Pro Kabaddi League: Top raiders in PKL season 9
The ninth edition of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League, scheduled from October 7 to December 17, 2022, produced stars with immense potential and brought young players to the spotlight
After Jaipur Pink Panthers' second PKL title this year, we'd like to take a detour and discuss the best raiders of this season.
1. Arjun Deshwal (Jaipur Pink Panthers)
Matches played: 24
Raid points: 296
Arjun Deshwal made his first PKL appearance in season six as a part of U Mumba and joined Jaipur Pink Panthers last season. The 23-year-old has proved to be an invaluable member ever since, having finished season nine with the highest raid points (296).
He has a successful raid percentage and a guaranteed chart-topper.
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2. Bharat Naresh (Bengaluru Bulls)
Matches played: 23
Raid points: 279
Bharat, known for his running hand touch move, competed in his second league season. He became the second player this season to complete the 250-point mark.
He is an aggressive raider who attacks the mat from the left and right sides. He became a prominent raider after leaving a lasting impact in the K7 Kabaddi League. He concluded PKL season nine with 279 points.
3. Naveen Kumar Goyat
Matches played: 23
Raid points: 254
Season nine marked Naveen's fourth straight season with Dabang Delhi K.C., the champions in season eight. Over the years, he served as a pillar of support for his team and is currently the most dependable raider.
His fast-paced raiding and consistency have earned him the nickname "Naveen Express." No other player in PKL history completed 600 points as fast as he did. He was a key player in his team's trophy-winning run last season and received the title "Most Valuable Player."