The primary raiders of a kabaddi team are the ones who take the onus of raiding upon themselves and are entrusted with getting most of the points for their respective teams. They do the bulk of the scoring for the team and very often it’s the performance of a team’s lead raider that makes the difference between a win or loss for a team.
While clinical raiding performances are a joy to watch, every so often we see displays by raiders that completely blow the opposition away with their prowess in attack. Here we take a look at some of the raiders who scored most raid points in a Pro Kabaddi match.
The Hi-Flyer, Pawan Sehrawat, has always been a raider to watch out for when he steps on the mat as he knows the art of taking the game to the opposition. In Match 118 of Season 7, Pawan Sehrawat scored 39 raid points while playing for Bengaluru Bulls against Haryana Steelers. Sehrawat was on fire on the night, attempting 38 raids as he finished the game as the sole raid point scorer from his team. He scripted a comfortable 23-point win for the Bulls. It was one of his best games of the campaign and Sehrawat was also the standout raider of Season 7 with 346 raid points.
Match 124 was the last match for Patna Pirates in their Season 7 campaign and the Record-Breaker Pardeep Narwal set the stage on fire with his exceptional raiding skills to earn 34 points against Bengal Warriors. The Warriors were still in the game when they were trailing by 45-35 with less than four minutes to go. However, Pardeep Narwal didn’t allow the opposition defenders to get in the game and pulled off two Super Raids in the final minutes of the match to lead the Pirates to a convincing 28-point win. Though the Pirates and Pardeep Narwal couldn’t make it to the playoffs in Season 7, he ended the campaign as the second best raider with 302 raid points.
Pardeep Narwal is the only raider to score 30-plus raid points twice in a Pro Kabaddi match. Before scoring 34 raid points in Season 7, he showcased his brilliance in Season 5 and it was against Haryana Steelers in a must-win match for Patna Pirates. In Eliminator 2, he was at his brilliant best and performed to the best of his ability. This match is also remembered for Pardeep Narwal’s stunning 8-point raid that he earned with a dubki. It turned out to be an outstanding season for the Dubki King not just as the champion team’s captain but also as an individual, who notched 369 raid points, which is still a record for the most raid points in a season.
Bengaluru Bulls’ captain in Pro Kabaddi Season 5, Rohit Kumar, led his side by example in Match 51. He had a memorable match against U.P. Yoddhas as he amassed 30 raid points and helped his team to a comfortable 64-24 win against the Yoddhas. Rohit continued his excellent raiding form throughout the season and managed to become the second highest raid points scorer in Season 5 with 219 raid points. He was also the joint second highest Super 10 scorer (12) in the fifth edition of Pro Kabaddi.
Before Pawan Sehrawat earned the most raid points in a Pro Kabaddi match, he gave us a glimpse of his capabilities when Bengaluru Bulls faced Bengal Warriors in Match 24 of Season 7. The Bulls were trailing by 11 points with less than 12 minutes to go in the match, but the Hi-Flyer absorbed the pressure and came to the Bulls’ rescue. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) from Season 6 proved his mettle yet again and helped the Bulls make a terrific 19-8 comeback in the last quarter to rescue a win from the jaws of defeat.