PKL (Pro Kabaddi League) is a coveted contest for Kabaddi athletes and PKL franchisees. The tournament, ever since its inception in 2014, has continued to fascinate fans worldwide. PKL has a separate fan base, and now it has successfully carved a niche for itself among Kabaddi lovers worldwide.
PKL is now counted among one of the most popular and famous domestic-level premier sports contests in India after IPL or Indian Premier League.
Nevertheless, PKL has witnessed some of the most amazing moments on the field, thanks to magnificent performances by Kabaddi superstars. Owing to these remarkable performances, PKL matches have always kept spectators glued to their screens until the last minute of the match.
Individual efforts always play a key role in ensuring whether a team can outwit the opponent or not at PKL. Defenders and raiders are highly respected in the game, as they never miss out exerting their 200% effort on the field; be it for a winning or losing cause.
In this article, we’ll take a look at PKL’s top performers who etched their names in PKL history as the highest leading scorer (raiding points) in individual performances.
Players with Highest Individual Raid Points in PKL Match
Rishank Devadiga – 28 points | PKL 5
Rishank Devadiga is an Indian professional kabaddi player who competes in the Pro Kabaddi League. He made his last PKL appearance in Season 8 for Bengal Warriors, scoring 13 raid points in one match. Devadiga couldn’t be a part of PKL 2022 and PKL 2023.
Having lost his father at a young age, Rishank lives with his mom and sister in the small village of Gangoli in Karnataka. The 29-year-old was born in Mumbai and performed brilliantly throughout the PKL seasons. He earned the reputation of being one of the top raiders in the PKL.
As a commerce graduate, he started his career in the Pro Kabaddi League. Rishank has played for U Mumba, Bengal Warriors, and UP Yoddha in his PKL career. Due to his marvelous performance as a Kabaddi player, Rishank successfully entered India’s National Kabaddi squad in 2015.
Rishank Devadiga (UP Yoddha) performed brilliantly against Jaipur Pink Panthers at Pro Kabaddi League – 5 (PKL – 5). His match-winning performance helped UP Yoddha crush Jaipur, accumulating 28 raid points against them.
After the end of the match, Rishank scored 28 points in total, including 23 touchpoints plus five bonus points. Jaipur looked completely clueless in front of Rishank’s outstanding performance, failing miserably at 53-31 UPY Vs JPP.
Rohit Kumar – 30 points | PKL 5
Rohit Kumar is a professional Kabaddi player, representing India’s national Kabaddi Team in international matches. Rohit represented Gujarat Giants in PKL season 9. This season, Rohit will represent Bengaluru Bulls in PKL 10.
As an experienced player, Rohit has played 101 PKL matches, earning over 730 points, while maintaining a shooting accuracy of around 80%.
Rohit is a graduate and has been passionate about Kabaddi since his childhood. He was born on January 19th, 1990, in a small village called Nizampur in the Panipat district. Rohit also successfully joined the Indian Navy through the Sports Quota in 2009. Additionally, he has represented Gujarat Giants, Telugu Titans, and Bengaluru Bulls in PKL.
In Pro Kabaddi League – 5 (Match 51), Rohit Kumar, the then captain of Bengaluru Bulls, scored 43 raiding points against UP Yoddha as the southern giant successfully overpowered UP Yoddha 64-24. Rohit single-handedly amassed 32 raid points (25 touchpoints plus five bonus points), cruising his team to an easy win in a one-sided manner.
He retained his spectacular form throughout the rest of the tournament as well, managing to cement his spot as the second-highest scorer in the tournament with 231 points. Pradeep Narwal remained the top scorer with 369 points at PKL 5.
Pardeep Narwal – 34 Points | PKL 5
The consistent performer, Pardeep Narwal, needs no introduction. The star athlete was born on February 16th, 1997, in a small village called Rindhana in Haryana’s Sonipat district. At present, the 26-year-old has represented UP Yoddhas in PKL matches since 2021. He is also a part of India’s national Kabaddi squad at international matches.
Pardeep’s everlasting love for Kabaddi started as early as when he was just 6 years old, before making his debut for his school’s team at 11. He also played for Patna Pirates and Bengaluru Bulls. Pardeep’s much-hyped performance for Patna Pirates at title victories is still fresh in fans’ minds.
Owing to Pardeep’s magnificent performance, Patna Pirates successfully defeated the mighty Haryana, and then eventually won the tournament as well. Overall, the match scorecard read 69-30, out of which Pardeep scored 34 points (32 touchpoints plus two bonus points). Kudos to Pardeep for assisting his team, Patna Pirates, in winning three PKL titles to date!
Pardeep Narwal – 34 Points | PKL 7
Last year, Pardeep made a new PKL record when he became the first player in PKL history to accumulate more than 1500 raid points. He achieved this feat on November 21st, 2022, while representing UP Yoddha and playing against Gujarat Giants.
Besides, who can forget Pardeep’s heroics during Match 124 at PKL 7 against Bengal Warriors? Pardeep scored heavily against the Warriors, denying them any chance of making a comeback into the match when the match scorecard read 45-35, with Bengal still trailing by just 10 points.
Pirates superbly gained two raid points in the last few minutes, beating the Warriors comfortably in the end. The final scorecard read 69-41 as Pirates beat Warriors almost black and blue.
Pardeep successfully scored 34 points in this particular match. Unfortunately, Pirates couldn’t reach PKL 7’s playoff round, despite Pardeep’s consistent form.
The Dubki King still managed to be the second-best raider in the tournament with 302 raid points.
Trivia: Currently, Pardeep holds the PKL individual record for most raid points in a single season. He scored 369 raid points in PKL 5.
Pawan Sehrawat – 39 | PKL 7
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat is an Indian kabaddi player who plays for Telugu Titans in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) and also represents India’s national Kabaddi team in international matches.
Born on July 9th, 1996, the Delhi-born athlete was destined to do something special. After completing his formal education from the prestigious Delhi University, the superstar athlete went on to represent Indian Railways first, and then various PKL franchises at PKL tournaments since 2014. Until now, Pawan has represented Bengaluru Bulls, Gujarat Giants, Tamil Thalaivas, and Telugu Titans in PKL matches.
This year, the Hi-flyer (as Pawan is affectionately called by his fans and teammates) will represent Telugu Titans after a record deal at the PKL auction 2023 for a whopping 2.6 crores for Pro Kabaddi League 10 or PKL 2023.
Pawan Sehrawat always produced his peak performance at PKL clashes. In Match 118, PKL 7, Pawan scored 39 raiding points for Bengaluru Bulls against Haryana Steelers.
He attempted 38 raids, finishing the game in style as Bengaluru recorded a convincing 23-point win over Haryana. The final scorecard of the match read 59-36.
His individual record of 39 raid points in a PKL match is still a world record! Pawan represents Bengaluru Bulls at PKL.
Trivia: Pawan Sehrawat remained the highest raid points scorer in PKL 2018, PKL 2019, and PKL 2021, respectively.
Pro Kabaddi League is set to start from December 2nd onward. The first match will be played between Gujarat Giants and Telugu Titans. According to sources, 12 cities have been selected for this marquee tournament, to be played between December 2nd, 2023—February 21st, 2024.
PKL 10 will start with a blockbuster opening ceremony in Ahmedabad, and then the tournament will move to each of the franchise team’s hometowns. The detailed schedule of playoffs and the final will be announced shortly. Stay tuned to The Sports Mania for more sports updates!
Who has scored most raid points in a PKL Match?
Pawan Sehrawat has scored the most raid points in a PKL match. He holds the record with a total of 39 points for his side Bengaluru Bulls against Haryana Steelers in a PKL 7 game. His team eventually won the game 59-36.
How many points has Pardeen Narwal scored in a single game?
Pardeep Narwal was in the prime of his life during PKL 7, and during his time with Patna Pirates, he scored a total of 34 points in a single game against Bengal Warriors, to record the most raid points in a single game.