Everyone enjoys the high intense action in the sport of Kabaddi. From defence splitting ‘dubkis’ to robust ankle-holds, fans eagerly await to watch their favourite kabaddi stars in action every evening. All-Rounders in every team are crucial as they have agility of a raider and strength of a defender. So let’s look at the best all-rounders in kabaddi who are taking part in the ongoing season of Indian Kabaddi League.
5. D Hooda
One of the few players to play in every season of Indian Kabaddi League, Hooda has mastered the arts of raiding and defending. This time the seasoned veteran has taken his talents to the Bengal franchise after being released by Jaipur. In his long IKL career, Hooda has played 148 matches for 4 different teams. Known for high kabaddi IQ, Hooda is one of the few players to score more than 1,000 points in the league. The all-rounder has managed to score 1081 points including 989 raid points and 92 tackle points. Bengal would love to get their hands once again on silverware after the addition of Hooda in their ranks alongside skipper Maninder.
4. R Gulia
Since making his debut in Season 5 for Gujarat, Gulia has been ever-present on both ends of the mat. Despite his young age, the 23-year old all-rounder has plenty of experience in his bag. Across 5 seasons for 3 different teams, Gulia has managed 372 points in 83 matches. His 3rd season in the league was the most fruitful one where he scored 142 points in 22 matches for Gujarat. Patna seized the services of the dynamic all-rounder for 30 lakhs INR for the 2022 season.
3. V. Malik
If Naveen is the Batman of Delhi franchise, then Vijay is the Robin. His 162 points in 22 matches, helped Delhi to win their first-ever championship in season 8. Although majorly a raider by trade, Vijay is disciplined in his defensive duties as well. His 55% raid strike rate and 29% tackle strike rate make him one of the most efficient players in the league. The youngster’s career has grown by leaps and bounds since switching from Patna to Delhi. In 85 matches, Vijay has scored 292 raid points and 69 tackle points. His performances would be key if Delhi hope to retain their title.
2. N. Rawal
There are few players who are more consistent in kabaddi than N. Rawal. The 25-year all-rounder made his debut in 2017 for Season 1 champions Jaipur and scored 85 points including 65 raid points. His supreme defensive ability has helped him to score 63 tackle points in 5 seasons. The only all-rounder in the squad of Haryana, the franchise invested big bucks in the auction to get his services and rest their season hopes on his able shoulders.
1. M. Nabibaksh
One of the fewest players to win a title in their debut season, the Iranian will pair up with his fellow countryman F. Atrachali for Pune in this season of Indian Kabaddi League. In previous 2 seasons with Bengal, Nabibaksh has scored 230 points in 43 matches with 32% raid efficiency and 41% tackle efficiency. Pune acquired Nabibaksh for a hefty amount of 87 lakh INR and hope that his chemistry with Atrachali can inspire the team towards a maiden title.
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