With 4 team new team, the fifth season of Pro Kabaddi League kicks off on 28th July. Pro Kabaddi 2017 is expected to be bigger and better than ever. The game which was considered as uncool and reckless is now transformed into one of the most followed sports in India.
The four new teams which are participating in the 5th edition of Pro Kabaddi League- Haryana Steelars, Gujrat Fortune,UP Yodha and Tamil Thalivas. With 12 new team PKL has become India’s biggest sports league.
CAPTIANS OF ALL 12 TEAMS
1. Jang Kun Lee – Bengal Warriors
2. Rohit Kumar – Bengaluru Bulls
3. Meeraj Sheykh – Dabang Delhi
4. Pardeep Narwal – Patna Pirates
5. Deepak Hooda – Puneri Paltan
6. Anup Kumar – U Mumba
7. Nitin Tomar – UP Yodha
8. Ajay Thakur – Tamil Thalivas
9. Rahul Chaudhari – Telugu Titans
10. Surender Nada- Haryana Steelars
11. Sukesh Hegde – Gujrat Fortunegiant
12. Jasvir Singh – Jaipur Pink Panthers
The stakes for the fifth edition got considerably higher with a declaration of a merged total of Rs 8 crore as the prize money of this season. Winner of this season will whoop the prize money of 3 crore,the 2nd and the 3rd spot will get 1.8 crore and 1.3 crore respectively.
It must not be overlooked that so far, kabaddi has just pushed ahead. It has been just three years that the Pro Kabaddi League started. It was in 2014 when 60 games were played. It was then that an obscure amount got much love.
Nitin Tomar who has become the most expensive player in the history of PKL at 93 Lakhs. Rohit Kumar, Manjeet Chillar, Surjeet Kumar are also amongst the expensive list and will feel some pressure to live up the expectation of their respective franchise who spent ample amount of money to get them.
Previous Title winners Jaipur Pink Panther( 1st season), U Mumba(2nd season), Patna Pirates(3rd and 4th season).
Kabaddi has ventured out. Notwithstanding it being not a paramount sport globally, it has a more than reasonable presence in India. Presently it will have a two-overlap challenge in the coming couple of years. It will need to push itself in turning into a major global sport and will need to end up noticeably an essential, standard game in India.