Most raid points in a single PKL match: Know the all-time record-holders
The seven seasons of Pro Kabaddi have seen numerous incredible raiding performances. From Super Raids to Super 10s, the league has witnessed some breathtaking individual efforts by players to turn the tide of contests in favour of their respective teams.
There have been a few instances, in particular, when a raider has single-handedly managed to dominate the opposition and win the match for his team. Here, we have a look at some of those performances and players who have scored the highest raid points in a Pro Kabaddi match.
Highest raid points in one Pro Kabaddi match
Pawan Sehrawat - 39 points vs Haryana Steelers
In Season 7, Bengaluru Bulls’ Pawan Sehrawat scored 39 points against Haryana Steelers to break Pardeep Narwal’s record of most raid points (34) in a single Pro Kabaddi match.
Pawan scripted history in Pro Kabaddi by single-handedly scoring all of Bengaluru Bulls’ raid points during their 59-36 win over Haryana Steelers. The ‘Hi-Flyer’ as Pawan is fondly called required 38 raids to achieve the feat and was tackled only once in the entire match. He accumulated 34 touch points, five bonus points and had just one empty raid.
Pardeep Narwal - 34 points vs Haryana Steelers
Pardeep Narwal scored 34 raid points against Haryana Steelers in a Season 5 Eliminator to set up an incredible win for Patna Pirates.
Pardeep contributed 34 percent of the entire match points himself to help Patna Pirates beat Haryana Steelers 69-30 He scored 32 touch points and two bonus points as Patna Pirates won the match comfortably before going on to secure a third successive title. Season 5 also witnessed Pardeep Narwal finishing the campaign with 369 raid points - the most by any raider in a single edition of Pro Kabaddi.
Pardeep Narwal - 34 points vs Bengal Warriors
In Season 7, Pardeep Narwal once again breached the 30-raid point mark. Against Bengal Warriors, Pardeep scored 34 points to add to his previously held record of the same number of points from Season 5. The ‘Dubki King’ as Pardeep is fondly called also scored an unforgettable six-point Super Raid in the match as Patna Pirates beat Bengal Warriors 69-41.
Rohit Kumar - 30 points vs U.P. Yoddha
Bengaluru Bulls’ Rohit Kumar with 30 points against U.P. Yoddha in Season 5 is fourth on the list for most points by a raider in a Pro Kabaddi match. Rohit attempted 31 out of the team’s 43 raids as Bengaluru Bulls won the match 64-24. The star raider accounted for half of his team’s points in the game by finishing with a total of 32 points as he added two tackle points to his 25 touch points and five bonus points on the night.
Bengaluru Bulls’ 40-point victory is the biggest margin of victory in the history of Pro Kabaddi. Rohit Kumar scored 219 raid points in Season 5 and was the second-best raider of the season after Pardeep Narwal’s 369 raid points.
Rishank Devadiga - 28 points vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
U.P. Yoddha’s Rishank Devadiga scored a match-winning 28 raid points against Jaipur Pink Panthers in Season 5. The Maharashtra-born player was out just once in the entire match as Jaipur's defence ran out of steam while attempting to stop him. Rishank finished the match with 23 touch points, five bonus points and had just one unsuccessful raid.
Rishank’s efforts helped U.P. Yoddha win the match 53-32 and the victory proved to be decisive for the UP side in the end as they just managed to pip Bengaluru Bulls for the final knockouts spot with a slender three-point advantage in the Zone B standings.
Author: Kaustuh Potdar
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