The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) has helped in changing the lives of many individuals. Before the league’s inception, hardly anyone knew about the Kabaddi stars of our country. But now thanks to this league, not only the Indian kabaddi players but also the overseas players have become household names in our country.
Mashal Sports, in collaboration with Star Sports India, initiated PKL as an IPL-style Kabaddi tournament, wherein eight city-based franchises battled in a two-month long tournament. Patna (Patna Pirates), Hyderabad (Telugu Titans), Mumbai (U Mumba), Pune (Puneri Paltan), Delhi (Dabang Delhi), Kolkata (Bengal Warriors), Bengaluru (Bengaluru Bulls), and Jaipur (Jaipur Pink Panthers) were the first eight cities to have their own PKL teams.
However, due to the league’s success, it expanded to a 12-team tournament after introducing teams from Ahmedabad (Gujarat Fortune Giants), Chennai (Tamil Thalaivas), Sonipat (Haryana Steelers) and Lucknow (UP Yoddha).
There were many surprising and unimaginable moments from VIVO PKL Season 5. So let's have a quick flashback and relive the best moments of PKL 2017.
#1 Pardeep Narwal's 8-pointer raid
It would be a sin to start without this at the top. Pardeep Narwal’s epic raid against Haryana Steelers could qualify as one of the greatest raids in PKL history, as the dubki king Pardeep Narwal inflicted an all-out on the 6-man defence against the 3rd best defensive team of PKL 2017.
Pardeep Narwal wiped out the entire defence of Haryana Steelers by his single raid. The Raid machine began by bending low, then he got a touch on two defenders, escaped a hip hold and an ankle hold before crossing the mid-line. He could touch all six defenders and was rewarded with 8 points (2 additional for all out) in his mighty raid.
#2 Nilesh Shinde catches Sandeep Narwal napping
Puneri Paltan was battling Dabang Delhi in a league stage encounter. The key player of Puneri Paltan, Sandeep Narwal entered Dabang Delhi’s playing area for the raid and was looking towards his side to complete an empty raid as he was standing near mid-line and waiting for the final countdown. The right corner of Delhi Nilesh Shinde blind sighted Sandeep Narwal and thrashed him single-handedly from the mat.
Fans were shocked when Nilesh Shinde outplayed Sandeep Narwal by his witty skills. He caught Sandeep Narwal napping and standing outside the play area to stroll behind him and removed him from the mat. It was one of the funniest moments fans saw in the history of the PKL. Shinde is not a part of the VIVO PKL season 6 while the Beast Sandeep Narwal has continued playing for the Puneri Paltan.
#3 Ravinder Pahal showed red card by referee
Senior defender of Bengaluru Bulls, Ravinder Pahal was given a red card against Bengal Warriors on August 27 for his inappropriate behaviour with the referee.
After an immense struggle in a super tackle situation against raider Jang Kun Lee, he lost his temper and slammed the referee who ruled the decision in favour of the raider. Ravinder Pahal got suspended for one match for his abusive words and wrong behaviour.
He received a suspension for the next match on August 29, but that game got postponed as teams could not reach the venue from their hotel due to heavy rain and a traffic jam in Mumbai. As result got postponed, suspension got prolonged till next match.
#4 Patna Pirates' Hat-trick of title wins
Patna Pirates were crowned the champions for the 3rd consecutive time last year after they slammed Gujarat Fortune Giants in the final encounter.
The two best teams of the season met in final in what was a heart-stopping match. But Pardeep Narwal‘s heroics helped the Pirates dominate both the halves as his franchise lifted the PKL cup for the 3rd time in 3 seasons. Sachin Tanwar scored highest (11 points) for Gujarat.
Which moment of the 2017 season was your favourite? Share your answers in the comments box below.