While it is tough to predict what can be expected in VIVO Pro Kabaddi, fans could see the following things happen in Season 7.
VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 7 promises to be a scintillating affair and will see 12 teams vie for the title. With the sides so evenly matched and stacked with top talents like Patna Pirates’ ‘Record-Breaker’ Pardeep Narwal, Tamil Thalaivas’ ‘Showman’ Rahul Chaudhari and U Mumba’s ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali, amongst others, it is difficult to predict who will take home the crown. However, here are a few things fans can expect from the upcoming campaign.
- An exciting race to the 1,000-point-mark
VIVO Pro Kabaddi’s leading point-scorers, Rahul Chaudhari and Pardeep Narwal currently sit on 876 and 865 points, respectively. While both will, undoubtedly, go past the 900-point mark, the prolific pair is also likely to surpass the 1000-point mark this season.
Both raiders have averaged well over 150 points in their last three campaigns and are expected to hit the four-digit landmark, making the race to be the first player to the mark an interesting one.
- New entrants to the coveted 300 tackle points club
Manjeet Chhillar became the first man in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history to score 300 tackle points, reaching that mark against Dabang Delhi K.C. last season. While Manjeet’s feat is currently unmatched, four other players could join him in the elite club this season.
Dabang Delhi K.C.’s Ravinder Pahal (263), U Mumba’s Sandeep Narwal (254) and Fazel Atrachali (235), and Tamil Thalaivas’ Mohit Chhillar (240) all stand a chance to join Manjeet in that coveted list.
- New generation challenging the stalwarts
While Pawan Kumar Sehrawat and Siddharth Desai made headlines in Season 6, a new crop of youngsters also left their mark on the campaign with some stellar individual performances. Players like Sachin Tanwar, Vikash Khandola and rookie Naveen Kumar performed exceedingly well and finished among the top 10 point-scorers last season.
With a host of new talents joining the league this season too, expect the next generation of players to push the established stalwarts in a bid to challenge for the big honours.
- Former players-turned-coaches to bring in a new flavour
With former players Anup Kumar and Rakesh Kumar taking over the reins at Puneri Paltan and Haryana Steelers, respectively, Season 7 promises a fresh perspective on coaching and tactical fronts. The two have played a total of 146 VIVO Pro Kabaddi matches between them and their experience in the format will help them bring something new to the table as coaches.
Manpreet Singh’s success at the helm of Gujarat Fortunegiants, having led the team to two finals, proves just how effective a former player can be as a coach and it will be intriguing to see what Anup and Rakesh have to offer this season.