Experience the excitement of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League, India's top professional Kabaddi competition. Get to know about the teams, stats, winners, team stats, top defenders, and raiders over the seasons.
What is Vivo Pro Kabaddi League?
The Pro Kabaddi League, also known as Vivo Pro Kabaddi, is a professional men's Kabaddi league held in India. It started in 2014 and is shown on Star Sports. However, Season 8 was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually began on December 22, 2021.
The league was inspired by Kabaddi's popularity at the 2006 Asian Games and took ideas from the Indian Premier League.
It follows a franchise-based model, with the first season having eight teams that paid fees of up to US$250,000 to participate.
Initially, there were concerns about the league's success since Kabaddi had fewer well-known players compared to cricket.
However, the league hoped to attract viewers from rural and urban areas by capitalizing on the sport's widespread grassroots participation.
Viewership of Pro Kabaddi League:
The first season of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League had a large audience, with 435 million viewers, ranking second after the 2014 Indian Premier League.
The final match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and U-Mumba was watched by 86.4 million viewers. In 2015, Star Sports, the league's broadcaster, acquired a 74% stake in its parent company, Mashal Sports.
In the following seasons, particularly in 2017 and the 2018-19 season, the Pro Kabaddi League expanded by adding four new teams and using a division-based format called "zones."
However, starting from the 2019 season, the league returned to its regular double round-robin format.
Format of Vivo Pro Kabaddi:
The rules of the Pro Kabaddi League are similar to indoor team Kabaddi, but with some extra rules to encourage more scoring. Kabaddi is a contact team sport played by two teams, each with seven players.
- The objective of the game is for an offensive player, called a "raider," to enter the opponent's half of the court, touch as many defenders as possible, and return to their own half without being tackled, all while holding their breath.
- Points are given for each defender tagged by the raider, while the opposing team earns a point for successfully stopping the raider.
- Players are eliminated from the game if they are touched or tackled, but they come back in when their team scores a point from a tag or tackle.
- If a raider fails to score a point after consecutive unsuccessful attempts, they face a "Do or Die" situation, where they must score a point or be declared out.
- When the defending team has three or fewer players left, tackles made are called "Super Tackles" and are worth two points instead of one.
Teams & Home Arenas in Pro Kabaddi League:
Now let us discuss the teams that participate in the Pro Kabaddi League and the stadiums where they play their home games.
|Bengal Warriors||Netaji Indoor Stadium||Champion 2020|
|Bengaluru Bulls||Kanteerava Indoor Stadium||Champion 2019|
|Dabang Delhi K.C.||Thyagaraj Sports Complex||Champion 2021|
|Gujrat Giants||EKA Arena||Nil|
|Haryana Steelers||Motilal Nehru School of Sports||Nil|
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium||Champion 2014, 2022|
|Patna Pirates||Patliputra Sports Complex||Champion 2016, 2017, 2018|
|Puneri Paltan||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex||Nil|
|Tamil Thalaivas||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium||Nil|
|Telugu Titans||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium||Nil|
|U Mumba||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium||Champion 2015|
|UP Yoddhas||Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium||Nil|
Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season Results & Stats:
The below table describes briefly various stats like the Winner, Runner-Up, Best Raider, Best Defender, and Final Venue in each season of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League.
|Season||Winner||Final Score||Runner-Up||Final Venue||Best Raider(Most Raid Points)||Best Defender(Most Tackle Points)||Overall Total Points|
|Season 1||Jaipur Pink Panthers||35–24
SD = 11
|U Mumba||National Sports Club of India, Mumbai||Anup Kumar||Manjeet Chhillar||Anup Kumar|
|Season 2||U Mumba||36–30
SD = 6
|Bengaluru Bulls||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai||Kashiling Adake||Ravinder Pahal||Kashiling Adake|
|Season 3||Patna Pirates>||31–28
SD = 3
|U Mumba||Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi||Pardeep Narwal||Manjeet Chhillar||Pardeep Narwal|
|Season 4||Patna Pirates||37–29
SD = 8
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad||Rahul Chaudhari||Fazel Atrachali||Rahul Chaudhari|
|Season 5||Patna Pirates||55–38
SD = 17
|Gujarat Fortune Giants||Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai||Pardeep Narwal||Surender Nada||Pardeep Narwal|
|Season 6||Bengaluru Bulls||38–33
SD = 5
|Gujarat Fortune Giants||Dome NSCI, Mumbai||Pawan Sehrawat||Nitesh Kumar||Pawan Sehrawat|
|Season 7||Bengal Warriors||39–34
SD = 5
|Dabang Delhi||The Arena, Ahmedabad||Pawan Sehrawat||Fazel Atrachali||Pawan Sehrawat|
|Season 8||Dabang Delhi||37–36
SD = 1
|Patna Pirates||Sheraton Grand Whitefield, Bengaluru||Pawan Sehrawat||Mohammadreza Chiyaneh||Pawan Sehrawat|
|Season 9||Jaipur Pink Panthers||33–29
SD = 4
|Puneri Paltan||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai||Arjun Deshwal||Ankush||Arjun Deshwal|
This was a descriptive and exciting overview of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League.
This game has given great entertainment to the people all around the world.
The interest of south asian people was halted by the previous format of the game, However, this new format has given a life to this game and gained a great viewership and appraise from people all around the globe.