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Vivo Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) - Top New Young Players of Season 9

With the Season 9 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League's group stage nearing completion, a peak into the top young performers of the Season.

VIVO Pro Kabaddi League, PKL, Season 9, Ankush Rathee, Narender, Young Players

    Tamil Thalaivas Narender in action against Jaipur Pink


Gayathri Venkatraman

Published: 9 Dec 2022 1:06 PM GMT

This edition of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) too revealed a bunch of young stars who left a mark on the mat with their stunning performances throughout the season. As the league stages near its close, let us take a closer look at 5 top New Young Players (NYP) whose talent caught our eyes-

Ankush Rathee

Ankush Rathee

Team- Jaipur Pink Panthers

Role and Importance - Defender - Left Corner; Ankush, with 72 successful tackles, and 7 High 5s, leads both the charts for this season. This powerhouse raider has strengthened the Panthers' defence and taken down the best of raiders with his signature ankle hold. The debutant has served the team well and is a strong contender for the left corner position on the Indian team as well.

Stats- Matches Played - 21; Total Points Earned - 76

No. of Super TacklesHigh 5sTotal Tackle PointsAvg. Successful Tackles / MatchTotal TacklesTackle Success Rate

Parteek Dahiya

Parteek Dahiya of Gujarat Giants

Team- Gujarat Giants

Role and Importance - All-Rounder; Parteek has secured a place in most of the top-10 charts this season, and is considered Gujarat Giants' find of the season. With excellent reach, footwork, and upper-body strength, this all-rounder is the second-best raider for the team. He too is a fresh face in the team and is unique amidst coach Ram Mehar Singh's defence-oriented lineups.

Stats- Matches Played - 18; Total Points Earned- 171; Not-Out Rate - 78.48%

Total RaidsSuccessful Raids %No. of Super RaidsSuper 10sTotal Raid PointsAvg. Raid Points / MatchTotal TacklesTackle Success Rate

Akash Shinde

Akash Shinde in action for Puneri Paltans

Team- Puneri Paltan

Role and Importance - Fresh out of Yuva Paltan, Puneri Paltan's youth academy, Akash came to the front when the side's lead raider, Aslam was injured. He's the third component of Puneri Paltan's raiding troika alongside Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat. He fits into the raiding core of the team and plays the role of reviving his raiders. He has a raiding success ratio of 1:2 and an impressive not-out percentage.

Stats- Matches Played- 20; Total Points Earned - 134; Not-Out Rate- 76.92%

Total RaidsSuccessful Raids %No. of Super RaidsSuper 10sTotal Raid PointsAvg. Raid Points / MatchTotal TacklesTackle Success Rate

Narender Kandola

Narender Kandola of Tamil Thalaivas

Team- Tamil Thalaivas

Role and Importance - Raider; With 220 raid points to his name, Narender is the Season's 5th-best raider. With the star raider Pawan Sehrawat ruled out during the early days of the tournament, Narender had to fill in his shoes and shoulder the raiding responsibility. He has delivered, no matter the situation and irrespective of the opposition. He has showcased commendable composure and has definitely been integral in steering the Tamil Thalaivas into the Play-Offs.

Stats- Matches Played- 21; Total Points Earned- 224; Not-Out Rate - 77.75 %

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