Not extremely long ago pro kabaddi was an unclear sport for so much of the world. That is not the any case, as the correct marketing of the sports has propelled pro kabaddi to new height. Players are now well known & becoming family unit names.
The Pro-Kabaddi League has played a large role in popularizing India’s oldest sport. Naturally with more celebrity comes more money.
In the player auction for season 1st, 8th franchises went about the job of forming their best squad from a pool of 96 players for the 1st ever season of Pro-Kabaddi League. twice World Cup winner Rakesh Kumar was the most costly player having been bought by the Patna-Pirates franchise for Rs.12.80 Lakhs more than thrice his base price of Rs. 4 lakhs.
Extra top draws amongst the marquee players were Surjeet Narwal and Ajay Thakur both fetching Rs.12.20 Lakhs for Bengaluru Bulls & Dabang Delhi correspondingly. Deepak Niwas was the select of the draw from group B players, with the Telugu Titans picking up the young person for a winning bid of Rs.12.60 Lakhs.
Season 2nd of the Pro Kabaddi League saw an international draft of 27 players from 13th countries. 14th international players were signed up & Hadi-Oshtorak of Iran was the pick of the lot. Bought by Telugu Titans for Rs.21.10 Lakhs, 14th times the base price of Rs.1.50 Lakhs.
Season 3rd saw the addition of Services players for the 1st time. 6th teams inclined in for 12th players through an open draw procedure as the likes of Nitin Tomar & Surjeet Singh entered the fray.
Season 4th auction was a best one in terms of reputation as it concerned a large pool of 198 players & netted a totality of Rs.12.82 CR for 96th players sold. The maximum bid was Mohit Chhillar who was bought by Bengaluru Bulls for Rs.53 Lakhs. Fazel Atrachali was the mainly costly overseas player for Rs.38 Lakhs to Patna Pirates.
The lately held player auction for Season 5th devastated all previous records as a total of Rs. 46.99Cr. was spent on 227 players selected. Nitin Tomar became the most costly signing in the history of Pro Kabaddi League when he was bought by Team Uttar Pradesh for a monstrous amount of Rs. 93 Lakhs.
Suraj Desai became the most costly group B player for Rs. 52.50 Lakhs that was paid for him by Dabang Delhi.
Iranian Abozar Mohajer Mighani became the most costly overseas player, bought by Team Gujarat for Rs.50 Lakhs.
From an auction cap of Rs. 60 Lakhs per team to payments 93 Lakhs on a player, Pro Kabaddi League has come a long way financially. Here we look at the maximum earning kabaddi players in the world based on their tournament earnings and salaries.
|Serial no||Name||Approx earnings (in lakhs)|
|3||Jang Kun Lee||102.3|