One of the tricks that raiders have up their sleeves while attempting to complete a successful raid is the art of getting a swift bonus point. It is one of the most important weapons in a raider’s arsenal and can distinguish a good raider from a great one.
A raider earns a bonus point if he manages to successfully cross the bonus line with one foot in the air while the other foot touches the mat beyond the bonus line when six or more defenders are active. In a game of kabaddi, every point counts and these bonus points can prove to be crucial in deciding the outcome of a match.
Some of the quality raiders in Pro Kabaddi execute a bonus to perfection on a regular basis. There are also certain raiders that have left spectators in awe with their consistency in bagging bonus points. Here we have a look at some of the best bonus points extravaganzas over the course of a match in Pro Kabaddi.
Puneri Paltan talisman Aslam Inamdar was on top of his bonus point game against Gujarat Giants in Match 18 of Season 9. Aslam bagged 19 raid points including 12 bonus points and 7 touch points. After a slow start to the match by both sides, the Giants managed to take the lead but Puneri Paltan managed to stay within touching distance courtesy of a flurry of bonus points from Aslam Inamdar. He cut down the deficit to just two points by the end of the first half. After the restart, he kept fighting a lone battle as he didn’t get enough support from his teammates. Even though the Giants secured their first win of the tournament by winning this clash, the game is mostly remembered by many for Aslam’s 12 bonus points - the most by any player in a PKL match.
Arjun Deshwal missed out becoming the joint highest bonus point scorer in a Pro Kabaddi game alongside Aslam Inamdar by a whisker. In Season 9, Arjun scored 11 bonus points in Match 96 against Puneri Paltan. The game saw a complete team effort by Puneri Paltan, whereas Arjun was the only bright spot for Jaipur Pink Panthers. The Panthers were trailing by four points at the end of the halfway mark. Arjun continued to spearhead the scoring efforts for the Panthers but a lack of assistance from the other players on his team resulted in a loss for Jaipur Pink Panthers. He eventually scored a total of 19 raid points in the game, 11 of which were bonus points.
The Naveen Express went all guns blazing in Match 35 of the eighth PKL edition against Telugu Titans. Dabang Delhi K.C.'s star raider proved to be unstoppable on the night and scored a total of 25 raid points. Naveen Kumar, in fact, was the difference between the two sides in a thrilling encounter that saw the talismanic raider get his team over the finish line with a one-point win. Naveen earned 10 bonus points with his quick feet during the encounter and didn’t allow the Titans’ defenders to keep him quiet. He held his nerve to get a win for his side in what was another solid performance in Season 8, where Naveen was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the campaign.
After Naveen’s splendid show, it was time for Maninder to flourish in Season 8, Match 38 when Bengal Warriors went up against Haryana Steelers. The Warriors lost the game in a close finish, nevertheless, the game can be remembered because of the Bengal Warriors skipper’s top class effort. Maninder Singh scored a stunning 14 points, including nine bonus points. All-rounder, Mohammad Nabibakhsh played his part and gave good support to his captain with nine points but the duos effort weren’t enough to secure a win even though Maninder’s display deserved one.
In Match 84 of Season 6, U.P. Yoddhas’ Shrikant Jadhav grabbed the limelight by scoring nine bonus points in a game against Bengaluru Bulls. The opposition had the likes of Pawan Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar in their ranks, but Shrikant Jadhav was the pick of the raiders on the night. The Bulls started the game well, however, the Yoddhas fought their way back into the contest. Shrikant Jadhav was outstanding with his raids and scored a total of 12 raid points. He kept the Yoddhas in the hunt but the Bulls found a way to get the win.