Vivo Pro Kabaddi League season 6 player auctions finally concluded with Ashish Chhokar being the last player to be sold on the Day 2 (today). The two days saw intense moments among the franchisees aggressively bidding to build up their squads for the upcoming season.
Over 200 players went under the hammer to make a name for themselves in the kabaddi’s professional arena. Some of them ended up with record-shattering deals unprecedented in the traditional and indigenous Indian Sport.
The myth that the cricketers are the only highest paid among the professional sports league in India has dissolved into oblivion.
VIVO Pro Kabaddi, India’s biggest non-cricket sports league, concluded the Season 6 Player Auctions on a historic note. Monu Goyat shattered all records in the Kabaddi ecosystem netting a spectacular ₹1.51 crores from Haryana Steelers, becoming the highest paid non-cricket sportsman in Kabaddi history. Among the foreign players, it was Fazel Atrachali who had the highest pay day after getting acquired by U Mumba for a whopping ₹1 crores.
Other Star Marquee Players like Rahul Chaudhari who was retained by Telugu Titans via FBM for ₹1.29 crores, Deepak Niwas Hooda who was bought by Jaipur Pink Panthers for ₹1.15 crores and Nitin Tomar who was bought by Puneri Paltans for ₹1.15 crores were critical acquisitions in the auction. In the end, a total of INR 45.93 crore was spent on 422 players, a huge jump from the season 5 auctions.
While Day 1 was dominated by Category-A stars, Day 2 saw the franchises strategically planning to construct the perfect balance between experienced and young players, to craft winning teams. On Day 2 of the auction, Indian players from Category B, C and D, went under the hammer. Prashant Kumar Rai secured the highest bid on Day 2 acquired by Team U.P Yoddhas, for an amount of ₹79 Lakhs.
Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, VIVO Pro Kabaddi said, “With the addition of a score of talented individuals, Season VI of VIVO Pro Kabaddi has now begun! Franchises prepared strategic plans, and were seen bidding fiercely over the course of the 2 days. Every squad now has an excellent amalgamation of domestic, overseas and some talented young players. I want to congratulate Monu Goyat for being the highest bid player in the auctions, and also wish every drafted player the best for the anticipated sixth season of the league.”
Top 5 Indian Players
- Monu Goyat – Haryana Steelers – ₹1.51 crores
- Rahul Chaudhari – Telugu Titans – ₹1.29 crores
- Deepak Niwas Hooda – Jaipur Pink Panthers – ₹1.15 crores
- Nitin Tomar – Puneri Paltan – ₹1.15 crores
- Rishank Devadiga – UP Yoddha – ₹1.11 crores
Top 5 International Players
- Fazel Atrachali (Iran) – U Mumba – ₹1 crores
- Abozar Mohajermighani (Iran) – Telugu Titans – ₹76 lakhs
- Ziaur Rahman (Bangladesh) – Bengal Warriors – ₹33.25 lakhs
- Jang Kun Lee (Republic of Korea) – Bengal Warriors – ₹33 lakhs
- Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan (Iran) – Telugu Titans – ₹21.50 lakhs
Top 5 Category B Players
- Prashant Kumar Rai – UP Yoddha – ₹79 lakhs
- Chandran Ranjit – Dabang Delhi – ₹61.25 lakhs
- Vikash Khandola – Haryana Steelers – ₹47 lakhs
- Dharmaraj Cheralathan – U Mumba – ₹46 lakhs
- Vishal Mane – Dabang Delhi – ₹45 lakhs