In the fast-paced VIVO Pro Kabaddi, every passing year sees new milestones being created and old ones surpassed. In that regard, Season 6 was no different. We list down the stand-out moments from the campaign.
1. Pardeep Narwal becomes the new trend-setter
Since the inception of VIVO Pro Kabaddi, Telugu Titans’ lead raider Rahul ‘Raid Machine’ Chaudhari has been the first to surpass many of the overall scoring milestones, right up to becoming the first man to surpass 800 raid points in the league’s history. But Patna Pirates’ Pardeep Narwal overtook his competition in career raid points midway through the Season 6 campaign and became the first man to reach the 850 raid points mark in the league.
2. Mighty Manjeet Chhillar passes 300 Tackle Points
Veteran all-rounder Manjeet Chhillar has been an ever-present figure in VIVO Pro Kabaddi and has racked up a bunch of individual accolades including the Best Defender Award in Season 1 and the Most Valuable Player award in Season 2. In this past campaign, Chhillar added another feather to his cap as he became the first player in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history to score 300 career tackle points. Chhillar is also the only player among VIVO Pro Kabaddi’s top 10 overall scorers to have more tackle points than raid points.
3. Jang Kun Lee hits 400 raid points
Bengal Warriors’ Jang Kun Lee became the first overseas player to score 400 raid points in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history, cementing his legacy as one of the top foreign players to participate in the league. Lee ranks 12th in the list of top all-time total point-scorers in VIVO Pro Kabaddi and has been a raiding stalwart for Bengal Warriors right from the inception of the league. Lee also became only the sixth players to score over 400 points for a single franchise and currently has 433 to his name.
4. Nitesh Kumar, the centurion
U.P. Yoddha’s Right Corner Nitesh Kumar created history in Season 6, as he became the first player to score a 100 tackle points in a single VIVO Pro Kabaddi campaign. Kumar was engaged in a three-way battle for the Best Defender Award with Fazel Atrachali and Parvesh Bhainswal and trailed the two for most of the campaign. But in his team’s last nine fixtures of the season, Kumar hit overdrive and scored 43 tackle points at a staggering average of 4.78 per match and an incredible strike rate of 76.78 to take home the Best Defender award.
5. Fazel Atrachali clocks 200 tackle points
In Season 6, U Mumba skipper Fazel Atrachali became the first overseas defender to score 200 career tackle points in VIVO Pro Kabaddi, capping off a brilliant campaign that saw him score a career-high 83 tackle points. Atrachali, a two-time winner of VIVO Pro Kabaddi with U Mumba and Patna Pirates, also climbed to the fifth spot in the list of players with the most tackle points in league history and is the only foreign player to feature in the top 20 of that list. Atrachali’s career average of 2.97 is the third-highest among all players who have played more than 50 matches.