Top 5 defensive performances in Pro Kabaddi League history
Pro Kabaddi League has seen three different winners in the first three seasons of the tournament. Currently in its fourth season, the league has seen some tremendous displays in the defensive department of the game by players who worked very hard to ensure the opposition’s raiders weren’t successful in their mission to score points, and have stopped them dead in their tracks by using a plethora of defensive moves.
Just like Castrol Activ’s Actibonds help protect the engine and allow it to perform better continously, these defensive performances helped their teams perform better with their dedicated and impeccable defense during these matches.
Quite often, a lot of teams have won matches due to the amazing performances of their defenders. Let us now take a look at the top 5 defensive performances in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League:
Surender Nada (U Mumba, season 1)
Surender Nada, the captain of Bengaluru Bulls in Season 4, was a relatively unknown name in the inaugural season of the PKL. He was a young defender playing for the Anup Kumar-led U Mumba side, and turned out to be one of the star performers for them that season.
His great show on the court made him a household name, and now he is considered to be one of the poster boys of the tournament.
He was the most solid defender for U Mumba in Season 1, and finished second in the list of top defenders that season, with a total of 48 points. He was ably supported by Mohit Chhillar and Vishal Mane as Mumbai had one of the most formidable defences that season.
He had a major influence on the match that Mumbai played against Bengaluru Bulls in the second semi-final of the tournament. Nada changed the outcome of the game with a splendid display of his defensive abilities, and turned the tide in favour of U Mumba as he used his ankle holds and thigh holds to stop the raiders of Bengaluru from scoring points.
They eventually won the match 27-23, with Surender scoring 10 tackle points to help his team book a berth in the final.