PKL auctions: Monu Goyat goes for Rs. 1.51 cr

Monu Goyat became the most expensive player of PKL after he was bought by Haryana Steelers for Rs. 1.51 crore.

Published : May 30, 2018 20:26 IST

Deepak Hooda was bought by Jaipur Pink Panthers for a record Rs. 1.15 crore.
Deepak Hooda was bought by Jaipur Pink Panthers for a record Rs. 1.15 crore.

Deepak Hooda was bought by Jaipur Pink Panthers for a record Rs. 1.15 crore.

For a few hours on Wednesday, Iranian Fazel Atrachali held the record for being the most expensive player in PKL history after U Mumbai bought the defender for Rs. 100 lakh. He had broken the previous high of Rs. 93 lakh that raider Nitin Tomar received the previous season.

Then began the auction for List A players, and the record kept getting rewritten, again and again.

First, all-rounder Deepak Niwas Hooda was bought by Jaipur Pink Panthers for Rs. 1.15 crore. Soon after, raider Nitin Tomar's services was procured by Puneri Paltan for the same amount. And all hell broke loose. UP Yoddha opened its purse to retain Rishank Devadiga (Rs. 111 lakh) with a Final Bid Match against Dabang Delhi; Rahul Chaudhari went for a gobsmacking Rs. 1.29 crore to Telugu Titans (another FBN) and Monu Goyat was frantically bid for, with Haryana Steelers retaining him for an eye-popping Rs. 1.51 crore!

But it all began with Deepak Hooda's auction in the evening. 

The all-rounder from Haryana began with a base price of Rs. 20 lakh. There were no doubts that he would command a good price at the PKL auctions on Wednesday. After all, he had shown consistent growth in all the five seasons of Pro Kabaddi League and scored a humongous 186 points in the previous season for Puneri Paltan while also captaining the team. 

But the bidding was beyond what Deepak could have hoped for, if his reactions were any indications. The teams kept bidding and Deepak's smile kept getting wider. He looked visibly overwhelmed by the process as the bidding escalated from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 70 lakh in a minute, with Jaipur Pink Panthers ultimately snapping the player for a whopping Rs. 1.15 crore.

" I am extremely excited but understand my responsibility for Jaipur Pink Panthers in the upcoming VIVO Pro Kabaddi season VI. I am feeling extremely proud today! I was expecting bids to come close to 1 crore but could not believe it when it passed 1 crore and kept going," Deepak Hooda said. 

"He will definitely miss Pune because I played 3 seasons with them and got to know them quite well. I am now going to go home as fast as possible to celebrate this incredible day with my sister and her children,” he said.

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