Most Improved Players of Pro Kabaddi Season 7
Baldev Singh: Baldev Singh was retained by Bengal Warriors after a mixed Pro Kabaddi Season 6. The Himachal Pradesh defender managed 26 tackle points at a less than impressive tackle strike rate of 38.57. There were doubts when Bengal Warriors decided to make him the first-choice right corner, but the stocky defender repaid the managements faith by scoring a massive 66 tackle points in Pro Kabaddi Season 7. His 66 tackle points meant Baldev Singh ended the campaign as the 2nd most successful right corner of Pro Kabaddi Season 7. Baldev’s back hold became famous and he floored many raiders with the skill.
Rinku Narwal: Rinku Narwal was part of Pro Kabaddi since PKL 5 but due to the presence of Girish Ernak didn’t get enough opportunities to prove his worth. Puneri Paltan opted not to retain the youngster. Bengal Warriors got Rinku Narwal for a base price of 20 lakhs. The young left corner didn’t disappoint forming a deadly partnership with Baldev Singh helping Bengal Warriors win their first ever Pro Kabaddi Season title. The 22-year old scored 64 tackle points making his name as one of the best left corners of Pro Kabaddi Season 7.
Sunil: The Young Haryana Steelers defender was ridiculed in Pro Kabaddi Season 6 due to his constant mistakes and needless advance tackles. The right corner was initially benched in favour of the experienced Dharmaraj Cheralathan but due to the poor form of left corner Kuldeep, Dharmaraj Cheralathan shifted to left corner and Sunil was reinstated as the right corner. Sunil ended the campaign with 55 tackle points and was the most successful Haryana Steelers defender. His improvement can be gauged by the fact that in Pro Kabaddi Season 6 he had a tackle strike rate of 33.6 which improved to 44% in Pro Kabaddi Season 7.
Rohit Gulia: The young all-rounder was close to leaving Gujarat Fortune Giants after certain disagreements with Head Coach Manpreet Singh. Nevertheless the 22-year-old ended being retained for Pro Kabaddi Season 7 and it proved to be a smart move by the Gujarat Fortune Giants. With star raider Sachin struggling for form and fitness the left raider stepped up and led the raiding for the Fortune Giants. The fleet footed raider ended up with 132 raid points and broke into the top 10 successful raiders of PKL 7 for the first time. Rohit Gulia is blessed with speed, possesses a deadly hand touch is good at taking bonus points and is also good at escaping from tackles.
Vishal Lather: Vishal Lather was with Dabang Delhi for Pro Kabaddi Season 5 and 6 and was released somewhat surprisingly by Dabang Delhi given their struggle in the left cover position in Pro Kabaddi Season 6. The 23-year old was picked up by Jaipur Pink Panthers following some fine performances in the local tournaments. The Haryana native impressed with his defensive skills and scored 47 tackle points from 16 matches at an average of nearly 3 tackle points per match. His importance can be highlighted by the fact that Jaipur Pink Panthers failed to win any of the 6 matches Vishal missed through injury.