Pro Kabaddi League: Can Jaipur Pink Panthers re-establish their supremacy? | Team Preview, Schedule, Squad, News.


Jaipur Pink Panthers are one of the powerhouse kabaddi franchises in the Pro Kabaddi League. They were the winners of the inaugural season of the PKL but have not won since then. The Pink Panthers made smart moves in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 8 player auction and managed to retain a number of their star players while still adding some young talent to the mix.


The Panthers held on to their captain and star player Deepak Niwas Hooda by exercising its Final Bid Match option as it heads into season eight of the Pro Kabaddi League. They have shown a lot of trust and confidence on the back of Deepak Hooda and he will be looking forward to repaying their faith in him.

They attracted plenty of eyeballs as they roped in Arjun Deshwal for a massive Rs. 96 lakh. Arjun spent the last two seasons at U Mumba and came to the fore last season when he played 19 matches for the side and scored stunning 106 points. He has a career total of 110 points and scored an unassailable 15 points in a single game last season.

The Panthers also roped in wily defender Sandeep Kumar Dhull and the veteran Dharmaraj Cheralathan. These players provide the defence with the much-needed experience and calmness as they are some veterans of the game. In fact, they were the only team in the auction to use both their available FBM cards on Deepak Hooda and Sandeep Kumar respectively.


They chose to keep 4 players and retained a talented youngster and all-rounder Nitin Rawal who was rewarded for an impressive showing where he managed to don the Corner while also scoring 122 raid points for the team. He will definitely be a force to reckon with this season. Among the Elite Retained players were Right Corner Amit Hooda and Vishal who provide more strength and stability to the defense.

Overall, they have a really well-balanced team with a number of players to watch out for. Some of the names include the likes of Arjun Deshwal, Deepak Hooda, Cheralathan, Amit Hooda, Sushil Gulia among others. Pink Panthers seems to have found a way to combine a rich legacy with an eye on the future and that makes them a strong team this season.


Sr. No.Player NameTypePrice Paid
01.Amit HoodaDefenderRetained
03.Nitin RawalAll-RounderRetained
04.Sachin NarwalAll-RounderRetained
05.Pavan TRDefenderRetained
06.Sushil GuliaRaiderRetained
07.Elavarasan ADefenderRetained
08.Shaul KumarDefender10 lac
09.Amit NagarRaider10 lac
10.AshokRaider10 lac
11.AmitDefender20 lac
12.Arjun DeshwalRaider96 lac
13.NaveenRaider22 lac
14.Dharmaraj CheralathanDefender20 lac
15.Sandeep Kumar DhullDefender45 lac
16.Deepak Niwas HoodaAll-Rounder55 lac
17.Amir Hossein MohammadmalekiRaider10 lac
18.Mohammad Amin NosratiRaider11 lac


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