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.
|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|