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PKL Auction 2021: Rating the 12 squads 

Which franchise has the strongest squad after PKL Auction 2021
Which franchise has the strongest squad after PKL Auction 2021
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PKL Auction 2021 saw many big developments in the space of three days. The biggest of them all was former Patna Pirates captain Pardeep Narwal becoming the most expensive signing in Pro Kabaddi League history. UP Yoddha secured his services for a whopping ₹1.65 crore.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tanwar and Rohit Gulia, two youngsters who started their careers at Gujarat Giants and achieved a lot of success, earned massive deals from the Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers respectively.

However, seasoned pros like Deepak Niwas Hooda, Rahul Chaudhari, Rohit Kumar, Manjeet Chhillar and Rishank Devadiga did not receive expected amounts at PKL Auction 2021.

Rating all 12 Pro Kabaddi League teams after PKL Auction 2021

Now that PKL Auction 2021 is in the history books, in this article today, we will rate the squads formed by all 12 franchises for the upcoming edition of the Pro Kabaddi League.


1. Bengal Warriors - 8/10

Bengal Warriors at PKL Auction 2021
Bengal Warriors at PKL Auction 2021

Defending champions of the Pro Kabaddi League Bengal Warriors had retained their star players Maninder Singh, Mohammad Nabibakhsh and Rinku Narwal ahead of PKL Auction 2021. Their first signing was Iranian defender Abozar Mighani.

The Kolkata-based franchise have great depth in the raiding unit, with the likes of Sukesh Hegde and Rishank Devadiga set to join Maninder and Nabibakhsh. Their corner defenders are also reliable. Bengal have the squad to win the trophy again.


2. Bengaluru Bulls - 8/10

Bengaluru Bulls at PKL Auction 2021
Bengaluru Bulls at PKL Auction 2021

The Bengaluru Bulls retained Pawan Sehrawat before PKL Auction 2021. They let go of Rohit Kumar and added the trio of GB More, Deepak Narwal and Chandran Ranjit to their raid attack. Their overseas raiders Abolfazl Maghsoudlou and Dong Geon Lee also have the experience of playing in PKL.

In the defensive unit, Bengaluru retained the duo of Amit Sheoran and Saurabh Nandal. They bought Mahendra Singh back using the FBM card. Overall, the Bulls look very strong on paper.


3. Dabang Delhi KC - 7/10

Dabang Delhi KC at PKL Auction 2021
Dabang Delhi KC at PKL Auction 2021

Dabang Delhi KC signed some big names like Ajay Thakur, Manjeet Chhillar, Jeeva Kumar, Joginder Narwal and Sandeep Kumar at PKL Auction 2021. They have a ton of experience, but it will be interesting to see how they perform for the Delhi-based franchise.

Last season, Ajay and Manjeet did not achieve much success at Tamil Thalaivas. If the experienced players bring their 'A' game to the table and Naveen Kumar continues his fine form, no team can stop Delhi from winning the PKL.


4. Gujarat Giants - 6/10

Gujarat Giants at PKL Auction 2021
Gujarat Giants at PKL Auction 2021

Gujarat Giants have one of the best defensive units after PKL Auction 2021. Sunil Kumar, Girish Maruti Ernak, Ravinder Pahal and Parvesh Bhainswal are among the best in the business.

However, their raid attack is inexperienced. Mahendra Rajput, Rathan K, Sonu and Ajay Kumar are promising names but they have not led raiding units in PKL before. It goes without saying that Gujarat's main strength this year is their defense.


5. Haryana Steelers - 7/10

The Haryana Steelers retained their top raiders from last season, Vikash Khandola and Vinay, ahead of PKL Auction 2021. Experienced all-rounder Rajesh Narwal has joined the squad along with former Gujarat Giants captain Rohit Gulia and Brijendra Singh Chaudhary.

The return of Surender Nada and Ravi Kumar have boosted Haryana's defense. However, it remains to be seen if the new signings will be able to perform consistently for the team.


6. Jaipur Pink Panthers - 8/10

Jaipur Pink Panthers retained experienced players Amit Hooda and Nitin Rawal ahead of PKL Auction 2021. They bought their star performers Deepak Niwas Hooda and Sandeep Dhull back using the FBM card.

To add experience to the squad, Jaipur signed veteran defender Dhramaraj Cheralathan. Also, the Pink Panthers spent ₹96 lakh to sign Arjun Deshwal. The Rajasthan-based franchise have thus formed a top-class squad at PKL Auction 2021.

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Edited by S Chowdhury
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