VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5 broke all records and achieved unprecedented heights in its three-month journey across 12 cities nationwide. The mega season ended with Patna Pirates defending their title for the second time in a row and completing a hat-trick of titles. The credit for Patna’s absolute dominance on the VIVO Pro Kabaddi circuit can be attributed to only one man. A champion raider and a legend of the game at such a young age – Pardeep Narwal.
Narwal was the man to watch out for this season in light of his exemplary performances in the last two seasons. And boy did he disappoint! One may almost lose count of the number of records he has set this season and the milestones he has reached in the process. Such has been his dominance throughout that some of the most fearsome defenders have thought thrice before going ahead to tackle him. His stupendous six-point raid which took out six players against Haryana Steelers in Eliminator 2 will be etched in the minds of every kabaddi fan for many years to come. Narwal dominates most of the leaderboards this season, which are:
Most Total Points: 369
Most Raid Points: 369
Most Successful raids: 271
Most Super Raids: 18
Most Super 10s: 19
The man of the season single-handedly carried his team over the line on many occasions by holding his own and not allowing failure to get the better of him. His biggest ability is to bounce back from a tackle time and again and change the complexion of the game in the blink of an eye. The number of records he has owned over the course of three months is unbelievable and here’s the list:
Most points scored in a single season: 369
Most points scored in a single match: 34
Most points scored in a half by a player: 25
Maximum opposition players taken out in a single raid: 6
Most points scored by a player in VIVO Pro Kabaddi final: 19
Most consecutive Super 10s scored in a single season: 8
Narwal also crossed the 600 total-point milestone this season, second player after Rahul Chaudhari to achieve the feat and finishes the season with a gigantic tally of 632 points. His influence on his team and on the game of kabaddi has been incredible with many touting him to be the future captain of the national team. When he is on a roll no one can stop the Narwal Express and as per the words of Patna coach Ram Mehar Singh, he can be stopped only when he wants to be stopped. The 20-year-old has years in front of him and the future looks even brighter for Indian kabaddi.