Amongst the superstars from the world of VIVO Pro Kabaddi, two names - Rahul Chaudhari and Rohit Kumar - are set to renew their rivalry in what promises to be a humdinger of a match on Sunday. India couldn’t have asked for a better evening as Kumar’s Bengaluru Bulls gear up to face Chaudhari’s Telugu Titans, who have already played two matches this season. As the nation prepares itself to witness these star raiders locking horns on the mat at Hyderabad’s Gachibowli Stadium, we delve back into why the mere mention of ‘Chaudhari vs Kumar’ makes kabaddi fans smack their lips.
Rahul Chaudhari (Telugu Titans)
Telugu Titans retaining the ‘Raid Machine’ for Season 5 was widely expected, taking into account the fantastic portfolio Rahul Chaudhari flaunts. Being adjudged the ‘Best Raider’ of both Season 1 and Season 4 speaks volumes about his exploitations up front, where from an overall total of 534 points, 499 have come through raid points. His impact in the league is such that he is just two short of completing 1,000 total raids in VIVO Pro Kabaddi. A total of 399 successful raids, 15 Super Raids and a record 25 Super 10s further add to his reputation.
Chaudhari is well-known in the kabaddi circuit for his lightning fast speed, signature running-hand touch, unique strength and the ability to raid from both sides of the mat. He currently holds the record for ‘Total Points’, ‘Raid Points’, ‘Successful Raids’ and ‘Super 10s’ in the league and one can understand why he is such a big deal. The 24-year-old has been handed over the reins of his team by coach Naveen Kumar, and he looks to live up to the team management and fans’ faith as the leader of the squad and win the coveted trophy for the Titans for the first time ever.
Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru Bulls)
The second most expensive player in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history, Rohit Kumar stands in Chaudhari’s way on Sunday. He has already tasted trophy success with Patna Pirates in Season 3 in what was his debut season, and he will look to do the same with Bengaluru Bulls, whom he joined ahead of the fourth season. The Most Valuable Player of Season 3, Kumar has an impressive tally of 209 total points, of which 195 came through raid points. These stats come from 26 matches, less than half of Chaudhari’s appearances. So it’s definitely a battle fans can keep their eyes peeled for!
Kumar will captain the Bulls this season, meaning there will be additional responsibilities for him, and it will be interesting to see how he fares in this new role. However, there is no denying the extraordinary talent he possesses, and he will look to lead the attack with his swift movements and keep the team inspired at all times.
Don’t miss the chance of watching the best in the business taking guard against each other at Hyderabad tonight. Catch the match live from 9 PM IST only on the Star Sports network and hotstar.