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Pro Kabaddi 2022 Auction: Most Expensive Players From Every Category; Pawan Sehrawat Creates Record

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.

Pro Kabaddi 2022 Auction: Full List Of Players Sold At The PKL Season 9 Player AuctionPro Kabaddi 2022 Auction: Full List Of Players Sold At The PKL Season 9 Player Auction

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.

Pro Kabaddi 2022 Auction: The Full list of Released Players Ahead of the PKL Season 9 Player AuctionPro Kabaddi 2022 Auction: The Full list of Released Players Ahead of the PKL Season 9 Player Auction

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:

Player Country Amount (INR) Team
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

Player Position Amount (INR) Team
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

Player Position Amount (INR) Team
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

Player Position Amount (INR) Team
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.

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Story first published: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 2:01 [IST]
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