Raiding and defending are the two most important aspects of Kabaddi matches. At Kabaddi matches, a team has to be on its toes all the time. The team has to play as a unit and score raiding points, but merely raiding the opponents won’t help.
The team’s consistency in the match and ability to defend its score depends a lot upon its defenders. Unfortunately, at the time of PKL Auction or matches, defenders continue to remain the unsung heroes as all limelight turns towards the raiders.
Today, we’ll take a look at the top 6 most successful defenders in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League with the most tackle points. Unless you have a strong defense unit, you may not be able to defend your score.
For the unversed, it’s important to mention here that the final scorecard of a kabaddi match reflects both tackle and raiding points.
Most tackle points in PKL
|Girish Maruti Ernak||143||359|
6. Ravinder Pahal
Ravinder Pahal has accumulated 339 tackle points from 124 matches. Popularly known as “The Hawk” among his fans and colleagues, Pahal is PKL’s one of the most reliable corner defenders. He’s quite popular for his double thigh hold in real quick time at crucial moments of the match.
Ravinder Pahal has consistently been featured as one of the top 10 defenders five times in PKL.
Ravinder Pahal played for Telugu Titans in the last edition of PKL. His angle hold move outfoxed several top raiders in PKL matches. Until now, Ravinder has represented many PKL franchisees, including Gujarat Giants, Bengaluru Bulls, Delhi Dabang, and Telugu Titans among others.
5. Surjeet Singh
Surjeet Singh has 348 tackle points from 127 matches in his kitty. He has represented various PKL teams until now, including Telugu Titans, Tamil Thalaivas, Puneri Paltan, Bengal Warriors, U Mumba, and Puneri Paltan. He is widely regarded as one of the best right-cover defenders at the Pro Kabaddi League tournament.
This year, Surjeet Singh was bought by Bengaluru Bulls at the PKL 10 Auction held in October 2023 for 14.20 lakh INR. The team will have great expectations from this 2023 Asian Games Gold medalist. The 33-year-old never misses out on any opportunity to block and hold the opponent at first instance and gain some crucial bonus points.
4. Girish Maruti Ernak
Next in the list is Girish Maruti Ernak. The 33-year-old is known for his agile defending move and ensconced his place as the dependable left-corner defender at PKL matches for his team. Since his childhood, Girish has been passionate about sports. His talent was first noticed by his school teacher, who motivated him to participate in the school Kabaddi contest, and as they say, the rest is history.
Girish has been absolutely phenomenal at the PKL tournament. He has scored 359 points from 143 matches. In his 8-year-long PKL career, Girish has been fortunate enough to don the jerseys of various PKL franchisees, including Bengal Warriors, Puneri Paltan, U Mumba, Patna Pirates, Gujarat Giants, and others.
Girish has continued to excel as a Kabaddi superstar, contributing to his team’s success in almost all seasons he participated in. Girish has also been part of India’s 2018 Kabaddi Master’s Dubai winning squad. He will represent U Mumba at Pro Kabaddi League 2023.
3. Sandeep Narwal
Sandeep Narwal, widely regarded as one of the PKL’s greatest all-rounders ever comes third in the list of PKL players with the most tackle points. He has amassed 348 tackle points from 149 matches until now and is set to captivate fans once again at Pro Kabaddi League (Season 10) as well, later this year.
The credit for Dabang Delhi’s title victory at PKL 2021 goes to Sandeep Narwal who managed to achieve 94 total tackles in the tournament. The 30-year-old has 29 Super Tackles to his record (most by any player at PKL), which shows the kind of agility and swiftness he possesses once on the field.
2. Manjeet Chhillar
Manjeet is the second-most successful defender in PKL history with 391 tackle points from 132 PKL matches. He holds the record of topping the tackle points chart twice along with Fazel Atrachali. With 17 Super Tackles and 25 High 5-s, Manjeet has etched his place as one of the most prolific defenders in PKL matches. To date, his tackle success rate is around 50%, which makes him one of the most potent defenders at PKL. The 37-year-old has represented Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi, Tamil Thailavas, Jaipur Pink Panthers, and Puneri Paltan in his glorious PKL career. He is currently working as an Assistant Coach of Telugu Titans.
1. Fazel Atrachali
Fazel Atrachali is currently leading Gujarat Giants as its captain. Historically, Fazel has been one of the most successful international Kabaddi athletes at PKL when it comes to gaining tackle points. He represented PKL teams in 146 matches, scoring 424 tackle points (highest until now).
As a consistent defender, Fazel has been frequently scoring tackle points since season 4. He scored 52 at PKL 4, followed by 57 at PKL 5, 83 at PKL 6, 82 at PKL 7, 51 at PKL 8, and 56 at last year’s PKL. He enjoys a tackle success rate at PKL of around 56% and continues to appear on top of the list of top PKL defenders at almost every season. He also holds the record for scoring over 80 tackle points in two PKL seasons.
It’s undoubtedly a sheer joy to watch these super athletes grace the PKL venues and give their best at every match. Their defending style, tackling moves, and strong grip over opponents’ players can keep fans on the edge of their chairs until the last moments. Just wait for a few days more before PKL 10 Mania grips the entire world soon.
Who has scored most tackle points in PKL?
Fazel Atrachali holds the record for most tackle points in Pro Kabaddi with 424 tackle points in 146 matches. He is an Iranian defender who has played for several teams in the league, including Puneri Paltan, Patna Pirates, and Dabang Delhi KC. He is known for his aggressive tackling style and his ability to disrupt opponents’ raids.