Young defenders that impressed the most

The eighth edition of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League emerged to be a grand success and the tournament paved the way for many players to display their talent on a huge platform. The exemplary performances of numerous defenders in the league showcased the fact that the talent in this challenging sport is on the rise.

Here, we look at the young defenders who have impressed us the most in VIVO Pro Kabaddi League Season 8.


The Iranian has become a household name in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 and a force to reckon with in the team’s starting seven. His strong ankle holds have become a major weapon in Patna’s defence and the raiders are wary of him pouncing from the right corner. The Iranian left no stone unturned in pinning down the best of raiders in the business, having notched up 89 tackle points in 24 matches including ten High 5s, an all-time season record.


Haryana Steelers’ emerging player has shown constant improvement since the start of the league and is the one to watch out for in the future. His strong grip with his diving ankle holds combined with his dashes make him a major weapon in Haryana’s armoury. The lanky defender finished PKL Season 8 with 66 tackle points to his name in 22 matches with five High 5s and as many Super Tackles.