Pro Kabaddi League

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The Pro Kabaddi League (officially known as the Vivo Pro Kabaddi for sponsorship reasons) is a franchise-based professional kabaddi league in India, consisting of 12 teams.

History[edit]

The Pro Kabaddi League was founded in 2014 with the inaugural 2014 edition of the tournament being played between eight franchises representing eight Indian cities respectively. The league has a "caravan format," with the teams travelling together to all the eight venues to play a total of sixty matches. The organizing company Mashal Sports was co-founded by Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group and Mr. Charu Sharma, director of Mashal Sports.[1] Star India acquired a 74% stake in Mashal Sports, and now has control over the entire league as a majority owner of Mashal Sports. Mashal Sports has acquired the rights to organize the league for a period of ten years from International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) with an option to renew it further. In 2017, the league expanded from eight teams to twelve, the new teams being Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat FortuneGiants and UP Yoddha.[2]

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Star Sports was named as the official broadcaster in May 2014 with the online rights going to Starsports.com. In 2015, hotstar and starsports.com were the online broadcaster for Prokabaddi.[3] Fox Sports serves as the official United States broadcaster for Prokabaddi. The Commonwealth Broadcasting Network, a service of the Asian Television Network, serves as the official broadcaster for Prokabaddi in Canada. ESPN serves as the official broadcaster for Prokabaddi in Brazil, the Spanish-speaking Latin America and Commonwealth Caribbean countries

Territory Network
 Australia Fox Sports
Bangladesh Bangladesh Channel 9
Pakistan Pakistan Geo Super
 Canada Commonwealth Broadcasting Network
 India Star Sports
Latin America ESPN
 Saudi Arabia OSN Sports
 United Kingdom Sky Sports
 United States Fox Sports
Online hotstar.com

Season 1[edit]

The first signing and auction of players for the 8 teams was held on 20 May 2014[3] in Mumbai. India's national kabaddi captain Rakesh Kumar was the priciest among the players bought for 12.80 lakh by the Patna Pirates. Sports Authority of India's Deepak Nivas was bought by Telugu Titans franchise for 12.90 lakh.[3] Mostafa Noudehi was the highest paid overseas player bought for 6.6 lakh by Pune franchise.[4]

The duration of the season was from 26 July 2014 to 31 August 2014. There were double round robin matches along with two semi finals, third place and final games. 56 games were to be played in first round and 4 in play off stage making total of 60 games. 8 teams took part in first edition. First game was played on July 26 between U Mumba and Telugu Titans and the final was played on August 31 at Mumbai. Jaipur Pink Panthers beat U Mumba by 35-24 to win the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League.[5]

Season 2[edit]

Star Sports Pro Kabaddi season 2 was from July 18 to 23 August 2015. They were a total of 60 matches played these season with two semifinals, a third place play-off and a final. First game was played on July 18 between Telugu Titans and Jaipur Pink Panthers and the final was played on August 23 at Mumbai between U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls. U Mumba beat Bengaluru Bulls by 36-30 to win the 2015 season of Pro Kabaddi League.[6] U Mumba stood first, Bengaluru Bulls stood second and Telugu Titans stood on third position in the league.

Season 3[edit]

Star Sports Pro Kabaddi Season 3 will have two editions. The COO of Star India, Mr. Sanjay Gupta 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[edit]

The fourth season took place from June 25 to July 31, with the existing eight teams participating. Patna Pirates beat Jaipur Pink Panthers in the men's final. Season 4 also saw the launch of first professional woman kabaddi league, Women's Kabaddi Challenge (WKC). First season saw 3 teams namely Ice Divas, Fire Birds and Storm Queens battle it out to be the first ever WKC champions. The final, scheduled along with the mens' final in Hyderabad, saw the Storm Queens defeat the Fire Birds.

Season 5[edit]

The 2017 season will be the fifth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, and it will feature a total of 12 teams, including the new teams from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat.

The Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 is all set to start on July 28, 2017. It will feature a total of 12 teams, after four new ones were added for the first time. Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are the four states where the new teams will be based. 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 a total of Rs 46.99 crore spent by the 12 franchises.

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

The new season is slated to be the biggest league tournament of its kind in the history of Indian sports in terms of geographical coverage and duration. It will feature over 130 matches spread across a time period of 13 weeks across 11 states.

Season 6[edit]

The sixth season may see the number of teams increased to 18 just like foreign football tournaments in order to make the sport of kabaddi popular worldwide.[citation needed]

Viewership[edit]

As per the available data of the opening 2 weeks, Star Sports Pro Kabaddi viewership on TV increased by nearly 56% from the 2014 year’s viewership. During the inaugural season tournament 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.[7]

Franchises[edit]

Personnel & Kit[edit]

Teams Owners Captain Head coach Kit Manufacturer Kit Sponsor
Bengal Warriors Birthright Games & Entertainment Private Limited Nilesh Shinde Pratap Shetty T0KA Sports Big Bazaar
Bengaluru Bulls Kosmik Global Media Surender Nada Randhir Singh Omtex Maheshwara
Dabang Delhi KC DoIT Sports Management Pvt Ltd. Meraj Sheykh Sagar Bandekar TYKA Sports NA
Jaipur Pink Panthers Abhishek Bachchan Jasvir Singh Balwan Singh Dida Karbonn Mobiles
Patna Pirates KVS Energy and Sports Limited Dharmaraj Cheralathan Arjun Singh BEE Manforce
Puneri Paltan Insurekot Sports Manjeet Chillar Kasinathan Baskaran Equio Force Motors
Telugu Titans Veera Sports Rahul Chaudhari J. Udayakumar Field Gear Greenko
U Mumba Ronnie Screwvala Anup Kumar Bhaskaran Edacherry Adidas Tata Zenon

Tournament results[edit]

Two teams, Jaipur Pink Panthers, U Mumba have won the tournament once while Patna Pirates have won the Pro Kabaddi League twice and the only champions to have defended their title.

Season Final Final venue # of Teams Best Raider [Most raid points] Best Defender [Most tackle points] Best Allrounder [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 Surender Nada Anup Kumar
2015 U Mumba 36-30
SD = 6
Report
Bengaluru Bulls Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai 8 Kashiling Adake Ravinder Pahal Kashiling Adake
2016
January
Patna Pirates 31-28
SD = 3
Hindi ReportReport
U Mumba Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi 8 Pardeep Narwal Manjeet Chillar Pardeep Narwal
2016
June
Patna Pirates 37-29
SD = 8
Report
Jaipur Pink Panthers Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad 8 Rahul Chaudhari Fazel Atrachali Pardeep Narwal
2017 12

By team[edit]

Team 2014 2015 2016
Jan
2016
June
2017
Bengal Warriors 7th 6th 4th 8th
Bengaluru Bulls 4th R 7th 6th
Dabang Delhi 6th 7th 8th 7th
Jaipur Pink Panthers W 5th 6th R
Patna Pirates 3rd 4th W W
Puneri Paltan 8th 8th 3rd 3rd
Telugu Titans 5th 3rd 5th 4th
U Mumba R W R 5th

Team Performance[edit]

Team Played Win Lost Tied  %win  %lost  %tied Best
Bengal Warriors 58 20 34 4 34.48% 58.62% 6.89% 4th
Bengaluru Bulls 56 24 30 2 42.00% 53.50% 1% Runners Up
Dabang Delhi 56 14 38 4 25.00% 67.85% 7.14% 6th
Jaipur Pink Panthers 60 31 24 5 51.66% 40.00% 8.33% Champion
Patna Pirates 64 39 20 5 60.93% 31.25% 7.81% Champion
Puneri Paltan 60 19 35 6 31.66% 58.33% 10.00% 3rd
Telugu Titans 60 30 22 8 50.00% 36.66% 13.33% 3rd
U Mumba 62 43 15 4 70.96% 24.19% 6.45% Champion
Total 480 221 221 38 46.04% 46.04% 7.91%

Tournament Statistics[edit]

Best Raiders [Most raid points][edit]

Player Team Match Raid points Super Raid points Total raid Points
India Kashiling Adake Dabang Delhi 14 87 13 100
India Rahul Chaudhari Telugu Titans 14 75 23 98
India Ajay Thakur Bengaluru Bulls 13 56 23 79
India Anup Kumar U Mumba 14 61 13 74
India Rajesh Narwal Jaipur Pink Panthers 14 54 15 69

Best Defenders [Most Tackle Points][edit]

Player Team Match Tackle Points Super Tackle Points Total Tackle Points
India Ravindar Pahal Dabang Delhi 14 53 7 60
India Sandeep Kandola Telugu Titans 16 55 4 59
India Mohit Chillar U Mumba 14 39 3 42
IndiaDharmaraj Cheralathan Bengaluru Bulls 15 41 1 42
India Surendar Nada U Mumba 14 39 2 41

Best All-rounders [Most (Total)Points][edit]

Player Team Match Total Raid points Total Tackle points Total PKL points
India Kashiling Adake Dabang Delhi 14 114 3 117
India Rahul Chaudhari Telugu Titans 14 98 9 107
India Manjeet Chhillar Bengaluru Bulls 16 67 39 106
India Deepak Nivas Hudda Telugu Titans 15 60 35 95
India Rajesh Narwal Jaipur Pink Panthers 14 69 14 83

Prize Money[edit]

Prize money for winner of this competition is ₹ 3 crore. Also the first and second runner ups are rewarded with prize of ₹ 2 crore and ₹ 1 crore respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About: ProKabaddi.com — Official Website for the Pro Kabaddi League". ProKabaddi.com. 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Star India acquires 74% stake in Pro Kabaddi owner Mashal Sports | TelevisionPost.com". www.televisionpost.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Pro Kabaddi league fixes players' auction on May 20 - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  4. ^ Special Correspondent (2014-05-21). "Rakesh Kumar gets the highest bid". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  5. ^ . sportskeeda.com. 22 June 2015 champions http://www.sportskeeda.com/kabaddi/pro-kabaddi-league-season1-jaipur-pink-panthers-deserving-champions champions Check |url= value (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Pro Kabaddi season2-results". 
  7. ^ "Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League season 3 ratings rise by 36%". Indian Television Dot Com. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 
  8. ^ "Official Website for the Pro Kabaddi League". ProKabaddi.com. 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 

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