The most intriguing part of Pro Kabaddi League’s success is the kind of quality foreign players it has attracted over the years to rub shoulders with India’s best. Though India is known as the hub of the sport and boasts of some of the best players Kabaddi has ever seen, the foreigners have definitely helped in elevating the overall quality of the league by leaps and bounds.
These top overseas players are ready to sweat it out for their teams and add more value to the team’s overall preparations. Here we’ll look at the five most successful foreigners to have graced the Pro Kabaddi League over the years.
FAZEL ATRACHALI (IRAN)
The perfect left-corner on a Kabaddi mat, Fazel Atrachali is the third most successful defender of the Pro Kabaddi League with 317 tackle points to his name. The Iranian is a rock in defence and can dominate the best raiders of the league on his day. He is only one of the two defenders to have won multiple ‘Best Defender’ awards. Atrachali is the first and only foreign player to register more than 300 tackle points in the league’s history.
JANG KUN LEE (KOREA)
One of the most respected and feared raiders when it comes to the kabaddi circuit, Jang Kun Lee has been a star from the Pro Kabaddi League’s inaugural season. Captain of his national team, he brings different raiding techniques and skills to the mat, mixing mix-martial arts with traditional Kabaddi moves. He is currently the most successful overseas raider of the league with 471 points to his name.
MERAJ SHEYKH (IRAN)
Meraj Sheykh is, without doubt, one of the most prolific all-rounders in the Pro Kabaddi League. The Iranian international is not only a quality campaigner but also an excellent leader. Sheykh became the first foreigner to captain a league side when he went on to lead the Telugu Titans in 2015. A total of 350 raid points coupled with 54 tackle points in 99 games gives us a glimpse of the quality he brings to the Kabaddi mat. Sheykh was the best all-rounder in Season 5 with a total of 104 points and an integral member of Dabang Delhi in the previous season, where they topped the table.
ABOZAR MOHAJERMIGHANI (IRAN)
The second-most successful overseas defender in the Pro Kabaddi League after his countryman Atrachali, Abozar Mohajermighani is a fearless right-corner defender who is always looking to pounce on a raider’s mistake. He started his Pro Kabaddi legacy in Season 5 with the Gujarat Fortunegiants and was the fifth-most successful defender in that season. In just 63 matches, he has accumulated 160 tackle points and is currently the captain of the Telugu Titans franchise.
MOHAMMAD NABIBAKHSH (IRAN)
The story of Bengal Warriors journey to their maiden Pro Kabaddi title will be incomplete if we don’t talk about Mohammad Nabibakhsh. The Iranian was picked up by Warriors ahead of Season 7 for a whopping INR 77.75 lakh and the all-rounder went on to register 122 total points in his debut campaign. More importantly, in the absence of their regular captain Maninder Singh, Nabibakhsh was given the added responsibility of leading the team in the knockout stage of the tournament and he didn’t disappoint. He was not only inspirational with his leadership but also went onto win the ‘Player of the Match’ in the all-important final.
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