Since its inception in 2014, Pro Kabaddi has not only changed the face of the game of kabaddi but also brought in a revolutionary change in how the Indian audience perceives the sport. The seven seasons of the league has given some of the most memorable matches that are sure to be etched forever into our memories, all due to the thrilling nature of them or the records attached to them.
Thanks to the format of the league, teams losing from winning positions or stars turning on their flair to steamroll the opponent are not rare. Here we relieve some of those kabaddi matches over the years which were both high-octane and end-to-end in equal measures and are sure to be remembered for a long time.
U MUMBA 34-36 PATNA PIRATES (Season 4)
This match was the replay of Season 3’s finale as defending champions Patna Pirates took on Season 2 champions, U Mumba. However, Patna were the more fancied team when compared to the weak U Mumba squad that took to the mat. Yet, this one went down to the wire and turned out to be a clash between the two top raiders of the league – Patna’s Pardeep Narwal and Mumba’s Rishank Devadiga. The league’s most lethal raider, Pardeep was on fire in this match as he stacked up fifty per cent of his team’s points (18). Rishank too didn’t disappoint. He ended the match with 11 points to his name though that proved too little in the end as Bajirao Hogade’s four crucial tackle points meant that the defending champions went on to clinch the match 36-34.
TELUGU TITANS 33-35 PATNA PIRATES (Season 4)
A proper showdown happened in this encounter as two of the very best of Pro Kabaddi – Titan’s Rahul Chaudhari and Patna’s Pardeep Narwal went up against each other. The two legends more or less cancelled each other out as both managed to score 11 raid points each for their teams, but Patna had the unheralded hero in Rajesh Mondal who proved to be the difference between the two teams. He scored a crucial seven points to sink the Telugu Titans ship, as they suffered yet another heartbreak against the Pirates.
PATNA PIRATES 29-30 GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS (Season 5)
In a battle of the defences, Gujarat Fortunegiants edged Patna Pirates by a single point in this blockbuster encounter of Season 5. Both sides fought hard till the end but Gujarat scraped through owing to the High 5s secured by their defenders Parvesh Bhainswal and Abozar Mighani. Both teams had a lot of respect for one another and the match was always tightly contested but Gujarat just about managed to pip Patna in this thrilling encounter courtesy Chandran Ranjit, who walked away with seven raid points from the match.
HARYANA STEELERS 33-35 PUNERI PALTAN (Season 6)
Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune witnessed an absolute thriller of a match when Haryana Steelers locked horns against Puneri Paltan in season 6 of Pro Kabaddi. It was a second-half show to die for from Puneri Paltan. Steelers went into the halftime with the job more or less done as they were leading 23-8. However, Puneri put on a strong second half display to overcame a fifteen point deficit and went on to score 27 points while conceding just 10, as Haryana crumbled under pressure. The star of the match was Sandeep Narwal who finished the match with seven points to his name.
BENGAL WARRIORS 42-43 BENGALURU BULLS (Season 7)
One man who was on a different level than the rest in this match was Bull’s star Pawan Sehrawat. His 29-raid points presented us with a spectacle to watch in what ended up as a high scoring encounter. He single-handedly overcame a spirited Bengal Warriors and eventually helped his team clinch the match by a single point. The Bulls at one point were down to 34-40 with less than five minutes remaining on the clock. However, Sehrawat was unfazed and put on a magical display of attack to take his team home in the final minute.
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