We Look at some prominent names of Pro Kabaddi who failed to find a buyer for Pro Kabaddi Season 8.
Left corner Jaideep Sharma was arguably the biggest surprise among the players who went unsold in Pro Kabaddi Season 8 auctions. Since PKL 5 Jaideep scored 181 tackle points, only 5 players have scored more highlighting his defensive prowess. The 29-year-old has also been a key member for the Services team that has reached the finals of the Senior nationals for the last 2 seasons. Surprisingly Haryana and Gujarat have opted Surender Nada and Girish Ernak over Jaideep both of whom have struggled for form and fitness in the last 3 seasons.
The costliest buy of PKL 4 failed to find a spot in any team’s roster for Pro Kabaddi Season 8. The right corner is arguably the biggest name to remain unsold for PKL 8. Though Mohit’s form had been inconsistent over the past few seasons, the World Cup winning member was still considered good enough to find a spot in one of the teams. Only 5 defenders have more tackle points than Mohit’s tally of 277 tackle points which highlights his quality over the years.
One of PKL’s most successful all-rounders, Ran Singh is another big name to miss out on in the squads for PKL 8. The Punjab defender was ever present since PKL 1 but a below par showing with Tamil Thalaivas in PKL 7 coupled with his lack of activity in the last 2 years seems to have almost ended his Pro Kabaddi career. Ran Singh will be fondly remembered especially by Jaipur fans having been part of their title winning squad in PKL 1 and also playing a crucial role in Pink Panthers last run to the finals in PKL 4.
The burly Maharashtrian is another big name who went unsold in the Pro Kabaddi Season 8 auctions. The right cover has enjoyed an illustrious PKL career winning 2 titles with U Mumba and Patna and also making 3 more finals. However, the 36-year old’s poor PKL 7 coupled with his advancing years meant he wasn’t considered by any team for the upcoming season.
The only foreigner in the list and also the only Iranian to miss out on the selection for Pro Kabaddi Season 8. Farhad was a decent allrounder who was a competent right cover who could also chip in with crucial raid points. However, what went against him was that Farhad was placed in category B and no team found him worth spending 20 lakhs on him.