Top 5 all-rounders from Pro Kabaddi League Season 5
Season five of the Pro Kabaddi League came to an explosive end as Patna Pirates overwhelmed Gujarat Fortunegiants in the final 55-38 to clinch their third title in a row.
Star raider Pardeep Narwal was at his best, as he had been during the knockout stages, dodging and overpowering defenders with his deft skill and strength, as he scored 19 of his 369 points in the final.
The win was also sweet revenge for Patna, as they had lost both their previous encounters this season to Gujarat.
The fifth installment of the Pro Kabaddi League saw several stellar performances from raiders and defenders, but it also brought to our attention the efforts of players who excelled on both sides of the mat.
Though their contributions might not have been as crucial in each team, there were some excellent all-rounders on display in season five and here is a look at them ranked based on their overall performance and impact:
#5 Meraj Sheykh (Dabang Delhi)
The Iranian all-rounder had a tough season captaining Dabang Delhi as he was unable to inspire his team to great performances. Delhi ended the season as the bottom-ranked team overall, with only five wins from 22 matches.
Meraj Sheykh personally had a decent season, tallying a total of 104 points in 20 matches, including 96 raid points. His contribution on the raiding front helped the Eagles achieve respectability in some of their matches.
In defence, he helped organise his outfit's young defenders more than himself take the lead in initiating tackles and dashes.
Although some individual defenders did show some signs of promise, the team could not capitalise on Sheykh's showings enough to try and qualify for the Super Playoffs.