Mumbai, Aug 6: The highly-anticipated Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 9 Player Auctions saw history being created as star-raider Pawan Sehrawat became the first player in the history of the league to breach the Rs 2 crore mark. While Guman Singh became the most expensive Category B player at the auction after getting sold for a humongous bid of Rs 1.21 crore.
This year's players auction witnessed a jump in the INR 1 crore club from two players in the last auction to four players. While Pardeep Narwal and Siddharth Desai were part of the 1 crore club last time, this year Pawan Sehrawat, Vikash Kandola, Fazel Atrachali, and Guman Singh were part of the 1 crore club on day one.
A total of 30 players were sold to the 12 franchise teams with as many as 4 Final Bid Match (FBM) cards being used on Day 1. The auction witnessed teams spend Rs 18.11 crore on Day 1, across the various categories of players being auctioned.
The highlight of the auction was Sehrawat who smashed the all-time record after he was bought by Tamil Thalaivas for a whopping sum of Rs 2.26 crore. Meanwhile, Vikash Kandola - who was part of the Haryana Steelers side until last season - found a new home in Bengaluru Bulls after he was bought for Rs 1.70 crore (a record he held till Pawan Kumar Sehrawat was bid). The raider became the second most expensive buy ever in the PKL Auction history.
Pardeep Narwal - who wished to go to Gujarat Giants found a bid of Rs 90 lakh from the Ahmedabad-based franchise - but returned to the UP Yoddha side after the franchisee used the Final Bid Match (FBM) Card.
Like every season, the Iranian players were once again in heavy demand it was the kabaddi legend Fazel Atrachali who broke the record for the most expensive defender and overseas player ever after being acquired by Puneri Paltan for Rs 1.38 crore.
Atrachali held both the records previously when he was picked by U Mumba for Rs 1 crore in the 2018 auction. While his compatriot, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakgsh (F) was acquired by Puneri Paltan for Rs 87 lakh.
Here are the most expensive players in the PKL Season 9 Auctions:
Top 5 most expensive players:
|Pawan Kumar Sehrawat||India||2.26 crore||Tamil Thalaivas|
|Vikash Kandola||India||1.70||Bengaluru Bulls|
|Fazel Atracheli||Iran||1.38 crore||Puneri Paltan|
|Pardeep Narwal||India||90 lakh (FBM)||UP Yoddha|
|Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakgsh||Iran||87 lakh||Puneri Paltan|
Top 5 Category B players on Day 1
|Guman Singh||Raider||1.21 crore||Tamil Thalaivas|
|Sunil Kumar||Defender||90 lakh||Jaipur Pink Panthers|
|Ashish||Raider||45 lakh||U Mumba|
|Nitin Rawal||All-rounder||37.5 lakh||Haryana Steelers|
|Surinder Singh||Defender||35.5 lakh||U Mumba|
Top 5 Category C players bought on Day 2
|Amirhossein Bastami||Defender||65.1 lakh||Haryana Steelers|
|Ravi Kumar||Defender||64.1 lakh||Dabang Delhi K.C.|
|Neeraj Narwal||Raider||43 lakh||Bengaluru Bulls|
|Rinku Narwal||Defender||40 lakh||Gujarat Giants|
|Arkam Shaikh||All-Rounder||32.1 lakh||Gujarat Giants|
Top 3 Category D players bought on Day 2
|Nitin Chandel||Defender||19.70 lakh||Jaipur Pink Panthers|
|Sakthivel R||Defender||12.20 lakh||Bengal Warriors|
|Arpit Saroha||Raider||8.20 lakh||Tamil Thalaivas|
Total Amount Spent By Teams:
1 - Bengal Warriors - Rs 4.22 crore
2 - Bengaluru Bulls - Rs 4.37 crore
3 - Dabang Delhi K.C. - Rs 4.31 crore
4 - Gujarat Giants - Rs 3.85 crore
5 - Haryana Steelers - Rs 3.76 crore
6 - Jaipur Pink Panthers - Rs 4.37 crore
7 - Patna Pirates - Rs 4.31 crore
8 - Puneri Paltan - Rs 4.38 crore
9 - Tamil Thalaivas - Rs 4.40 crore
10 - Telugu Titans - Rs 4.38 crore
11 - U Mumba - Rs 4.22 crore
12 - UP Yoddha - Rs 4.29 crore.