10 famous players with photos 2021

Until the last few years, Indians were familiar with only two major sports – cricket or badminton. Fortunately, ancient Indian games like Kabaddi are witnessing a big comeback due to mass publicity by the media and celebrities. Although Kabaddi hails from India, he has remained exclusive to villages and small towns because of his physical contact and rudeness of the game. Through events like the Pro Kabaddi League, many Kabaddi players get the opportunity to show their talent to the world and encourage others to pursue Kabaddi as a professional sport.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best Kabaddi players in India who have revolutionized the way Indians view Kabaddi. From a rough country game to a professional level, Kabaddi has come a long way thanks to the immense talent of these athletes.

List of the 10 best Kabaddi players in India, 2021:

Here are the best and most famous Kabaddi players in India with photos and details:

1. Pardeep Narwal:

Pardeep Narwal is one of the most recognized names in the world of Kabaddi. The Haryana-born player has been part of the Indian national Kabaddi team since 2016, winning 3 of 4 gold medals in international tournaments. Pardeep made his debut in VIVO Pro Kabaddi with the Bengaluru Bulls and immediately attracted all the attention with this brilliant game. ‘Deep King’ holds the record as the player with the highest bid of 1.65 Crore INR at the 2021 Pro Kabaddi auction.

Pardeep Narwal has played a total of 107 games in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League over 7 seasons with a record score of 1160 points. He also led his ‘Patna Pirates’ team to a hat-trick victory in the first three years of their work. Fans and critics believe that the third season was his best in terms of his result in attack and his invincible partnership with Rohit Kumar.

2. Deepak Niwas Hood:

Deepak Ram Niwas Hood is one of the best players ever in the history of Indian Kabaddi. Despite difficulties during childhood and early life, Deepak remained committed to his passion – Kabaddi. After professional training in sports, Deepak had the opportunity to represent the country at the 2016 South Asian Games. He is also the current captain of the Indian National Kabaddi Team. He won gold and gained immense popularity and since then he has not had a look back.

Deepak is an attack specialist and best known for his agility and tact. He played all seasons in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League and represented the Telugu Titans (1st and 2nd seasons), the Puneri Pultans (3rd and 4th seasons), and then the Jaipur Pink Panthers. He played 115 games in the Pro Kabaddi League and secured an impressive 862 points.

3. Manjeet Chillar:

Manjeet Chillar is the most famous Indian player in Kabaddi whose career is just astonishing. Interestingly, Manjeet was initially a wrestler, and an injury forced him to change his choice to Kabaddi. The first professional played in the 2010 Asian Games against China, where the team won a gold medal for the country. He won gold medals at the national kabaddi championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

After being part of the Indian national Kabaddi team, Manjeet proved his strength in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League. He has participated in all 7 seasons and received the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award in Season 2. In addition, Manjeet received the prestigious Arjuna Award for his contribution to the sport in 2015.

4. Rahul Chaudhari:

Rahul Chaudhari is one of the key players in the Indian national Kabaddi team who has gained immense popularity with his fast and consistent attacks. Rahul hails from a small village in Uttar Pradesh and started playing Kabaddi at the age of 13. Although he started as a defender in the first days of his career, Rahul has become a constant striker. He was part of the national team that won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games.

Rahul Chaudhari made his debut in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League with the Telugu Titans and was captain of the team in Season 5. He was also named ‘Best Striker’ in Season 4 for his best score in the run of 146 points and 11 points in combat. In season 7, Tamil Thalaivas bought Rahula for 94 Lakha at auction.

5. Pawan Sherawat:

Pawan Sherawat is another top Kabaddi player in India who represented the country at the 2019 South Asian Games in Kathmandu. Although Pawan was part of the Indian national Kabaddi team, the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League put him in the spotlight. Pawan was featured in season 3 for the Bengaluru Bulls where he scored the leading raid score of 45 in the team. He had a great comeback in Season 6 after two disappointing seasons 4 and 5.

Pawan finished the season with 13 Super 10s and proved crucial in leading the Bengaluru Bulls to their first win. He was crowned ‘Most Valuable Player’ this season for his stellar performance. In Season 7, he set a record with 39 points to attack, the highest of any driver in league history.

6. Ajay Thakur:

Ajay Thakur is best known as a player with one of the most famous careers in Indian Kabaddi. The Himachal-born player is often called ‘India’s best striker’ and has represented the country at the International Kabbaddi Championships. He served as a former captain of the national Kabaddi team and set a record for winning 6 gold medals during his tenure. Ajay later participated in all 7 seasons of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League and is currently signed up for Tamil Thalaivis.

Ajay was the top scorer at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup with a score of 68 points. With his incredible performance, he also won the title of ‘Tournament Man’. The winner of the Padma Shri and Arjuna award is also one of the tallest Kabaddi players in India and his height of 6 feet and 1 inch offers maximum advantage for reaching the midfield during attack.

7. Maninder Singh:

Maninder Singh is one of the best players of Indian Kabaddi who is part of the national team. He is also one of the most popular players in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League and has played in seasons 1, 5, 6 and 7. Maninder was part of the Jaipur Pink Panthers until 2014 and later signed up for the Bengal Warriors for which he is currently the captain. In Season 1, Maninder was ranked third top striker with an impressive 130 points.

Although the injury kept him away from Seasons 3 and 4, Season 5 proved to be a game change for this striker. He scored 190 points and was identified as the deadliest striker. In seasons 6 and 7, his chart was at its peak of all time with more than 200 consecutive attacking points.

8. Surendar Nada:

Surendar Nada is a professional Indian Kabaddi player who represented India at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. During his career as a player of the national Kabaddi team, Surender has won 3 golds and even a World Cup title. He made his debut in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League in Season 1 by signing for U Mumba. Surendar is a left-back who shares a perfect partnership with Manjeet Chillar, a right-back.

Season 5 proved to be quite special for Surender for many reasons. First, Haryana Steelers offered him the captaincy. He also appeared among the most successful defenders in the history of the league with a maximum of 80 points in a match of 21 games and consecutive high fives.

9. Rohit Kumar:

Rohit Kumar Chillar is one of the 10 best players of Indian Kabaddi. He represented the country at the 2016 and 2019 South Asian Games along with the 2018 Asian Games. Rohit entered the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League in Season 3 with Patna Pirates and led the team to victory with his incredible attacking abilities. He scored 102 points in attack in 12 matches and won the title of ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the season.

This performance for him immediately became recognizable and increased the value of his offer. Rohit bought the Bengaluru Bulls in the 4th and 5th seasons for 81 Lakhs. In Season 5, he proved to be one of the most successful players with a total score of 231 in 22 matches.

10. Parvesh Bhainswal:

Parvesh Bhainswal is a left-back who was part of the Indian junior team Asian Kabaddi Championship. He represented his school and college in several games after which he received recognition at the state level. Parvesh made his debut in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League in Season 4 with the Jaipur Pink Panthers. Although his first season did not live up to expectations, he returned great the next.

In the 5th season, Parvesh appeared as one of the best players with a hit rate of 54%. With his active presence on the left cover, he also brought his team Gujarat Fortune Giants to the finals.

With important tournaments such as the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League, many ambitious players can show their game to the world and prove their worth. In addition to these 10 best Kabaddi players of India, there are many other talents that are changing the fate of the sport for newcomers. So who is your favorite Kabaddi player?


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