Pawan Sehrawat became the most expensive player in the history of Pro Kabaddi after being bought by Tamil Thalaivas for ₹2.26 Crores

When Rakesh Kumar was bought by Patna Pirates for the inaugural season of Pro Kabaddi in 2014, he went with the highest price tag among the lot - fetching a sum of ₹12.80 lakh.

After all, Rakesh Kumar was once the vice-captain of the Indian national kabaddi team and an Arjuna Award winner.

Fast forward four years, and the ₹12.80 pales in comparison to what Pro Kabaddi stars started earning with the league. By Season 4, the maximum price had shot up to ₹53 lakhs (Mohit Chhillar to Bengaluru Bulls) and nearly doubled to ₹93 lakhs by Season 5 (Nitin Tomar to U.P. Yoddhas).

Iran’s Fazel Atrachali was the first PKL player to fetch a price of ₹1 crore when the Iranian defender was bought by U Mumba for Season 6. Pardeep Narwal held the record of being Pro Kabaddi’s highest-paid player when he was bought for ₹1.65 crore by U.P. Yoddhas for Season 8. However, in the Player Auction for Season 9, Pawan Sehrawat broke that record for ₹2.26 crore when Tamil Thalaivas relentlessly bid for him.

In all, four PKL players have hit the one crore mark for Season 9. Six players hit the mark in Season 6 while only two managed it in seasons 7 and 8 each.

Monu Goyat fetched the highest price in Season 6 with a bid of ₹1.51 crore by Haryana Steelers. Siddharth Desai was the most expensive player in the PKL Season 7 auction. He was picked up for a handsome ₹1.45 crore by Telugu Titans and stayed on in Season 8 via the Final Bid Match card.

Pro Kabaddi’s expensive players: All-time list

Players Price (in ₹) Team Season
Pawan Sehrawat 2.26 crore Tamil Thalaivas Season 9
Vikash Kandola 1.70 crore Bengaluru Bulls Season 9
Pardeep Narwal 1.65 crore U.P. Yoddhas Season 8
Monu Goyat 1.51 crore Haryana Steelers Season 6
Siddharth Desai 1.45 crore Telugu Titans Season 7
Fazel Atrachali 1.38 crore Puneri Paltan Season 9
Siddharth Desai 1.30 crore Telugu Titans Season 8
Rahul Chaudhari 1.29 crore Telugu Titans Season 6
Guman Singh 1.215 crore U Mumba Season 9
Nitin Tomar 1.20 crore Puneri Paltan Season 7
Deepak Hooda 1.15 crore Jaipur Pink Panthers Season 6
Nitin Tomar 1.15 crore Puneri Paltan Season 6
Rishank Devadiga 1.11 crore U.P. Yoddhas Season 6
Fazel Atrachali 1 crore U Mumba Season 6