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Pro Kabaddi League: From Mohammadreza Shadloui to Sumit – Top 5 defenders of PKL Season 8 

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Pro Kabaddi League: 64 days of intense action in the eighth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League has successfully come to an end with Dabang Delhi clinching their maiden title. Throughout the tournament, there was an intense action between the 12 teams where several players stepped up and created numerous records personally as well as for their teams. In Kabaddi, apart from raiders, defenders too play a very crucial role and this season saw several raiders doing exceptional job, helping their team immensely. Patna Pirates’ Mohammadreza Chiyaneh, Tamil Thalaivas’ Sagar, Bengaluru Bulls’ Sourabh Nandal have all stepped up in defence for their respective teams. InsideSport takes a look at the Top 5 raiders of the season. Follow PKL 2022 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

Pro Kabaddi League: From Mohammadreza Shadloui to Sumit – Top 5 defenders of PKL Season 8 

Pro Kabaddi PKL 8: From Mohammadreza Shadloui to Sumit - Top 5 defenders of PKL Season 8 
Mohamadreza Shadloui

Mohamadreza Shadloui – Patna Pirates [89 POINTS]

Iranian all-rounder has emerged as the star defender for the new-look Patna Pirates. Playing his first PKL season, Mohammadreza Shadloui had a terrific debut and has emerged as the leader of Patna Pirates’ defence. The tall youngster picked up 89 tackle points in 24 matches, which is the most by any defender in this season. His solid performance in defence has been very crucial for the Patna Pirates. Though he didn’t have a good final, he is having a great future ahead.

Sagar

Sagar – Tamil Thalaivas [82 POINTS]

Sagar, who just played his second season of the PKL had an excellent year with the Tamil Thalaivas. Under the guidance of the experienced Surjeet Singh who led the team, Sagar emerged as the team’s best defender. He has scored 82 tackle points and also has has the most second most number of High 5s in the season (8). He was retained ahead of the auction this year and he has proved why the team backed him by displaying his excellent tackling skills this season.

Saurabh Nandal – Bengaluru Bulls [69 POINTS]

For Bengaluru Bulls, if Pawan Sehrawat did the job in the raiding department, then Saurabh Nandal was the man who did the job in the defence. He has done a brilliant job so far for the southern franchise by picking up 69 tackle points. He also picked up 6 super tackles to his name.

Jaideep – Haryana Steelers [66 POINTS]

Haryana Steelers’ defender Jaideep enjoyed a terrific debut in the Pro Kabaddi League. He finished the season as Haryana Steelers’ highest scorer in terms of tackle points, having scored 66 points. Despite the presence of the experienced Surender Nada in their ranks, Jaideep has emerged as the team’s best defender The team struggled initially in the season but Jaideep’s contribution in the defence has been immense and the team was in contention for a spot in the playoffs until the last day, only to lose to Patna Pirates in the end to get knocked out.

Sumit – UP Yoddha [62 POINTS]

Sumit, who played his second season in the Pro Kabaddi League, did a terrific job in defence for UP Yoddha. Along with their skipper Nitesh Kumar, Sumit played a crucial role in making UP one of the strongest teams in defence in the league. He has picked up 62 tackle points in the season, emerging as the team’s best defender.

Pro Kabaddi League: From Mohammadreza Shadloui to Sumit – Top 5 defenders of PKL Season 8 

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