In any sport, the management looks to retain their best players from the previous campaign for the upcoming season and the same thing applies for Pro Kabaddi. In PKL, the teams aim to get the balance right with their permutation and team combinations. Franchises tend to focus on retaining as many players as possible on the basis of their performances in the previous season.
Some of the retained players continue from where they left off in the previous season and live up to their billing. These stars are usually the backbone of their sides and the team’s success rate also depends highly on how these stalwarts fare on the mat. For Pro Kabaddi Season 10 teams have retained the services of some of their quality players.
Here are a few Elite Retained Players (ERPs) to watch out for in PKL Season 10.
Arjun Deshwal was the standout raider for last season’s champions, Jaipur Pink Panthers. The MVP of the previous edition had a season to remember as he secured 296 raid points - the most by any player. He took the pressure off the other raiders in the team and led the attack from the front. He showed complete dominance in attack throughout the campaign and the prolific raider didn’t just lead the raid points scorers charts for Season 9 but he also registered the most Super 10s (17) last year. His consistency can prove to be vital for his team in the upcoming season.
The Dubki King Pardeep Narwal was formidable in the attack for U.P. Yoddhas in the last edition of PKL. He finished the season with 220 raid points and was a key man for the Yoddhas in attack. Pardeep Narwal averaged 10 raid points per match last season and took the onus in attack on himself in difficult situations. He is known for his power packed performances while raiding and is expected to put on a show in the upcoming season.
Sachin was an unstoppable force for the Pirates in Season 9. He was the best raider for Patna Pirates and amassed 176 raid points. The talismanic raider has the ability to perform in tough situations and notched up 67 do-or-die raid points - the most by any raider last season. He was the go-to man for his team whenever they needed to revive a player. A graceful player on the mat when on top of his game, he can prove to be vital for the Pirates once again in PKL Season 10.
The Season 9 PKL-winning captain Sunil Kumar has an abundance of experience of playing in Pro Kabaddi. He was rock solid in defence for Jaipur Pink Panthers last year and was the best cover defender in the season with 64 tackle points. He led the team by example and gave youngsters the opportunity as well as confidence to express themselves on the mat. Sunil is also regarded as one the best captains in Pro Kabaddi history and will once again have a key role to play in Jaipur Pink Panthers’ title defence in Season 10.
Rinku was the most impressive defender for U Mumba in the previous season. He secured 59 tackle points in the campaign and kept opposition raiders quiet to a great extent. Rinku also led the defence in the absence of Surinder Singh and did a good job as a captain. With seven Super Tackles last campaign, he featured in the top 5 defenders’ list for most Super Tackle points scored in Pro Kabaddi Season 9. He’s once again likely to play a major role in defence for the Mumboys in the upcoming season.