It’s been over three weeks since the Pro Kabaddi League officially came back. Kabaddi fans had to wait over a year to finally witness the biggest Kabaddi event of the year. Before this season, the last PKL took place in 2019 when Bengal Warriors became the champions. This year’s PKL kicked off on December 22, 2021, and the date of the final is yet to be announced.
Since the season premiered, a total of 54 matches have been played and so far, the Bengaluru Bulls are sitting on top of the ladder. It’s followed by Patna Pirates, Dabang Delhi, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Tamil Thalaivas, and U Mamba. If you’re thinking of placing a bet on the Best Kabaddi Betting app and site in India – 10CRIC, here’s the updated points table:
|4||Jaipur Pink Panthers||9||5||0||4||28|
Bettor or not, aside from the points table, fans are also checking and talking about the best PKL players of the season so far. Curious to know which are the top players of the first half of the 2021 PKL? Here they are and how they’ve been performing so far.
The Top 5 Raiders
|1||Pawan Sehrawat||Bengaluru Bulls||10||141|
|2||Naveen Kumar||Dabang Delhi||8||130|
|3||Maninder Singh||Bengal Warriors||9||111|
|4||Arjun Deshwal||Jaipur Pink Panthers||9||108|
|5||Vikash Khandola||Haryana Steelers||9||77|
Bengaluru Bulls captain also known as Hi-Flyer is this season’s top raider so far with a score of 141. During the last season, Sehrawat stole the scene for Bengaluru Bulls when Rohit Kumar’s form took a dip. Sehrawat was able to finish last season as the top scorer with 353 points. It will be interesting if he’ll be able to reach this number again this year.
Dabang Delhi’s 21-year-old Naveen Kumar is the youngest kabaddi player we’ve seen on the PKL state so far. He already scored 130 after participating in 8 matches this year. Last season, he was the fastest raider to score 300 raid points.
Singh is the captain of the Bengal Warriors since last year with a running score of 111 this season. Last season, during a match against Patna Pirates, he was named as the second-quickest raider to reach 600 points in the entire PKL.
Deshwal is one of the youngest raiders in this season of the PKL. He was part of U Mumba in the last season when his overall raid strike rate was 54 percent and tackle strike rate was 33 percent. In all 19 games that he played, he scored 106.
Vikash has been part of the PKL since its fourth season. During the seventh PKL season, he played a total of 20 matches with a 49% raid strike rate and 25% tackle strike rate. He earned a total of 195 points last year. His running score this year is 77 out of 9 matches.
Top 5 Defenders
|Rank||Player||Team||No of Matches||Successful Tackles||Super Tackles|
|1||Surjeet Singh||Tamil Thalaivas||9||33||2|
|4||Sahul Kumar||Jaipur Pink Panthers||8||26||2|
|5||Mohammadreza Chiyaneh||Patna Pirates||9||24||3|
Upcoming Matches of the PKL 2021
With 54 matches all done for this season, there are still 84 matches to go. Here’s the rest of the season’s schedule:
|Jan-15||Haryana Steelers vs Dabang Delhi|
|Jan-15||UP Yoddha vs Telugu Titans|
|Jan-15||U Mumba vs Bengal Warriors|
|Jan-16||Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers|
|Jan-16||Patna Pirates vs Bengaluru Bulls|
|Jan-17||Puneri Paltan vs UP Yoddha|
|Jan-17||Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors|
|Jan-18||Dabang Delhi vs Patna Pirates|
|Jan-18||Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba|
|Jan-19||Haryana Steelers vs Puneri Paltan|
|Jan-19||Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans|
|Jan-20||Tamil Thalaivas vs Gujarat Giants|
There are a total of 66 matches on both round 1 and 2 eliminations. The schedule for the 1st and 2nd rounds of the semi-final and the final are not yet announced.