The marquee kabaddi tournament saw an auction for its players for season 6 teams on May 30, 2018. It was a barnburner as a lot of players went exorbitant costs. Here is the list of Indian players who went for the highest bucks.
The first Indian athlete to become the costliest non-cricketing sportsperson, Monu Goyat, is only 25-years of age. He is one of the best raiders in the country and was the most expensive player in the previous season as well.
Goyat is a man who defies expectations. He didn’t even play the first three seasons of Pro Kabaddi as being part of the Indian Armed forces, he wasn’t allowed to compete. Now, he has surpassed even the Indian Football team captain Sunil Chhetri in terms of his auction price.
He has won the league twice now with his previous Patna Pirates, consecutively, and is looking for a new challenge with his new franchise.
Previous Team: Patna Pirates
Current Team: Haryana Steelers
Price: INR 1.50 Crore
Telegu Titans retained the services of the Rahul Chaudhari for yet another season in the auction. He is the first player and raider to have scored 700+ points. A gold-dust for the side, Chaudhari has always delivered at the biggest stage for his team.
The 25-year-old got into the kabaddi thanks to his brother, who rebelled against the wishes of their parents. He made sure he and his younger brother competed and learnt kabaddi. Now, he will be bearing the fruits of his labour.
An integral part of the Indian national team as well, Rahul Chaudhari has the world has his feet, and now with the adequate amount of money in the bank, the freedom will let him be even more explosive than before.
Retained by: Telegu Titans
Price: INR 1.29 Crore
3.Deepak Niwas Hooda
The story of this Harayna born player is one to cherish. He lost his mother at the age of four, and his father when he was in the 12th Standard. Becoming the sole-earner of the family, he dropped studies to become a teacher.
The man grinded as hard as he could, only to play kabaddi part-time, after his graduation. He is now one of the biggest names in Indian kabaddi fraternity.
He is a raider as well and has played for two teams previously. This is a chance for him to get a fresh start at a new place and showcase his skills.
Previous Team: Puneri Paltan
Current Team: Jaipur Pink Panthers
Price: INR 1.15 Crore
4. Rishank Devadiga
The man with the highest number of raid points in one match, Rishank Devadiga, has become the talk of the town recently. He has been in inspired form and has been delivering consistently.
The Mumbaikar, like many of his colleagues, has had a difficult upbringing. Losing his father at an early age, he was brought up by a mother who worked at a beauty parlour to provide money for the education of her children.
Rishank has grown into his own as the seasons have progressed, and now forms the backbone of the teams he represents.
Retained by: UP Yoddha
Price: INR 1.11 Crore
The 23-year-old who comes from a family of sportspersons. He also used to be a petty officer at the INS Angre unit of the Indian Navy.
Tomar broke onto the scene and for India in the Kabbadi World cup 2016. Being a part-time player in the tournament, he played an integral role in the final against Iran and nailed the win for India.
This rose his stocks, figuratively and literally. He was bought for 93 lacks in the previous editions and has once again broken banks for his franchise to reserve his services.
Previous Team: UP Yodha
Current Team: Puneri Paltans
Price: INR 1.15 Crore