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Top 5 signature moves of PKL defenders

Gaurav Kadam
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 03 Jul 2020, 23:53 IST
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#3 Double Thigh Hold

Ravinder Pahal (tackler here) has been nicknamed
Ravinder Pahal (tackler here) has been nicknamed "The Hawk" for his prowess for this tackle

Double thigh hold is a variation of the thigh hold tackle where the defender drops down and attackls both the legs of the raider trapping him on the spot. This tackle is a high risk move and needs right timing along with a sturdy grip to hold the raider and not allow him a chance to escape.

When executed to perfection, this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing tackle moves as it takes the legs away from the raiders and roots him to the spot of the tackle nullifying his chances.

Ravinder Pahal is perhaps the most famous proponent of this tackle in PKL history earning the moniker of 'The Hawk' for his ability to trap raiders. Some other defenders who have had success with this move are Nitesh Kumar (UP Yoddha), Amit Hooda (Jaipur Pink Panthers) and Parvesh Bhainswal (Gujarat Fortunegiants)


#4 Dash

Dash tackle is a high-motion tackle that displaces a raider from his path back
Dash tackle is a high-motion tackle that displaces a raider from his path back

The Dash tackle is a high performance tackle wherein the cover or corner defender rushes in with full speed to take the raider out of the mat from the side lobby. It is a tackle that requires that is usually a follow-up after the raider has made his touch or bonus attempt at any of the corners.

The opposite corner or the cover defender charges in on the raider after the raider has made his attempt at scoring a point. This tackle requires a great amount of coordination between the defenders to be executed with the right timing otherwise the raider can anticipate the move and escape with a dodge.

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Surjeet Singh (Puneri Paltan), Manjeet Chhillar (Tamil Thalaivas), Girish Ernak (Puneri Paltan), Surinder Singh (U Mumba) and Rohit Rana are some players who have had considerable success with this move.


#5 Back Hold

Back Hold is a tackle that is mostly executed by the corner defenders in Kabaddi
Back Hold is a tackle that is mostly executed by the corner defenders in Kabaddi

The last tackling move in this list is a one that involves the brute strenght aspect of the Kabaddi defender again - the Back Hold. Back hold, as the name indicates is the tackling manouever when the defender wraps his arms around the raider's waist and tries to hold him down to get the tackle point.

It is generally executed by the either of the corner defenders who pounce on the raider as he turns away after making his attempt at a raid point. As soon as the corner has the raider locked, the fellow defenders provide the necessary support to lock the tackle point for the team.

Fazel Atrachali (U Mumba), Joginder Narwal (Dabang Delhi KC) and Baldev Singh (Bengal Warriors) are some of the best executors of this lethal tackling move.

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Published 03 Jul 2020, 23:53 IST
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