Pro Kabaddi Stars who are likely to see their demand reduced in PKL 8 auctions
We look at some of Pro Kabaddi’s star names who earned big in PKL 7, but their demand might be considerably lesser this time around.
Nitin Tomar was the 2nd highest earner in Pro Kabaddi Season 7 with Pune buying him back via the FBM card for 1 crore 20 lakhs. Unfortunately, for the Paltans and Nitin Tomar, the raider struggled with injuries and failed to replicate the impact he had in PKL 6. The U.P native had an average raid point of 9.09 in PKL 6 which fell to just 4.09 in PKL 7 as he struggled with form and fitness. The Navy raider’s injury history combined with his dwindling impact means he will struggle to command even half of his previous auction price.
PKL’s “Showman” and the 2nd highest scorer in the history of PKL struggled badly for Tamil Thalaivas in PKL 7. Rahul managed 130 raid points at an average raid point of 5.9, which is his lowest in PKL history. The star raider had a raid success rate of just 40%, which was also his lowest PKL history. The 28-year old’s status and star billing had earned him an auction price of 94 lakhs in PKL 7 auctions. However, his poor form in PKL 7 combined with his below par showing in the Senior nationals mean Rahul might struggle to cross 50 lakhs in the PKL 8 auctions.
Monu Goyat rose to fame playing a starring in helping Patna Pirates clinch a 3rd successive PKL title in PKL 5. His superb form in PKL 5 alongside Pardeep Narwal helped him a fetch a record 1 crore 52 lakhs in PKL 6 auctions. However, he endured a mixed PKL 6 for Haryana Steelers, but U.P Yoddha still saw enough to acquire his services for 93 lakhs in the PKL 7 auctions. However, the Services raider struggled to justify his huge price tag managing to score just 65 raid points in 14 matches. The 28-year old’s poor recent form means he is also another player who will struggle to command in excess of 50 lakhs.
The only foreigner to feature in the list Abozar Mighani is a surprise addition in the list given his exploits in Pro Kabaddi Season 5 and 6 and the paucity of good right corners in PKL. The Iranian was expected to form a deadly corner combination with left corner Vishal Bhardwaj but Abozar Mighani was a shadow of his former self and made uncharacteristic errors. The right corner ended the Pro Kabaddi Season 7 with 39 tackle points at a tackle strike rate of 44.82% his worst in PKL and a drop from his previous tackle strike rates of 56 and 57. The 32-year-old fetched around 76 lakhs in PKL 7 auctions but is expected to fetch considerably less in Pro Kabaddi Season 8 auctions.
The “Iceman” had a memorable personal year in 2019 winning the Padmashree Award and the Arjuna award, but team honors continued to elude him. Tamil Thalaivas endured another disappointing campaign finishing last in Pro Kabaddi Season 7 despite possessing one of the most star-studded teams in Pro Kabaddi history. The then 33-year-old endured a forgettable campaign scoring just 58 raid points in 13 matches at a raid strike rate of 33.91% which was his worst season in Pro Kabaddi history. Ajay was regularly caught in 3 and 2 defence which meant Tamil Thalaivas failed to inflict all-out and also gave 2 tackle points to the opposition. Ajay Thakur also struggled in last year’s Senior Nationals managing to score just 5 raid points and for the major part failed to contribute as Himachal Pradesh once again got lost out in Round of 16. His absence from this year’s Senior nationals is further expected to reduce his demand in the Pro Kabaddi Season 8 auctions.