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Manjeet makes merry as Pro Kabaddi auctions draw to a close

Mario Rodrigues



Raider Manjeet received the highest price of Rs. 63 lakh by Puneri Paltan on Day 2 of the Pro Kabaddi League auctions on Tuesday.

Mumbai: Raider Manjeet made waves on the second day of the Pro Kabbadi League (PKL) Season 7 auctions, netting a price of Rs 63 lakh, the highest bid for a Category B player that was put up by Puneri Paltan. The 22-year-old lean and lanky Delhi native had a good outing with the Patna Pirates earlier.

The other Category B player to also steal the limelight, albeit to a lesser extent, was raider K Prapanjan, who joined the Bengal Warriors for Rs 55 lakh while the versatile Mohit Chhillar came in third for the Tamil Thailavas for Rs 45 lakh.

In all, the 12 franchises spent over Rs 50 crore on 200 players (173 Indians and 27 foreigners) over two days to equip themselves adequately for the forthcoming season, a huge jump from the amount expended the previous year, the PKL promoters claimed. A total of 15 ‘Final Bid Match’ options were used by the teams to maintain continuity in their ranks.

The highs were however hit during yesterday’s action when raider Siddharth Desai was sold for Rs 1.45 crore to Telugu Titans and raider Nitin Tomar to Puneri Paltan for Rs 1.20 crore. Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh (Iran), a category C Player, became the highest paid foreigner when he was taken down by the Bengal Warriors for Rs 77.75 lakh.

CEO Mashal Sports and League Commissioner Pro Kabaddi, Anupam Goswami, said: “The end of the Pro Kabaddi Season VII player auction marks yet another remarkable moment for Kabaddi as a sport. The squads look competitive for the upcoming season which will pave the way for an exciting season. The bidding strategies displayed by each Franchise stand testament to the evolution of the sport and the league. The teams look well-balanced and are a mix of young and experienced players. I look forward to Pro Kabaddi Season VII being an exciting event for all our fans, sponsors and teams.”

Highlights of Season 7 Player Auctions

  • 173 domestic players and 27 international players will be part of VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season VII
  • A total number of 200 players were bought by the 12 franchises
  • Over INR 50 crore was spent by the franchises over two days
  • Raider Manjeet bagged the highest bid as a Category B player, bought by Puneri Paltans, netting a price of INR 63 Lakhs
  • Defender Mahinder Singh picked by Bengaluru Bulls received the highest bid in Category B for INR 80 lakhs


Top 5  Domestic Players
Rank Player Name Price In INR Team
1 Siddharth Desai (Cat A) 1.45 crore Telugu Titans
2 Nitin Tomar  (Cat A) 1.20 crore Puneri Paltans FBM
3 Rahul Chaudhari (Cat A) 94 lakhs Tamil Talaivas
4 Monu Goyat (Cat A) 93 lakhs U.P.Yodhas
5 Sandeep Narwal (Cat A) 89 lakhs UMumba


Top 5 International Players
Rank Player Name Price in INR Team Nationality
1 Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh (Cat C) 77.75 lakhs Bengal Warriors Iran
2 Abozar Mohajermighani (Cat A) 75 lakhs Telugu Titans Iran
3 Jang Kun Lee (Cat B) 40 lakhs Patna Pirates Republic of Korea
4 Mohammad Esmaiel Maghsodhu (Cat C) 35 lakhs Patna Pirates Iran
5 Dong Geon Lee (Cat C) 25 lakhs U Mumba Republic of Korea


Top 5 Category B Players
Rank Player Name Price Team
1 Manjeet 63 Lakhs Puneri Paltan
2 K. Prapanjan 55.5 Lakhs Bengal Warriors
3 Mohit Chillar 45 Lakhs Tamil Thailaivas
4 Vijay 41 Lakhs Dabang Delhi
5 Dharmaraj Cheralathan 38.5 Lakhs Haryana Steelers


Top 5 Raiders Category A
Rank Player Name Price Team
1 Siddharth Desai 1.45 crore Telugu Titans
2 Nitin Tomar 1.20 crore Puneri Paltan
3 Rahul Cahudhary 94 lakhs Tamil Thalaivas
4 Monu Goyat 93 lakhs U.P.Yodhas
5 Prashant K Rai 77 lakhs Haryana Steelers


Top 5 Raiders Category B
Rank Player Name Price Team
1 Manjeet 63 lakhs Puneri Paltan
2 K Prapanjan 55.5 lakhs Bengal Warriors
3 Mohit Chhillar 45 lakhs Tamil Thalaivas
4 Rohit Baliyan 35 Lakhs U Mumba
5 Pawan Kumar Baliyan 20 lakhs Puneri Paltan


Top 5 Defenders Category A
Rank Player Name Price Team
1 Mahinder Singh 80 lakhs Bengaluru Bulls
2 Surender Nada 77 lakhs Patna Pirates
3 Parvesh Bhainswal 75 lakhs Gujarat Fortunegiants
4 Ravinder Pahal 61 lakhs Dabang Delhi K.C
5 Vishal Bharadwaj 60 lakhs Telugu Titans


Top 5 Defenders Category B
Rank Player Name Price Team
1 Vishal Mane 28.5 lakhs Dabang Delhi K.C
2 Dharmaraj Cheranlathan 38.5 lakhs Haryana Steelers
3 Ruturaj Shivaji Koravi 30.5 lakhs Gujarat Fortunegiants
4 Ravi Kumar 20 lakhs Haryana Steelers
5 Sunil Siddhgavali 20 lakhs Jaipur Pink Panthers


Top 5 All-rounders Category A and B
Rank Player Name Price Team
1 Sandeep Narwal 89 lakhs U Mumba
2 Ran Singh 55Lakhs Tamil Thalaivas
3 Vijay 41 lakhs Dabang Delhi K.C
4 Vinod Kumar 26 lakhs Gujarat Fortunegiants
5 Rohit Gulia 25 lakhs Gujarat Fortunegiants


Team Players Retained via FBM
Bengaluru Bulls Mahender Singh
Dabang Delhi K.C Chandran Ranjit and Ravinder Pahal
Patna Pirates Jaideep
Puneri Paltan Nitin Tomar and Girish Ernak
Telugu Titans Vishal Bhardwaj and Abozar
U Mumba Rohit Baliyan
Gujarat Fortunegiants Parvesh Bhainswal
U.P Yoddha Rishank Devadiga and Shrikant Jadhav


Mario Rodrigues has worked for several publications in various capacities besides contributing to several others. He is a former editor of All Sports Magazine and author of Batting for the Empire -- A Political Biography of Ranjitsinhji.