The Pro Kabaddi League season 6 is already halfway through the season and there have been many youngsters who have managed to put up best performance on the grandest stage of the sport. The young players like Siddharth Desai, Nitish Kumar,Surender Singh to name the few have had a breakthrough season so far.
While established players have been scoring points for fun there have been a couple of players who have had a disappointing season so far we look at Indian crorepati’s who are yet to impress in the current campaign so far.
Deepak Niwas Hooda
The 24-year-old former Puneri Paltan all-rounder was expected to hit the mat running right from the start. Jaipur Pink Panthers paid a huge price of 1.15 crore rupees to acquire his services after a fabulous performance in season 5 where he scored 186 points which included 172 raid points and 14 tackle points.
So far Hooda has failed to set the mat on fire and has been unable to do justice to his price tag. In the nine matches he has played, he has collected just 70 points which include 63 raid points along with seven tackle points.
His points tally also include two super 10’s and 1 high 5 this season so far. Jaipur has been struggling to win games on a consistent basis and they will be hoping for the all-rounder to consistently put on a better show in the remaining matches if he wants the team to win otherwise the chance of qualifying for the playoffs looks bleak.
UP Yoddhas are currently in the fourth position in Zone B with 28 points from 13 matches they have played so far. With no Nitin Tomar in the side, Rishank Devadiga was given the chance to lead the side. Brought for a hefty amount of 1.19 crore rupees, the team had a lot of expectations from their skipper to lead from the front.
However, The 26-year-old has been able to manage just 71 points in 13 matches with only 1 super 10 to his name and have failed to lead the side as a captain. In the 12 matches where he has led the UP Yodhas, the team has lost seven while winning just two and drawing three.
Inspite of such a disappointing season the franchise will be hoping for Rishank to bounce back and perform better in the upcoming matches.
He has been having a season to forget so far in the tournament. Goyat was brought by Haryana Steelers at a whopping price of 1.51 crore rupees which made him the costliest player of the season.
He was the part of title-winning Patna Pirates last season and played as a good back up raider to Pardeep Narwal. This year he was expected to lead the raiding department and help the team to success. But he has been looking out of sorts so far scoring 71 raid points in the 11 matches he has played. He has just three super 10’s to his name.
Till now, the fans are yet to see the best of Monu Goyat from season 5. But the 26-year-old is a champion raider and will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment so far and perform better in the upcoming matches and help his team qualify for the play-off.