Pro Kabaddi League 2017 or PKL 5 kicks-off on July 28. The three-month long league for the first time features 12 teams. Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas and UP Yoddha are the new teams added in this edition. Patna Pirates are the defending champions having won two back to back editions of PKL.
India’s Nitin Tomar emerged as the highest paid player after the PKL 5 auctions. Newly added franchise Uttar Pradesh bought Tomar for Rs 93 Lakh against a base price of Rs 20 lakh. On the other hand, Iran’s Abozar Mohajermighani became the costliest foreign buy in the season five of PKL. Abozar went to Gujarat, another new team, for Rs 50 lakh. Also Check- Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Schedule
The PKL 5 auction last took place for two days with 12 franchises going head to head in an intense bidding war. Seven out of eight teams had already retained one player each. Here is a look at how teams stack up after the PKL 2017 auction.
Full squads and players list of all PKL 5 teams
Bengal Warriors: Raiders- Deepak Narwal, Maninder Singh, Vinod Kumar, Virender Wazir Singh, Ameares Mondal, Rahul Kumar. Defenders- Sandeep Malik, Shashank Wankhede, Surjeet Singh, Young Chang Ko, Bhupender Singh. All Rounders- Ran Singh, Ravindra, Ramesh Kumavat, Shrikant Tewthia, Vikash. Retained player: Jang Kun Lee.
Bengaluru Bulls: Raiders- Ajay Kumar, Gurvinder Singh, Harish Naik, Rohit, Rohit Kumar, Sinotharan Kanesharajah, Sumit Singh. Defenders- Kuldeep Singh, Mahender Singh, Pradeep Narwal, Ravinder Pahal, Sachin Kumar. All Rounders- Amit, Ankit Sangwan, Sanjay Shrestha. Retained player: Ashish Kumar.
Dabang Delhi: Raiders- Abolfazl Maghsoudlou Mahalli, Anand Patil, Ravi Dalal, Rohit Baliyan, Suraj Desai, Suresu Kumar, Vipin Malik. Defenders- Bajirao Hodage, Nilesh Shinde, Sunil Kumar, Viraj Vishnu Landge. All Rounders- Chetan S, Rupesh Tomar, Tapas Pal, Vishal. Retained player: Meyraj Sheykh. Also Read- Nitin Tomar, Rohit Kumar emerge as top buys on day 1 of PKL 5 auction
Jaipur Pink Panthers: Raiders- Ajit Singh, Jasvir Singh, Kamal Kishor, Pawan Kumar Kadian, Selvamani K, Sunil Siddhgavali, Tushar Patil. Defenders- Jae Min Lee, Manoj Dhull, Navneet Gautam, Somvir Shekhar, Vignesh B, All Rounders- Dong Gyu Kim, Manjeet Chhillar, Santhapanaselvam, Siddharth.
Patna Pirates: Raiders- Md. Zakir Hossain, Monu Goyat, Vijay, Vikas Jaglan, Vinod Kumar, Vishnu Uthaman. Defenders- Jaideep, Manish Kumar, Sachin Shingade, Sandeep, Satish Kumar, Virender Singh, Vishal Mane. All Rounders- Arvind Kumar, Jawahar, Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Parveen Birwal. Retained player: Pardeep Narwal.
Puneri Paltan: Raiders- Akshay Jadhav, More GB, Rajesh Mondal, Rohit Kumar Choudary, Suresh Kumar, Umesh Mhatre. Defenders- Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Girish Maruti Ernak, Md. Ziaur Rahman. All Rounders- Ravi Kumar, Sandeep Narwal, Takamitsu Kono. Retained player: Deepak Niwas Hooda. Also Check- List of top 11 most expensive players bought by teams of PKL Season 5
Telugu Titans: Raiders- Athul M S, Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari, Munish, Nilesh Salunke, Vikas, Vikas Kumar, Vikrant, Vinoth Kumar. Defenders- Amit Singh Chhillar, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, Rohit Rana, Sombir, Vinod Kumar. All Rounders- Rakesh Kumar, Vishal Bharadwaj. Retained player: Rahul Chaudhari.
U Mumba: Raiders- Darshan Kashiling Adake, Nitin Madane Shabeer Bappu, Shrikant Jadhav. Defenders- Suresh Kumar, Joginder Narwal, Surender Singh. All Rounders- Dong Ju Hong, E Subash, Hadi Oshtorak, Kuldeep Singh, Shiv Om, Yong Joo Ok. Retained player: Anup Kumar.
Gujarat Fortunegiants: Raiders- Amit Rathi, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Rakesh Narwal, Sachin, Sukesh Hegde, Sultan Dange. Defenders- Abozar Mohajer Mighani, C Kalai Arasan, Manoj Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sunil Kumar, Vikas Kale. All Rounders- Mahipal Narwal, Rohit Gulia, Seong Ryeol Kim.
Haryana Steelers: Raiders- Ashish Chhokar, Deepak Kumar Dahiya, Khomsan Thongkham, Prashant Kumar Rai, Sonu Narwal, Surjeet Singh, Vikash Khandola, Wazir Singh. Defenders- Babu M, Jeeva Gopal, Mahendra Singh Dhaka, Mohit Chhillar, Neeraj Kumar, Rakesh Singh Kumar, Vikas. All Rounders- David Shilisia J Mosambayi, Deepak Kumar Rathee, Kuldeep Singh, Mayur Shivtarkar, Parmod Narwal.
Tamil Thalaivas: Raiders- Bhavani Rajput, Dong Geon Lee, K. Prapanjan, M. Thivakaran, Sarang Arun Deshmukh, Sombir, Vineet Sharma, Waleed Al Hasani. Defenders- Amit Hooda, Anil Kumar, Anil Kumar, C. Arun, Darshan J, Mugilan, Rajesh, Sanket Chavan, T. Prabhakaran, Vijay Kumar, Vijin Thangadurai. All Rounders- Ananthkumar, Chan Sik Park, Prathap, Sujit Maharana.
UP Yoddha: Raiders- Ajvender Singh, Gulveer Singh, Mahesh Goud, Nitin Tomar, Rishank Devadiga, Sulieman Kabir, Surender Singh. Defenders- Gurvinder Singh, Hadi Tajik, Jeeva Kumar, Nitesh Kumar, Rohit Kumar Jr., Sanoj Kumar, Santosh B.S. All Rounders- Pankaj, Rajesh Narwal, Sunil.