Kabaddi, one of the oldest sports of the country is getting it’s due recognition and has now been transformed into a professional, glamourous 3 month long event. The Pro kabaddi 2018 season has already begun and promises to be another exhilarating time of guts and glory. Many players are now remembered by the name on the back of their jersey because of their sheer talent, skills and their down to earth nature.
The recently concluded auctions have completely revamped the 12 teams. All Pro kabaddi League teams are eager to start with the new season after the match schedules were announced. This season attracts some veteran superstars like Rahul Chaudhari, Anup Kumar, ManjeetChillar, Ajay Thakur, Jasveer Singh, SandeepNarwal to name a few along with some promising young guns like SandeepDhull, Vishal Bharadwaj, RohitGulia, Jaideep. Here are the top 5 players we predict will shine and will help you make Pro kabaddi league 2018 match predictions.
1- MonuGoyat (Haryana Steelers):
Last season Monu was the find of the season for the Patna Pirates. He not only supported PardeepNarwal as a second raider, but also scored 45 of his 191 raid points in Do-Or-Die raid situations. His speciality of Running hand touch, coupled with sudden increase in pace, makes him a threat to any defender. Last season Monu scored a total of 202 points and was the key personnel for Pirates lifting the trophy. His last season’s performance attracted many eyes during the auction, Haryana steelers were not shy to shell out 1.51 Crores out of their purse, to acquire Monu’s services.
2-Pardeep Narwal (Patna Pirates):
When you hear the name PardeepNarwal, you always wonder, is there anything this lad cannot do? At just 21, Pardeep has number of records to his name. To name a few, he scored 8 points in a single raid against Haryana steelers last season. He has a record for highest points in a single game (34 points). The most number of raid points scored in a single season (369). Pardeep was named the Most valuable player consecutively in season 4 and season 5.
Pardeep’s speciality of executing the DUBKI to perfection has got himself a tag of DUBKI king, and there’s no matching him in executing the DUBKI to the perfection. Patna Pirates retained Pardeep for season 6, and all the expectations would be on Pardeep’s shoulders once again.
3- Deepak Hooda (Jaipur Pink Panthers):
A genuine all rounder coupled with leadership skills, Deepak was the standout player for PuneriPaltan for the past couple of seasons. He had the highest Do-Or-Die raid points in season 5, which proves his ability to pick points in the most difficult situation. He is the third highest point scorer in Pro Kabaddi, as of season 5.
Deepak has the speciality of getting points with his running hand touch. His swift pace and agile body makes him a difficult customer for the defenders to tackle. This season he will be playing for a new franchise Jaipur Pink Panthers who will be captained by Anup Kumar. The captain cool known for getting the best out of his players which will certainly help in upscaling Deepak’s game.
4- Sachin Tanwar (Gujarat Fortunegiants):
The 19 year old Sachin was the star raider for the Gujarat Fortunegiants in season 5. Playing the Pro Kabaddi league for the first time, he managed to score 159 points. He had received the best Debutant of the Season for his raiding skills. The tall raider had many victims with his running hand touches, which proves to be his key skill. Gujarat would be once again depending on Sachin’s performance in Raiding department to win them matches. With age by his side, and last season’s experience you can definitely expect a much improved player this season.
5- Siddharth Sirish Desai (U Mumba):
A fresh face in Pro Kabaddi, he made his debut this season, scoring a decent 15 points on his first match and doesn’t seem to have any intention of slowing down. Keep a close eye on this rising star. With a level head and good stamina, he is sure to take the U Mumba team to new heights.