The scintillating Pro Kabaddi is in its fourth edition and over every edition star names have kept increasing and that has remained one of the many reasons why the competition is getting so popular among the Indian sports fans. Mohit Chhillar, Sandeep Narwal, Anup Kumar, Deepak Narwal and Jang Kun Lee have all become household names as of now.
The good news remains that all these big names will once again be plying their trade in the Pro Kabaddi season 4. In the Pro Kabaddi season 4 auction last month, Mohit and Sandeep remained the big draws. While the former moved to Bengaluru Bulls for a whopping Rs. 53 lakh, Sandeep was bagged by Telugu Titans for Rs. 45.5 lakh.
The amount of investment made by the eight franchisees on the players give an identification on how popular and important they have become over the years. As many as 24 international players from 12 countries including Iran, Kenya, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and the United Kingdom will be seen in action this time around.
The Pro Kabaddi season 4 has also allocated 15 players from the Indian defence services, reports IANS.
"The past three seasons have proven that the country is ready to not only watch and accept more of Pro Kabaddi, but also form loyalties toward players and teams. Season 4 will only reinforce that the Kabaddi eco system will grow stronger as the league progresses," said Janardan Singh Gehlot, International Kabaddi Federation president, to the Indian Express.
Here are the updated squads of all eight teams:
Patna Pirates - Dharmaraj C (C), Abolfazel M, Mahesh Goud, Pardeep Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, Sunny, Surjeet Singh, Vinoth Paulyas, Sunil Kumar, Vijin T, Anil Kumar, Bajirao Hodage, Deepak Dhull, Fazel Atrachali, Hadi Oshtorak, Kuldeep Singh, Sanjay Kumar
U Mumba - Anup Kumar (C), Gurvinder Singh, Md. Munshi, Md. Tuhin, Zakir Hossain, Rishank Devadiga, Surendra Singh, Suresu Kumar, Vikash Kumar, Surjeet, Vikas Kale, Manoj Dhull, Jeeva Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Nitin Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Sourav V
Telugu Titans - Rahul Chaudhari (C), Athul M S, K Prapanjan, Nilesh Salunke, Sukesh Hegde, Vinoth Kumar, Shashank Wankhede, Vinod Kumar, Sandeep Dhull, Sombir, Akhlaq Hussain, Jasmer Gulia, Kuldeep, Md Maghsoudlou, Muhammad Rizwan, Rupesh Tomar, S Mahalingam, Vishal Bharadwaj, Sagar Krishna, Sandeep Narwal
Bengaluru Bulls - Surender Nada (C), Amit Rathi, Deepak Dahiya, Harish Naik, Pawan Kumar, Rohit Baliyan, Rohit Kumar, Sinotharan K, Sumit Singh, Vinod Kumar, Yogesh Hooda, Ashish Kumar, Rahul Kumar, Mohit Chhillar, Jeeva Gopal, Manoj Kumar, Nicholas George, Ajay Singh, Sanjay Shrestha
Bengal Warriors - Nilesh Shinde (C), Jang Kun Lee, Mahendra Rajput, Nitin Madane, Ravi Dalal, Shrikant Jadhav, Simon Kibura, Surjeet Narwal, Ravi Kumar, Vishal Mane, Sushil Bhosle, Amit Chhillar, C Arun, Chaminda, Girish Ernak, Ravindra Ramesh, Suyog Rajapkar, Yogesh Sawant
Dabang Delhi - Kashiling Adake (C), Deepak Narwal, Prashant Rai, Sanju, Selvamani K, Umesh Mhatre, Vikash K, Suresh Kumar, Prashant Chavan, D Gopu, Ram Kumar Sah, Sachin Shingade, Anil Kumar, Hadi Tajik, Sanket Chavan, Bhupender Singh, Manjeet, Meraj Sheykh, Phonchoo Tin
Jaipur Pink Panthers - Jasvir Singh (C), Ajay Kumar, Lo Chia Wei, Mahipal Narwal, Masayuki S, Shabeer Bappu, Tushar Patil, Amit Nagar, Wei Yang, Amit Hooda, Rohit Rana, Parveen Narwal, Jawahar, Parvesh B, Rajesh Narwal, Ran Singh, Shrikant T
Puneri Paltan - Manjeet Chhillar (C), Ajay Thakur, Akshay Jadhav, Jay Bahadur, Khomsan T, Sonu Narwal, Somvir Shekhar, Gurpreet Singh, Ketut Ariana, Ravinder Kumar, Ravinder Pahal, Joginder Narwal, Virendar Chhillar, Dalbir, Deepak Hooda, Nitin Tomar, Parmod Narwal, Preetam Chhillar