As VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5 approaches the 50-match mark, the action on the digital space has also reached a new high. After the Ahmedabad leg, new teams and new players have arrived to set social media abuzz. With over 1.2 million fans on Facebook, 1.6 lakh fans on Twitter and almost 45,000 fans on Instagram, here’s a look at the team and players who have got the highest mentions on social media in Week 3.

Top Teams

Tamil Thalaivas’ maiden VIVO Pro Kabaddi campaign is off to a disappointing start as they presently languish at the bottom of Zone B points table but this has not affected their popularity as they have risen from the third spot in Week 2 to occupy the pole position. Gujarat Fortunegiants, on the other hand, have had a dream start to their maiden campaign with an undefeated home leg in Ahmedabad with five wins and one tie. This has guaranteed them a second place in Week 3’s fan engagement rankings.

Patna Pirates, double defending champions, continue to be one of the hot-properties on social media as they have jumped a rung from fourth to third. They are followed by Bengaluru Bulls, who have come down from the highest position to fourth, and Nitin Tomar’s U.P. Yoddha at fifth.

Top Players

After Week 3, Patna Pirates captain and ‘Dubki King’ Pardeep Narwal has snatched the pole position from Bengaluru Bulls captain Rohit Kumar, who held it after Week 2. The ‘Most Valuable Player’ of Season 4 has been a complete beast on the mat this season as well. He has also created a new VIVO Pro Kabaddi record by picking up 19 points in a single match, the maximum by any player. Rohit is now second in the popularity list.

Tamil Thalaivas captain Ajay Thakur, meanwhile, has risen to third and it’s no surprise considering his recent form. The fourth position has a surprise entrant in the form of Patna Pirates’ Monu Goyat, who has been his team’s second best raider after the effervescent Pardeep Narwal. U Mumba ‘Captain Cool’ Anup Kumar now sits at fifth, having fallen from third after Week 2.

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