While we have yet not reached the halfway mark of Season 5 of Pro Kabaddi League with just 56 of the 138 matches done and dusted, we have witnessed a lot of kabaddi in the last one month. At least enough to come out with a little report card of our own. In today's report card, we look at players in the league who were snapped up at the auctions for healthy sums of moolah but haven't yet given the performances that justify their price tag.
With more than a fair amount of Kabaddi still to be played in the coming weeks, these names can still bounce back and prove their inclusion in the list wrong. For now though, here are five names from Season 5 of Pro Kabaddi League that have not delivered the goods their franchises would have thought they would when they fought for them in the auctions and procured their services for a hefty paycheck.
(All the amounts in INR)
#1 Rajesh Narwal - Bought for 69 lakhs
By the end of the fourth season, Rajesh Narwal, then plying his trade with Jaipur Pink Panthers, had earned himself a mighty reputation as the league's one of the finest all rounders. That's why when the new franchise UP Yoddha splurged 69 lakhs to secure his services, it didn't seem a bad move at all, for Narwal's reputation promised that he would keep both the defence and raiding department safe.
However, midway through season 5, Narwal seems to have turned into a bit of headache for the Yoddha management with just 23 points from 10 games. With his experience, he can't be dropped but he hasn't done a lot to earn his place in the side match after match. His performances have been appalling and his tactical awareness, something he wielded as his primary weapon last season, seems to have completely deserted him. He has done alright with his limited raiding opportunities but has definitely failed in the defence where he has made 27 unsuccessful tackles to go with 12 successful ones.
Narwal also has suffered from what seems to be an issue with not being able to control emotions when needed. This has led to several errors in the defence as well as wanton wastage of reviews that has hurt the Yoddha unit on countless occasions.