In every Pro Kabaddi season we witness heroics from new talents who take the stage by storm. These young guns go on to become the leader of the pack for their respective sides with stellar performances over the course of the campaign. Their consistency on the mat helps them make a name for themselves on the big stage and become a renowned star from an unknown commodity at the start of the season.
PKL franchises look to get some of the best new players from different local tournaments held across the country and few of these talents emerge as shining stars on the mat. As we get closer to the milestone Season 10 of Pro Kabaddi, we take a look at some of the finest New Young Players (NYPs) who stamped their authority on the mat in previous PKL campaigns.
Narender joined kabaddi’s biggest arena, Pro Kabaddi as a greenhorn in Season 9 but he showed great intent and maturity as a raider in his debut campaign. He fulfilled the role of a reliable main raider for Tamil Thalaivas in the absence of the team’s star raider, Pawan Sehrawat and played a massive role in taking the side to their first-ever PKL playoffs. Narender also made it into the record books by scoring the most raid points (243) in a debut season. He finished fourth in last season’s raid points chart and will have high expectations for the new campaign.
Parteek Dahiya was perhaps the most impressive player in the Gujarat Giants setup in Season 9. The talented all-rounder scored 183 points in his maiden Pro Kabaddi campaign. He looked in total control whenever he stepped on the mat and showed resilience with his ability to contribute as a defender and raider. He stepped up to the challenge and scored at an average of 9.37 raids points per match with as many as 178 raid points in total. Dahiya also managed five tackle points and is a player to keep an eye on in the upcoming season.
Manjeet had a fruitful season in the ninth edition of Pro Kabaddi. He showed great promise for Dabang Delhi K.C.and amassed 62 raid points, making some vital contributions for his team along the way. Manjeet was also seen contributing in defence with seven tackle points. He also had a Super 10, three Super Raids and a Super Tackle to his name in Season 9. The upcoming season will offer Manjeet another opportunity to showcase his talent as he looks to take his game to the next level.
Aman has been rock solid in defence for Bengaluru Bulls ever since his debut campaign in Season 8 when he scored 53 tackle points. He has been one of the Bulls’ most reliable tacklers and worked well in tandem with Saurabh Nandal during the ninth edition of PKL as well. Aman was not just the second best defender for his team with 60 tackle points in Season 9 but also the fifth best in the overall leaderboard for tackle points. He also managed three Super Tackles and three High 5s last season, and will have a big role to play for the Bulls in the new campaign.
Ankush was seen putting on a similar show in defence like the way Narender did in attack for Tamil Thalaivas. The hard tackler was on top of the Season 9 charts for scoring the most tackle points (89). He secured the most High 5s (9) in Season 9 and was adjudged the best defender of the campaign for his splendid performances. One of the most lethal weapons in defence for Jaipur Pink Panthers, he will be looking to have another strong campaign in Season 10.