Season 7 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi promises to be more exciting and tense than ever before with a new format and revamped teams. With the start of the season less than a week away, here is a look at some of the top raiders to keep an eye on over the course of the campaign.
1. Pawan ‘Hi-Flyer’ Sehrawat – Bengaluru Bulls
Season 6’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Sehrawat will be looking to replicate his performances from last year as Bengaluru Bulls eye a successful defence of their VIVO Pro Kabaddi crown. Sehrawat was one of the breakthrough stars last season and spearheaded Bengaluru Bulls’ title triumph with 271 raid points – the most in Season 6.
2. Siddharth ‘Baahubali’ Desai – Telugu Titans
Siddharth Desai announced his arrival on the VIVO Pro Kabaddi stage in style with U Mumba last season. He was the team’s most lethal raider and finished his debut campaign with 218 raid points. The powerful raider broke several records along the way and won the Best Debutant award. The upcoming season will see him lead the Telugu Titans raiding unit.
3. Pardeep ‘Record-Breaker’ Narwal – Patna Pirates
Sitting atop the all-time leaderboard for raid points as of Season 6 (858), Pardeep Narwal will be itching to reclaim the VIVO Pro Kabaddi trophy with Patna Pirates. He scored 233 raid points for the three-time champions last season and will be looking to better that in the upcoming campaign.
4. Maninder Singh – Bengal Warriors
Winner of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi trophy with Jaipur Pink Panthers in the inaugural edition, Maninder Singh has shown his mettle and emerged as one of the top raiders in the league since his return in Season 5. He has been Bengal Warriors’ leading raider over the past two campaigns and finished the fifth season with 190 raid points before topping that tally with 206 raid points last season.
5. Ajay ‘Iceman’ Thakur – Tamil Thalaivas
Like fine wine, the Tamil Thalaivas captain seems to only be getting better with time. An experienced raider and inspiring leader, Thakur has almost singlehandedly won his team games in the past. He scored 213 raid points in the fifth season and 203 raid points in the subsequent year. The new season will see him team up with Rahul Chaudhari, making them a lethal raiding duo.