After two months of thrilling and exciting contests, Pro Kabaddi League season 8 finally came to a nail-biting end. We witnessed a perfect grand finale between the season seven runners-up Dabang Delhi KC and three-time champions Patna Pirates. The match went right down to the wire until the last raid of the game where Delhi held their nerves to secure a win by just one point and lay their hands on the PKL trophy for the first time ever.
We saw many youngsters and new faces rise up to the occasion for their respective teams and put on a strong performance against the veterans of the game. There were several extraordinary individual performances that caught the attention of the fans and experts. On that note, let’s take a look at the best playing seven of the Pro Kabaddi season 8.
Arjun Deshwal (Centre)
Arjun Deshwal was one of the best young players in the tournament. He led the Jaipur Pink Panthers’ raiding attack from the front. Arjun finished at the second spot in the list for most raid points in PKL 8 with 267 points in 22 games at a successful raid percentage of over 50.
He had around 12 average raid points per match and managed to secure 16 super 10s in 22 outings which included six super raids. Deshwal will surely become one of the best players in PKL if he continues to perform the same way in the future.
Surjeet Singh Narwal (Right Cover) (Captain)
Surjeet Singh Narwal is one of the most experienced campaigners in PKL 8 history. He led Tamil Thalaivas from the front and gave a supporting hand to Sagar to form a lethal defensive duo. Surjeet finished in the top 10 of the players with the most tackle points this season as he managed to collect 53 points in 22 matches at an average of 2.65 points per match.
He had a successful tackle rate of 45% and managed to collect two high fives and four super tackles throughout the tournament.
Jaideep Kuldeep (Left Cover)
Jaideep Kuldeep was a wall for Haryana Steelers at the left cover position as he gave the raiders no chance to get away from his web. He ended the PKL 8 season as one of the best defenders by collecting 66 tackle points in 22 matches at an average of 3 tackle points per match. Jaideep was brilliant with his execution as he had a successful tackle rate of over 50% with five super tackles and as many high fives.
Naveen Kumar (Right In)
Best raider of the final and the most valuable player of the tournament, Naveen Kumar was one of the major reasons for Dabang Delhi’s title triumph. Despite missing six games due to injury, Naveen finished at the fourth spot in the list of the most raid points with 207 points in 17 games at an average of 12.18 raid points per game.
He fought like a champion and managed to collect 12 super 10s and three super raids at a successful raid rate of over 50%.
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (Left In)
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat was the best raider of the season as he managed to finish at the top spot in the list of the most raid points. Not only in raiding, but he also made vital contributions in defense for Bengaluru Bulls as he became the first player in the history of PKL to secure a high five and a super 10 in a single game.
He collected 304 raid points at an average of 12.67 per game in 24 matches with 18 super 10s and six super raids while also securing 16 tackle points. Pawan was unfortunate to not make it to the finals but will be happy with the way he led his side in the tournament.
Sagar (Right Corner)
Sagar was one of the best defenders in the PKL 8 season as he finished at the second spot in the list of the most tackle points. As mentioned earlier, he formed a deadly duo with Surjeet Singh Narwal and was at the heart of the defense for Tamil Thalaivas.
Sagar finished the season with 83 points in 22 matches at an average of 3.73 tackle points per match. He had a successful tackle rate of 51% including eight high fives and eight super tackles.
Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh (Left Corner)
Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh followed the footsteps of the Iranian legend Fazel Atrachali and produced one of the best debut performances in PKL. He was unfortunate to finish as a runner-up but will be pretty proud of the way he stood like a wall at the left corner for Patna Pirates.
He finished at the best defender of the season in his maiden PKL outings. Chiyaneh managed to collect 89 tackle points in 24 matches at an average of 3.71 per match including 10 high fives and three super tackles.