Abolfazl Maghsoudlou Mahalli is an Iranian professional kabaddi player who plays for U Mumba in the Pro Kabaddi League and the Iran national kabaddi team. He was born on 7th August 1992 and plays as a raider for his team.
Standing at well over six feet, Abolfazl effectively uses his height to procure easy raid points. The lanky raider is also deceptively quickly and can immediately extend his long limbs to reach the midline when being tackled to the ground.
While playing for the Dabang Delhi, he formed an integral partnership with the fellow compatriot Meraj Sheykh, who was also the captain of both the Pro Kabaddi League franchise and the Iran national team. Despite being so tall, he is not at all awkward with his movements and his a variety of skills to boast of, including the running hand touch where he uses his hands to catch the defender by surprise before making a dash for safety.
Rise to Glory
He rose to glory in the fourth season of the Pro Kabaddi League when he played for the Patna Pirates who eventually won the title that season.
Abolfazl didn’t play in either the inaugural season or the second season of the Pro Kabaddi League. He made his debut in the Pro Kabaddi League in the third season, as he featured for the U Mumba. He played for the title-winners Patna Pirates in the fourth season, however switched sides the very next season signing for the Dabang Delhi, where he was united his national team captain Meraj Sheykh. Personally he had a great season as he amassed 91 points from 19 games, however he along with Sheykh were the only bright sparks of a dismal Delhi campaign. The franchise finished with only five wins from 22 games.
He was part of the Iran squad that handed India a shock defeat in the 2018 Asian Games and went on to become the eventual gold medal winners. Abolfazl has also won silver medals at the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon ,Kabaddi World Cup in 2016 and the Dubai Kabaddi Masters in 2018.