While raiders are the ones who get Pro Kabaddi fans excited and off their seats, it is the defenders who help you win titles by forming the foundations for a successful team.
After all, while raiders might help you win matches, ultimately it is a strong defence that helps you win titles.
Completing a successful tackle though is easier said than done in the all-action, high-octane and top quality environment that comes with Pro Kabaddi.
However, some defenders seem to have cracked the code when it comes to pulling off successful tackles on a consistent basis.
Registering one tackle point in a Pro Kabaddi match is hard enough but notching up five is even more difficult.
That said, a few individuals have made a habit out of scoring five tackle points or more to complete a High 5 in a Pro Kabaddi game.
Surjeet Singh has registered the most High 5s (29) in Pro Kabaddi, while Fazel Atrachali with 26 High 5s comes in second.
Some talents have gone even a step further by recording High 5s in successive matches and here we have a look at those players with the most consecutive High 5s in Pro Kabaddi.
Surender Nada is sixth in the all-time leaderboard for most High 5s with 21 of them to his name. Part of a select group of seven defenders with 20 or more High 5s in Pro Kabaddi history, Surender Nada’s run of five consecutive High 5s in Pro Kabaddi matches is the most by any player. He did so while representing Haryana Steelers in Season 5 from July to August in 2017. Nada, in fact, was in scintillating form in Season 5 as he finished the campaign with nine High 5s - the joint-most by any player in the fifth edition of PKL.
Sombir comes in joint-second on the list for most consecutive High 5s in Pro Kabaddi history having registered three of them in succession in Season 8. He has a total of nine High 5s in his Pro Kabaddi career and five of them came in Season 8 while he was representing Puneri Paltan. Sombir’s run of consecutive High 5s came in February 2022 and his performances saw him finish joint-third on the High 5 leaderboard in that particular edition. Sombir also finished seventh on the tackle points (60) leaderboard in Season 8 - his best display in any edition.
Like Sombir, Iranian Mohammadreza Chiyaneh also registered three consecutive High 5s in Pro Kabaddi Season 8. He finished the campaign as the leading tackle points (89) scorer and topped the High 5 charts in that particular edition with a whopping 10 of them. Chiyaneh’s run of three consecutive High 5s in Season 8 happened in February 2022 for Patna Pirates. A frequent High 5 scorer, Chiyaneh is 14th on the all-time leaderboard for High 5s with 16 of them. He’s only participated in two seasons of Pro Kabaddi and has notched his 16 High 5s in just 44 games, making for a better High 5 to games ratio than any player in league history.
Season 8 seemed to be the campaign for consecutive High 5s by defenders. Just like Sombir and Chiyaneh, Tamil Thalaivas’ Sagar also notched three successive High 5s in the campaign. His run of three consecutive High 5s came in between January and February. Sagar finished the campaign with eight High 5s in total, putting him second to only Chiyaneh’s 10 in that particular edition. Sagar has gone on to be a consistent performer for the Thaliavas and has notched 14 High 5s in 52 games, putting him 17th in the all-time leaderboard for most High 5s in Pro Kabaddi history.
Seventh on the all-time leaderboard for most High 5s (20) in Pro Kabaddi history, U.P. Yoddhas’ Nitesh Kumar has also strung together a run of three consecutive High 5s. He did so in Season 7 from September to October 2019. Nitesh Kumar finished Season 7 with six High 5s - the joint second-most for that particular campaign. His overall tally of 75 tackle points in Season 7 is the defender’s second-best tally for one season in his Pro Kabaddi career.