneri Paltan came third this season.

Season 4 (Patna Pirates)

The fourth season took place from 25 June to 31 July 2016, with the existing eight teams participating. Patna Pirates beat Jaipur Pink Panthers in the final. Season 4 also saw the launch of the first professional women's kabaddi league, Women's Kabaddi Challenge (WKC). The first season saw 3 teams namely Ice Divas, Fire Birds and Storm Queens battle out to be the first ever WKC champions. In the finale, scheduled along with the men's final in Hyderabad, the Storm Queens defeated the Fire Sourav Tomar play hard with u Mumba and got a new young player(NYP) Trophy.

Season 5 (Patna Pirates)

The 2017 season was the fifth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, and it featured 12 teams, including new teams from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat. The team from Haryana is known as Haryana Steelers owned by JSW Sports.[19] Sachin Tendulkar co-owns the Tamil Nadu team named Tamil Thalaivas.[20] The Uttar Pradesh team is named as UP Yoddha owned by GMR group and the Gujarat team is named as Gujarat Fortune Giants owned by Gautam Adani.

Auctions for the new season were held in May, before which the existing teams were allowed to retain one player each. The auction saw over 400 players go under the hammer and ₹46.99 crores spent by the 12 teams.[21]

The Pro Kabaddi League season 5 started on 28 July 2017.

The most expensive pick of the auction was raider Nitin Tomar, who was bought by the Uttar Pradesh team for a sum of ₹93 lakh. Following in second place was Rohit Kumar after the Bengaluru Bulls picked him for a ₹81 lakhs price. The most expensive foreign player was South Korea's Lee Jang-kun after he was retained by the Bengal Warriors for ₹80.3 lakhs.

The new season was slated to be the biggest league tournament of its kind in the history of Indian sports in terms of geographical coverage and duration. It featured 138 matches spread across a time period of 13 weeks across 11 states.

A children's Kabaddi tournament, known as KBD Juniors, was also organised between schools of the cities in which the matches were held.

Patna Pirates beat Gujarat Fortune Giants by 55–38 in the final with the Man of the Tournament Pardeep Narwal stealing the show with 19 raid points against the Fortune Giants defence for the first time in the tournament.

The award ceremony of the finale was hosted by Pooja Bhamrah. Pardeep Narwal was adjudged the man of the finale.

Season 6 (Bengaluru Bulls)

The 2018 season is the sixth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, and it features 12 teams. Auctions for the new season were held in which Haryana Steelers paid ₹1.51 crores for Monu Goyat[22] who became the highest paid player in the history of Pro Kabaddi league.

The most expensive foreign player this season is Fazel Atrachali[23] from Iran. He was bought by U Mumba for ₹1 crore.

Zone B toppers, Bengaluru Bulls beat the Zone A toppers, Gujarat Fortune Giants by 38–33 in the final with the Man of the Tournament Pawan Kumar Sehrawat stealing the show with a record 22 raid points against the young Fortune Giants defence. For a consecutive second time, Gujarat Fortune Giants have lost in the finals. The coach of Bengaluru Bulls, Randhir Singh was happy as his team finally won the tournament after underwhelming finishes in the previous couple of seasons. On the other hand, Manpreet Singh, the coach of the Gujarat Fortune Giants rued the opportunity to win the tournament after losing two successive finals.

Season 7 (Bengal Warriors)

The 2019 season is the seventh edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, and it features 12 teams. Auctions for the new season were held in Mumbai on 8 and 9 April. The franchises splashed out over 50 crores to acquire 200 players. Siddharth Sirish Desai became the most expensive buy of the season after Telugu Titans got the winning bid of him at ₹1.45 crore.[24] The most expensive foreign player of this season was Iranian Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh who was bought by Bengal Warriors for ₹77.75 lakh.[25] As termed by the organisers 'Most Toughest Season', the zonal system present in the previous season is removed, and each team will play against all the other teams twice. Top 6 teams will qualify for the playoffs. The top two teams will automatically make the semi-finals while the remaining four will battle it out in eliminators.[26] Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors emerged as the winners in the semi finals and qualified to the final for the first time.[27][28] In the final, Bengal Warriors outplayed Dabang Delhi by a margin of 39–34 and clinched their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title.[29][30] The season witnessed several records. Pardeep Narwal became the first ever player to reach 1000 points in the Pro Kabaddi League.[31] Naveen Kumar scored 21 consecutive Super 10s and overall 22.[32] While Pawan Sehrawat registered most individual points in a match (39) against Haryana Steelers.[33] In this season, for the first time three raiders crossed the 300-raid points mark.[34] Among the defenders, Neeraj Kumar of Patna Pirates scored most tackle points (11) in a match and equalled the record of Mohit Chillar (11).[35]

Season 8

The 2021 -22 Vivo Pro Kabaddi League(PKL) is the eighth season of Pro Kabaddi League. The season began on 22 December 2021.[1] The usual travelling caravan format was changed to a single venue hosting all the matches of the season. Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore was initially announced as the venue, but was later changed to the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Convention Center located in Whitefield, Bangalore.[36]

(*As Of 7 January)

Points Table (Season 8)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T SD Pts
1 Dabang Delhi 11 7 2 2 2 42 Qualification to semi finals
2 Patna Pirates 11 7 3 1 44 40
3 Bengaluru Bulls 11 7 3 1 51 39 Qualification to eliminators
4 UP Yoddha 11 4 4 3 14 33
5 Jaipur Pink Panthers 11 5 5 1 -5 32
6 U Mumba 11 3 3 5 -8 31
7 Tamil Thalaivas 10 3 2 5 18 30
8 Bengal Warriors 11 5 5 1 -27 30
9 Haryana Steelers 11 4 5 2 -26 29
10 Gujarat Giants 10 2 5 3 3 23
11 Puneri Paltan 11 4 7 0 -27 22
12 Telugu Titans 11 1 8 2 -39 17
Updated to match(es) played on 18 January 2022. Source: ProKabaddi
  • 5 points for a win
  • 3 points each for a Tied game
  • 1 point for a loss by 7 points or fewer


https://www.prokabaddi.com/standings

Matches[edit]

22 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Bengaluru Bulls 30 – 46 U Mumba
Chandran Ranjit (13)
Report Abhishek Singh (19)
Match 1
U Mumba won
22 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
Telugu Titans 40 – 40 Tamil Thalaivas
Siddharth Sirish Desai (11)
Report Manjeet (12)
Match 2
Match drawn
22 December 2021
21:30 (IST)
Bengal Warriors 38 – 33 UP Yoddha
Esmaeil Nabibakhsh (8)
Report Pardeep Narwal (8)
Match 3
Bengal Warriors won
23 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Gujarat Giants 34 – 27 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Rakesh Narwal (7)
Report Arjun Deshwal (10)
Match 4
Gujarat Giants won
23 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
Dabang Delhi 41 – 30 Puneri Paltan
Naveen Kumar (16)
Report Nitin Tomar (7)
Match 5
Dabang Delhi won
23 December 2021
21:30 (IST)
Haryana Steelers 39 – 42 Patna Pirates
Rohit Gulia (10)
Report Monu Goyat (15)
Match 6
Patna Pirates won
24 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
U Mumba 27 – 31 Dabang Delhi
V. Ajith Kumar (7)
Report Naveen Kumar (17)
Match 7
Dabang Delhi won
24 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
Tamil Thalaivas 30 – 38 Bengaluru Bulls
Bhavani Rajput (8)
Report Pawan Sehrawat (9)
Match 8
Bengaluru Bulls won
24 December 2021
21:30 (IST)
Bengal Warriors 31 – 28 Gujarat Giants
Maninder Singh (8)
Report Rakesh Narwal (12)
Match 9
Bengal Warriors won
25 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Patna Pirates 35 – 36 UP Yoddha
Sachin (10)
Report Pardeep Narwal (12)
Match 10
UP Yoddha won
25 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
Puneri Paltan 34 – 33 Telugu Titans
Mohit Goyat (9)
Report Siddharth Sirish Desai (15)
Match 11
Puneri Paltan won
25 December 2021
21:30 (IST)
Jaipur Pink Panthers 40 – 38 Haryana Steelers
Arjun Deshwal (18)
Report Vikash Khandola (14)
Match 12
Jaipur Pink Panthers won
26 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Gujarat Giants 24 – 24 Dabang Delhi
Rakesh Narwal (9)
Report Naveen Kumar (11)
Match 13
Match drawn
26 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
Bengaluru Bulls 36 – 35 Bengal Warriors
Pawan Sehrawat (15)
Report Maninder Singh (17)
Match 14
Bengaluru Bulls won
27 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Tamil Thalaivas 30 – 30 U Mumba
Manjeet (8)
Report Ajith Kumar (15)
Match 15
Match drawn
27 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
UP Yoddha 29 – 32 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Surender Gill (10)
Report Arjun Deshwal (11)
Match 16
Jaipur Pink Panthers won
28 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Puneri Paltan 26 – 38 Patna Pirates
Mohit Goyat (5)
Report Sachin (10)
Match 17
Patna Pirates won
28 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
Telugu Titans 37 – 39 Haryana Steelers
Siddharth Sirish Desai (9)
Report Meetu Mahender (12)
Match 18
Haryana Steelers won
29 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Dabang Delhi 52 – 35 Bengal Warriors
Naveen Kumar (24)
Report Maninder Singh (16)
Match 19
Dabang Delhi won
29 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
UP Yoddha 32 – 32 Gujarat Giants
Pardeep Narwal (11)
Report Rakesh Narwal (13)
Match 20
Match drawn
30 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Jaipur Pink Panthers 28 – 37 U Mumba
Arjun Deshwal (14)
Report Ajith Kumar (11)
Match 21
U Mumba won
30 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
Haryana Steelers 28 – 42 Bengaluru Bulls
Vikash Khandola (7)
Report Pawan Sehrawat (20)
Match 22
Bengaluru Bulls won
31 December 2021
19:30 (IST)
Tamil Thalaivas 36 – 26 Puneri Paltan
Ajinkya Pawar (11)
Report Pankaj Mohite (7)
Match 23
Tamil Thalaivas won
31 December 2021
20:30 (IST)
Patna Pirates 44 – 30 Bengal Warriors
Monu Goyat (12)
Report Maninder Singh (12)
Match 24
Patna Pirates won
01 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
U Mumba 28 – 28 UP Yoddha
V. Ajith Kumar (9)
Report Surender Gill (8)
Match 25
Match drawn
01 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Bengaluru Bulls 34 – 34 Telugu Titans
Chandran Ranjit (9)
Report Ankit Beniwal (10)
Match 26
Match drawn
01 January 2022
21:30 (IST)
Dabang Delhi 30 – 30 Tamil Thalaivas
Naveen Kumar (15)
Report Manjeet (9)
Match 27
Match drawn
02 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Gujarat Giants 36 – 38 Haryana Steelers
H.S. Rakesh (19)
Report Vikash Khandola (10)
Match 28
Haryana Steelers won
02 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Puneri Paltan 29 – 40 Bengaluru Bulls
Aslam Inamdar (6)
Report Pawan Sehrawat (11)
Match 29
Bengaluru Bulls won
03 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Bengal Warriors 31 – 28 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Maninder Singh (12)
Report Arjun Deshwal (16)
Match 30
Bengal Warriors won
03 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Telugu Titans 30 – 31 Patna Pirates
Ankit Beniwal (10)
Report Monu Goyat (6)
Match 31
Patna Pirates won
04 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Haryana Steelers 24 – 24 U Mumba
Rohit Gulia (7)
Report Abhishek Singh (4)
Match 32
Match drawn
04 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
UP Yoddha 33 – 39 Tamil Thalaivas
Surender Gill (13)
Report Manjeet (6)
Match 33
Tamil Thalaivas won
05 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Puneri Paltan 33 – 26 Gujarat Giants
Mohit Goyal (10)
Report Ajay Kumar (10)
Match 34
Puneri Paltan won
05 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Dabang Delhi 36 – 35 Telugu Titans
Naveen Kumar (25)
Report Rajnish (20)
Match 35
Dabang Delhi won
06 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Patna Pirates 30 – 30 Tamil Thalaivas
Monu Goyat (8)
Report Ajinkya Pawar (12)
Match 36
Match drawn
06 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Bengaluru Bulls 38 – 31 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Pawan Sehrawat (17)
Report Arjun Deshwal (13)
Match 37
Bengaluru Bulls won
07 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Bengal Warriors 37 – 41 Haryana Steelers
Maninder Singh (14)
Report Meetu Mahender (10)
Match 38
Haryana Steelers won
07 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Jaipur Pink Panthers 31 – 26 Puneri Paltan
Arjun Deshwal (11)
Report Nitin Tomar (4)
Match 39
Jaipur Pink Panthers won
08 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
UP Yoddha 33 – 37 Dabang Delhi
Pardeep Narwal (9)
Report Naveen Kumar (17)
Match 40
Dabang Delhi won
08 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
U Mumba 48 – 38 Telugu Titans
Abhishek Singh (13)
Report Galla Raju (8)
Match 41
U Mumba won
08 January 2022
21:30 (IST)
Gujarat Giants 26 – 27 Patna Pirates
Mahendra Ganesh Rajput (7)
Report Prashanth Kumar Rai (8)
Match 42
Patna Pirates won
09 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Puneri Paltan 39 - 27 Bengal Warriors
Aslam Inamdar (16)
Report Maninder Singh (13)
Match 43
Puneri Paltan won
09 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Bengaluru Bulls 27 - 42 UP Yoddha
Bharat (11)
Report Shrikant Jadhav (12)
Match 44
UP Yoddha won
10 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Tamil Thalaivas 45 - 26 Haryana Steelers
Manjeet (10)
Report Vikash Khandola (8)
Match 45
Tamil Thalaivas won
10 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Jaipur Pink Panthers 30 - 28 Dabang Delhi
Deepak Niwas Hooda (9)
Report Naveen Kumar (7)
Match 46
Jaipur Pink Panthers won
11 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Patna Pirates 43 - 23 U Mumba
Sachin (7)
Report Abhishek Singh (8)
Match 47
Patna Pirates won
11 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Telugu Titans 22 - 40 Gujarat Giants
Rajnish (11)
Report H.S. Rakesh (16)
Match 48
Gujarat Giants won
12 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Haryana Steelers 36 - 36 UP Yoddha
Surender Gill (14)
Report Vikash Kandola (17)
Match 49
Match drawn
12 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Dabang Delhi 22 - 61 Bengaluru Bulls
Ashu Malik(6)
Report Pawan Sehrawat (27)
Match 50
Bengaluru Bulls won
13 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Bengal Warriors 37 - 28 Tamil Thalaivas
Maninder Singh (12)
Report Manjeet (8)
Match 51
Bengal Warriors won
13 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
U Mumba 23 -42 Puneri Paltan

Report
Match 52
Puneri Paltan won
14 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Jaipur Pink Panthers 38 - 28 Patna Pirates

Report
Match 53
Jaipur Pink Panthers won
14 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Gujarat Giants 37 - 46 Bengaluru Bulls
Rakesh (14)
Report Pawan Sehrawat (19)
Match 54
Bengaluru Bulls won
15 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Haryana Steelers 25 - 28 Dabang Delhi

Report
Match 55
Dabang Delhi won
15 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
UP Yoddha 39 - 33 Telugu Titans
Pradeep Narwal (10)
Report Rajnesh (9)
Match 56
UP Yoddha won
15 January 2022
21:30 (IST)
U Mumba 32 - 32 Bengal Warriors
Abhishek singh (13)
Report Maninder Singh (17)
Match 57
Match Tied
16 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Tamil Thalaivas 31 - 31 Jaipur Pink Panthers

Report
Match 58
Match Tied
16 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Patna Pirates 38 - 31 Bengaluru Bulls
sachin (9)
Report Pawan Sehrawat (10)
Match 59
Patna Pirates won
17 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Puneri Paltan 40 - 50 UP Yoddha
Aslam Inamdar (16)
Report Surender Gill (21)
Match 60
UP Yoddha won
17 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Telugu Titans 27 - 28 Bengal Warriors
Rajnish (11)
Report Maninder Singh (10)
Match 61
Bengal Warriors won
18 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Dabang Delhi 32 - 29 Patna Pirates
Vijay (9)
Report Prashanth Kumar (6)
Match 62
Dabang Delhi Won
18 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Gujarat Giants 24 - 24 U Mumba

Report
Match 63
Match tie
19 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Haryana Steelers Puneri Paltan


Match 64
19 January 2022
20:30 (IST)
Jaipur Pink Panthers Telugu Titans


Match 65
20 January 2022
19:30 (IST)
Tamil Thalaivas Gujarat Giants


Match 66

Viewership[edit]

As per the available data of the opening two weeks, Star Sports Pro Kabaddi viewership on TV increased by nearly 56% from the 2014 year's viewership. During the inaugural season, viewership was 43.5 crore (435 million) viewers, which was the second in India after the 56 crore (560 million) of IPL viewership. The online viewership also increased 1.3 crore unique visitors, which is 18.5 times than of last year's 7 lakh unique visitors. The third season which was flagged off on 30 January, recorded a surge in viewership with the opening week ratings 36 per cent higher than the week one viewership for its last season.[37]

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team City/State Stadium[38] Capacity
Bengal Warriors Kolkata, West Bengal Netaji Indoor Stadium 12,000
Bengaluru Bulls Bengaluru, Karnataka Sree Kanteerava Stadium 4,200
Dabang Delhi KC Delhi Thyagaraj Sports Complex 4,494
Jaipur Pink Panthers Jaipur, Rajasthan Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium 2,000
Patna Pirates Patna, Bihar Patliputra Sports Complex 20,000
Puneri Paltan Pune, Maharashtra Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex 4,200
Telugu Titans Hyderabad/Vizag, Telangana Gachibowli Indoor Stadium 5,000
U Mumba Mumbai, Maharashtra Dome@NSCI SVP Stadium 5,000
Gujarat Giants Ahmedabad, Gujarat The Arena Indoor Stadium 4,000
UP Yoddha Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex 8,000
Tamil Thalaivas Chennai, Tamilnadu Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 5,000
Haryana Steelers Sonipat, Haryana Motilal Nehru School of Sports 2,000

Kits[edit]

PKL season results[edit]

Four teams, Jaipur Pink Panthers, U Mumba, Bengaluru Bulls and Bengal Warriors have won the tournament once, while Patna Pirates have won the Pro Kabaddi League thrice and the only champions to have defended their title twice. The current champions are Bengal Warriors.

Results[edit]

Season Final Final venue No. of teams Best raider (Most raid points) Best defender (Most tackle points) Most total points
Winner Result Runner-up
2014 Jaipur Pink Panthers 35–24
SD = 11
Report
U Mumba National Sports Club of India, Mumbai 8 Anup Kumar Manjeet Chhillar Anup Kumar
2015 U Mumba 36–30
SD = 6
Report
Bengaluru Bulls Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai Kashiling Adake Ravinder Pahal Kashiling Adake
2016 Patna Pirates 31–28
SD = 3
Report
U Mumba Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi Pardeep Narwal Manjeet Chhillar Pardeep Narwal
2016 Patna Pirates 37–29
SD = 8
Report
Jaipur Pink Panthers Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad Rahul Chaudhari Fazel Atrachali Rahul Chaudhari
2017 Patna Pirates 55–38
SD = 17
Report
Gujarat Fortune Giants Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai 12 Pardeep Narwal[39] Surender Nada Pardeep Narwal
2018 Bengaluru Bulls 38–33
SD = 5
Report
Gujarat Fortune Giants DOME@NSCI SVP STADIUM, Mumbai Pawan Sehrawat

[40]

Nitesh Kumar[41] Pawan Sehrawat

[42]

2019 Bengal Warriors 39–34
SD = 5
Report
Dabang Delhi The Arena Indoor Stadium, Ahmedabad Pawan Sehrawat[43] Fazel Atrachali Pawan Sehrawat
2021–22 TBD TBD

Performance of all the teams in all seasons[edit]

Team[44] Played Won Loss
Draw
Win% Loss% Draw% Trophy
Bengal Warriors 140 64 60 16 45.71% 42.85% 11.42% 1
Bengaluru Bulls 141 67 65 9 47.51% 46.09% 6.38% 1
Dabang Delhi 137 54 71 12 39.41% 51.82% 8.75% 0
Gujarat Giants 81 43 28 10 53.08% 34.56% 12.34% 0
Haryana Steelers 78 35 34 9 44.87% 43.58% 11.53% 0
Jaipur Pink Panthers 136 59 65 12 43.38% 47.79% 8.82% 1
Patna Pirates 145 77 54 14 53.10% 37.24% 9.65% 3
Puneri Paltan 138 54 73 11 39.13% 52.89% 7.97% 0
Tamil Thalaivas 76 18 44 14 23.68% 57.89% 18.42% 0
Telugu Titans 136 51 68 17 37.5% 50% 12.5% 0
U Mumba 142 84 45 13 59.15% 31.69% 9.15% 1
UP Yoddha 82 35 34 13 42.68% 41.46% 15.85% 0
Last updated: 19 January 2022, As of Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Sponsor Tournament
2013–16 India Star Sports Star Sports Pro Kabaddi
2017–19 China Vivo Vivo Pro Kabaddi
2021–25

Tournament statistics[edit]

Total points (All seasons)[edit]

Rank Player Current Team Matches Total Points Points/match
1 India Pardeep Narwal UP Yoddha 118 1,248 10.57
2 India Rahul Chaudhari Puneri Paltan 126 1,023 8.11
3 India Deepak Niwas Hooda Jaipur Pink Panthers 133 1,005 7.55
4 India Maninder Singh Bengal Warriors 90 879 9.76
5 India Pawan Sehrawat Bengaluru Bulls 91 872 9.58
6 India Ajay Thakur Dabang Delhi 120 816 6.8
7 India Rohit Kumar Telugu Titans 97 718 7.40
8 India Rishank Devadiga Bengal Warriors 122 672 5.50
9 India Naveen Kumar Dabang Delhi 54 618 11.44
10 India Kashiling Adake Bengaluru Bulls 92 612 6.65
As of 18 January 2022.[45]

Best raiders[edit]

Most raid points (All seasons)[edit]

Rank Player Current Team Matches Raid Points Raid points/match
1 India Pardeep Narwal UP Yoddha 118 1,239 10.5
2 India Rahul Chaudhari Puneri Paltan 126 964 7.65
3 India Deepak Niwas Hooda Jaipur Pink Panthers 133 918 6.90
4 India Maninder Singh Bengal Warriors 90 869 9.65
5 India Pawan Sehrawat Bengaluru Bulls 91 833 9.15
6 India Ajay Thakur Dabang Delhi 120 794 6.61
7 India Rohit Kumar Telugu Titans 97 675 6.95
8 India Rishank Devadiga Bengal Warriors 122 625 5.12
9 India Naveen Kumar Dabang Delhi 54 608 11.25
10 India Kashiling Adake Bengaluru Bulls 92 561 6.09
As of 18 January 2022.[46]

Most successful raids (All seasons)[edit]

Rank Player Current Team Matches Successful Raids Successful raids/match
1 India Pardeep Narwal UP Yoddha 118 944 8
2 India Rahul Chaudhari Puneri Paltan 126 794 6.30
3 India Deepak Niwas Hooda Jaipur Pink Panthers 133 750 5.63
4 India Maninder Singh Bengal Warriors 90 692 7.68
5 India Ajay Thakur Dabang Delhi 120 643 5.35
6 India Pawan Sehrawat Bengaluru Bulls 91 642 7.05
7 India Rohit Kumar Telugu Titans 97 553 5.70
8 India Naveen Kumar Dabang Delhi 54 513 9.5
9 India Rishank Devadiga Bengal Warriors 122 495 4.05
10 India Monu Goyat Patna Pirates 82 437 5.32
As of 18 January 2022.[47]

Most Super Raids[edit]

Rank Player Name Current Team Match Played Super Raids
1 India Pardeep Narwal UP Yoddha 118 54
2 India Maninder Singh Bengal Warriors 90 26
India Pawan Sehrawat Bengaluru Bulls 91 26
4 India Rishank Devadiga Bengal Warriors 122 25
5 India Rahul Chaudhari Puneri Paltan 126 24
6 India Kashiling Adake Bengaluru Bulls 92 23
India Ajay Thakur Dabang Delhi 120 23
8 India Deepak Niwas Hooda Jaipur Pink Panthers 133 21
9 India Siddharth Sirish Desai Telugu Titans 46 20
10 India Anup Kumar Jaipur Pink Panthers 91 17
India Sukesh Hegde Bengal Warriors 106 17
As of 18 January 2022.[48]

Most Do-or-Die Raid Points[edit]

Rank Player Name Current Team Match Played Points
1 India Deepak Niwas Hooda Jaipur Pink Panthers 133 181
2 India Rahul Chaudhari Puneri Paltan 126 166
3 India Ajay Thakur Dabang Delhi 120 163
4 India Pardeep Narwal UP Yoddha 118 142
5 India Rishank Devadiga Bengal Warriors 122 129
6 India Rajesh Mondal Puneri Paltan 89 124
7 India Maninder Singh Bengal Warriors 90 122
8 India Rohit Kumar Telugu Titans 97 108
9 India Sukesh Hegde Bengal Warriors 107 106
10 India Shrikant Jadhav UP Yoddha 86 104
As of 18 January 2022.[49]

Most Super 10s (All seasons)[edit]

Rank Player Name Current Team Match Played Super 10s Matches/super 10s
1 India Pardeep Narwal UP Yoddha 118 63 1.87
2 India Maninder Singh Bengal Warriors 90 42 2.14
3 India Rahul Chaudhari Puneri Paltan 126 40 3.15
4 India Pawan Sehrawat Bengaluru Bulls 91 39 2.33
5 India Naveen Kumar Dabang Delhi 54 37 1.45
6 India Deepak Niwas Hooda Jaipur Pink Panthers 133 33 4.03
7 India Ajay Thakur Dabang Delhi 120 29 4.13
8 India Rohit Kumar Telugu Titans 97 26 3.73
9 India Siddharth Sirish Desai 46 24 1.91
10 India Monu Goyat Patna Pirates 82 23 3.56
As of 18 January 2022.[50]

Best defenders[edit]

Most tackle points (All seasons)[edit]

Rank Player Current Team Matches Tackle Points Points/match
1 India Manjeet Chillar Dabang Delhi 119 361 3.03
2 Iran Fazel Atrachali U Mumba 114 336 2.94
India Ravinder Pahal Gujarat Giants 118 336 2.84
4 India Sandeep Narwal Dabang Delhi 136 326 2.39
5 India PO Surjeet Singh Tamil Thalaivas 104 317 3.04
6 India Girish Maruti Ernak Gujarat Giants 113 279 2.46
7 India Mohit Chillar Tamil Thalaivas 109 277 2.54
8 India Dharmaraj Cheralathan Jaipur Pink Panthers 121 261 2.15
9 India Surender Nada Haryana Steelers 81 251 3.09
10 India Nitesh Kumar UP Yoddha 78 249 3.19
As of 19 January 2022.[51]

Most successful tackles (All seasons)[edit]

Rank Player Current Team Matches Successful Tackles Points/match
1 India Manjeet Chillar Dabang Delhi 119 346 2.90
2 India Ravinder Pahal Gujarat Giants 118 317 2.68
3 Iran Fazel Atrachali U Mumba 114 314 2.75
4 India Sandeep Narwal Dabang Delhi 136 298 2.19
5 India PO Surjeet Singh Tamil Thalaivas 104 296 2.84
6 India Girish Maruti Ernak Gujarat Giants 113 265 2.34
7 India Mohit Chillar Tamil Thalaivas 109 254 2.33
8 India Dharmaraj Cheralathan Jaipur Pink Panthers 121 236 1.95
9 India Surender Nada Haryana Steelers 81 232 2.86
10 India Ran Singh Bengal Warriors 123 230 1.86
As of 19 January 2022.[52]

Most super tackles (All seasons)[edit]

Rank Player Current Team Matches Super Tackles
1 India Sandeep Narwal Dabang Delhi 135 28
2 India Dharmaraj Cheralathan Jaipur Pink Panthers 121 25
3 India Vishal Bharadwaj Puneri Paltan 69 23
India Mohit Chillar Tamil Thalaivas 109 23
India Jeeva Kumar Dabang Delhi 125 23
6 Iran Fazel Atrachali U Mumba 113 22
7 India PO Surjeet Singh Tamil Thalaivas 104 21
India Ravi Kumar Haryana Steelers 106 21
9 India Kuldeep Singh Patna Pirates 66 20
India Nitesh Kumar UP Yoddha 77 20
As of 17 January 2022.[53]

Most high 5s[edit]

Rank Player Name Position Current Team Match Played High 5s Match/high 5s
1 India PO Surjeet Singh Defender, right cover Tamil Thalaivas 104 29 3.58
2 India Manjeet Chhillar All Rounder Dabang Delhi 119 23 5.17
India Ravinder Pahal Defender, right corner Gujarat Giants 118 23 5.13
4 India Surender Nada Defender, left corner Haryana Steelers 81 21 3.85
Iran Fazel Atrachali Defender, left corner U Mumba 114 21 5.42
6 India Nitesh Kumar Defender UP Yoddha 78 19 4.10
7 India Mohit Chhillar Defender, right corner Tamil Thalaivas 109 18 6.05
8 India Girish Maruti Ernak Defender, left corner Gujarat Giants 113 17 6.64
India Sandeep Narwal All Rounder Dabang Delhi 136 17 8
10 India Vishal Bhardwaj Defender Puneri Paltan 70 16 4.37
As of 19 January 2022.[54]

Prize money[edit]

Prize money for the winner of season 6 was ₹3 crore. The first and second runners-up were awarded ₹1.83 crore and ₹1.2 crore respectively.[55] The consolidated prize money for season 7 is ₹8 crore. The champions of season 7 will bag ₹3 crore while the runners-up will receive ₹1.8 crore. The losing semifinalists will receive ₹90 lakh each and, the fifth and the sixth-placed teams will earn ₹45 lakh.[56]

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