Pardeep Narwal now finds himself a new home after spending five seasons with the Patna Pirates.
Talismanic raider Pardeep Narwal smashed an all-time record by becoming the highest-ever bought kabaddi player in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), after being bought by the UP Yoddha for Rs 1.65 crore. The UP Yoddha bought Narwal on Monday (August 30), the second day of the PKL auction for the upcoming season 8, which will take place in December.
Narwal now finds himself a new home after spending five seasons with the Patna Pirates.
All-rounder Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh (base price Rs 10 lakh), was sold to the 'Patna Pirates' for Rs 31 lakh, while the 'Bengal Warriors' bought defender Abozar Mohajermighani, bidding for him at Rs 30.5 lakh from the base price of Rs 20 lakh.
The Patna Pirates used their FBM card to retain South Korean raider Jang Kun Lee at Rs 20.5 lakh, the release said. After spending six seasons with the Telugu Titans and one season with Tamil Thalaivas, Rahul Chaudhari will now play for the Puneri Paltans.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers used both the FBM cards to retain captain Deepak Niwas Hooda and Sandeep Kumar Dhull. The Tamil Thalaivas bid for raider Manjeet from his base price of Rs 30 lakh and bought him in for Rs 92 lakh.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Rohit Gulia grabbed eyeballs after he was sold to the Haryana Steelers for Rs 83 lakh, a significant jump from his Rs 25-lakh price tag with the Gujarat Giants in Season 7.
“Kabaddi is such an elementary game in terms of infrastructure required, that I have no doubt that once we get our act together, the explosion of kabaddi internationally is just waiting to happen,” Charu Sharma, co-founder of Mashal Sports, was quoted as saying in the release.
Top 5 Indian players:
Pardeep Narwal – Rs 1.65 crore – UP Yoddha
Siddharth Desai – Rs 1.30 crore – Telugu Titans
Manjeet – Rs 92 lakh – Tamil Thalaivas
Sachin – Rs 84 lakh – Patna Pirates
Rohit Gulia – Rs 83 lakh – Haryana Steelers