Mumbai: Season VII Player auctions of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi ended on a high note with Franchises building a strong squad with a balanced set of Raiders, Defenders and All-rounders. Siddharth Desai sold for INR 1.45 Crore and Nitin Tomar sold for INR 1.20 Crore were the Crorepati buys of the season. Domestic Category B also saw some big buys which includes Manjeet bought by Puneri Paltans for 63 Lakhs, and K Prapanjan joining the Bengal Warriors for INR 55.5 Lakhs. At the end, a total of INR over 50 crores was spent on 200 players, a huge jump from the season 6 auctions. Among the foreign players, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh was the highest paid player of INR 77.75 Lakhs
The player auctions was a strategic and well-thought construction of teams by Franchisees for a competitive league experience. Final Bid Match (FBM) was utilised by most teams to showcase their interest in building team continuity.
Commenting at the closure of the three-day auctions, Anupam Goswami, CEO Mashal Sports and League Commissioner VIVO Pro Kabaddi said, “The end of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season VII player auction marks yet another remarkable moment for Kabaddi as a sport. The squads look competitive for the upcoming season which will pave the way for an exciting season. The bidding strategies displayed by each Franchise stand testament to the evolution of the sport and the league. The teams look well-balanced and are a mix of young and experienced players. I look forward to VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season VII being an exciting event for all our fans, sponsors and teams.”
Commenting on the Player auctions, Representative from the Title Sponsor ‘VIVO India’ Mr. Nipun Marya, Director-Brand Strategy, said: “VIVO Pro Kabaddi League is getting bigger with each passing season, and we are proud to be the sponsor of the biggest Kabaddi League in the world since 2017. During the last two seasons, we have seen a great response for our products during PKL and we would like to thank the fans for all their support. Considering the gaining popularity of Kabaddi among the youth, we are glad to promote the sport in the country. VIVO as a brand has always believed in promoting sports in India and our best wishes are with the all the young players making their debut this season.”
Reacting to the auctions, Siddharth Desai from Telegu Titans said, “I jumped with joy when I saw the result of my bid. I come from a humble background; my father is a farmer and I know how difficult it is to become a Kabaddi player. I would like to thank Telugu Titans for believing in me and handing me the opportunity to showcase my talent. Now that I have been sold for such a high price I will make sure I give my 100% and make the team proud.”
Reacting to the auctions, Nitin Tomar from Puneri Paltans said,“PuneriPaltans is home to me, and I am extremely happy that the franchise used the FBM card to retain me in the team. I will take this opportunity to raise my performance leveland win for my team. I will give my 100% and maintain my fitness level to make sure that Season VII for PuneriPaltans is a successful one”