Every season of the Pro Kabaddi League is jam-packed with entertaining matches in which records are set and broken practically every match. The competition’s eighth season is also living up to its reputation.
As the third week begins, one of the best records in the tournament has already been set. In just 53 games, Naveen Kumar became the fastest raider in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League to reach 600 raid points. He did, however, leave two players in his wake who had previously held the record.
Let’s have a look at the top three fastest players who have made it to 600 points in the least number of matches:
Maninder Singh, regarded as one of the best raiders in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League, began his career with the Jaipur Pink Panthers in the inaugural season of the competition and is now the captain of Bengal Warriors. In just 68 games, Maninder surpassed the 600-point mark.
He’s racked up 843 raid points. The right-handed athlete is well-known for his ability to outshine his opponent’s defense. Players are frequently perplexed by his rapid stepping and controlled technique. Naveen presently owns the record for earning 500 raid points in the shortest amount of time (56 matches). He has already scored 100 points in just eight games this season.
Pardeep Narwal, dubbed the “Dubki King” of the PKL, began his career with the Patna Pirates, where he guided them to three consecutive titles. He is presently a member of the UP Yoddha, who purchased him in an auction for a record sum. In only 63 games, Pardeep Narwal became the first player to attain 600 points.
In the years 2016 and 2017, he was also named Most Valuable Player. In 2017 and 2018, he was also named Best Raider. He set the record for the most mega raids in a single season in Season 6.
Naveen Kumar dubbed the “Naveen Express,” has been the most outstanding player in Season 8 of the Pro Kabaddi League. With his remarkable talent, the child has surprised the Kabaddi world. As previously stated, he became the fastest player to reach 600 points, doing it in only 53 games. In his first season, Naveen scored 177 points in 22 games, including eight Super 10s, and was the team’s highest scorer.
He also became the league’s youngest player to score a Super 10 in the league’s history. The 2018 season had already foreshadowed what was to come in the next term. The seventh season of the PKL began in 2019, and it was another year of Naveen’s accomplishments, as he was retained by his squad and achieved 301 raid points in only 23 matches. He had a total of 22 Super 10s, with 21 of them coming in a row, making him the only player to accomplish so in a single season.
In the current season, he is the team’s and tournament’s leading scorer. After achieving so much at such a young age, no team or defense would want to be caught off guard by such a powerful player, demonstrating that Naveen has established himself as one of the league’s most formidable leaders.