Senior National Kabaddi Championships 2017: Top 5 players from the competition
The sport of kabaddi witnessed the close of another successful chapter in its book with the culmination of the 65th Senior National Kabaddi Championships that saw Maharashtra emerge as the well-deserved champions to kick-start a fabulous year.
Right through the tournament, the coalescence of youth and experience lit up the mat as the Pro Kabaddi League stars rubbed off their confidence on their team's upcoming talents as each match gave rise to some exciting moments.
Here are five such performers, who made a huge difference to their team's campaign and performed extremely well, especially after the round-robin stages.
#5 Rituraj Koravi [Maharashtra]
In the presence of some superstars such as Girish Ernak, Sachin Shingade and others in the Maharashtra defence, the youngster took up the responsibility of bringing down the defenders on his young shoulders and impressed thoroughly with his fearlessness on the mat.
After a good show right through the round-robin stages that aided Maharashtra's entry in the quarterfinals against Uttarakhand, Rituraj asserted his dominance against the Pardeep Narwal-led side on the day that also happened to be his birthday.
Understanding the game and playing to his full potential, the defender produced some fine super tackles in crucial stages of the game to seal a spot for his team in the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals and the finals, Rituraj started and although he did not overperform his other seniors in the team, his support in the defence unit did not go unnoticed as Maharashtra went on to clinch the title in the end.