All eyes were on Haryana to see how the state - considered to be the home of kabaddi - would welcome VIVO Pro Kabaddi for the first time ever at Sonepat. As it turned out, fans were thrilled to welcome all teams, especially home side Haryana Steelers. After a week filled with heady encounters, here are some of the moments that lit up the seventh leg.
Mohit Chhillar’s milestone
Haryana Steelers’ Mohit Chhillar is one of the best defenders to ever grace the VIVO Pro Kabaddi stage. His corner partnership with Surender Nada is the most-feared defensive combination in the league. As the Haryana leg came to an end, Mohit etched his name in the history books by becoming only the second player ever to cross the 200 tackle-point mark in VIVO Pro Kabaddi, after Manjeet Chhillar.
Wazir Singh’s raid of the season
Wazir Singh is one of the stalwarts of the game. Plying his trade for Haryana Steelers this season, he pulled off a spectacular five-point raid against Dabang Delhi K.C., which can be termed the raid of the season thus far. A five-point raid has only happened once before in VIVO Pro Kabaddi - in Season 3 when Jaipur Pink Panthers’ Jasvir Singh was the initiator.
Bengal Warriors have made many comebacks this season. However, their best comeback was reserved for the match against Telugu Titans. With five minutes remaining on the clock and the Titans leading by 10 points, a win was almost impossible. However, the Warriors fought back brilliantly to equal the scoreline and take the match to the last raid, which was a do-or-die for them. Jang Kun Lee was thrown to the wolves but against all odds he came back triumphant with the all-important winning point to register one of the best comebacks of the season.
The unstoppable Pardeep Narwal
One of the biggest worries of all opponent coaches this season is how to stop Patna Pirates captain Pardeep Narwal from scoring. He has shown no signs of stopping and has scored heavily in every match. Sonepat too witnessed his incredible talent as he equalled his 21-point record in a single match this season against U Mumba. Though Patna lost the match, his dominance against Mumbai’s top-notch defenders was nothing short of brilliant.
Season 1 champions, Jaipur Pink Panthers’ campaign has not been off to a great start. One of the reasons has been injury to main players from the very start. After playing just four matches, captain and Jaipur’s talisman Manjeet Chhillar picked up an injury against Bengaluru Bulls which sidelined him for almost a month. After missing five matches, the ‘One-Man-Army’ made a comeback against Haryana Steelers amidst much fanfare and lived up to his reputation as the match ended in a tie.