Pro Kabaddi League 9 auction HIGHLIGHTS, Day 1: Pawan Sehrawat joins Tamil Thalaivas for 2.26 Crores; Siddharth Desai value drops to 20 lakhs

Follow live updates, analysis and reactions from the Pro Kabaddi League season 9 auction in Mumbai.

The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season nine player auctions will be held in Mumbai on August 5-6. The 12 teams will battle it out to sign the 500-odd players who will go under the hammer.

The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season nine player auctions will be held in Mumbai on August 5-6. The 12 teams will battle it out to sign the 500-odd players who will go under the hammer. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Follow live updates, analysis and reactions from the Pro Kabaddi League season 9 auction in Mumbai.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League season 9 auction, taking place in Mumbai this weekend. We will bring you news from the big auction as it happens, with on-ground updates coming in from Amol Karhadkar.

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We will also be live covering the Category C and D auctions tomorow, which starts at 10:30 am. See you tomorrow!

That’s it for the night. It started on a high with Nabibakhsh and ended with a bang with Guman Singh. In the first eight editions, we had 10 crorepatis combined.

  • ⦿ U Mumba and Haryana Steelers are involved in a tussle over Guman Singh. The asking price has crossed 80 lakhs. U Mumba splurges 1.2 crores to acquire Guman Singh’s services
  • ⦿ U Mumba gets Ashish for 45 lakhs
  • ⦿ Shrikant Yadav joins the Warriors for his base price 20 lakhs
  • ⦿ Pardeep Kumar will stay with the Gujarat Titans as it uses FBM to retain the raider
  • ⦿ Telugu Titans re-signs Siddharth Desai for 20 lakhs. For a player who was bought by Telugu Titans for a staggering 1.30 Cr. in the 2021 auctions, this comes as a shocking news
  • ⦿ Girish Ernak will play for Bengal Warriors as the Season 7 champion buys him for ₹20 lacs
  • ⦿ U Mumba signs defender Surinder Singh for 35.50 Lakhs
  • ⦿ Sunil Kumar becomes the most expensive Indian defender in this PKL Auction, sold to Jaipur Pink Panthers for ₹90 lacs.
  • ⦿ The defending champion Dabang Delhi K.C. signs defender Vishal for ₹20 lacs.
  • ⦿ Patna Pirates uses its FBM card for Sunil, the right corner defender at ₹21.50 lacs.
  • ⦿ Vishal Bhardwaj returns to the Telugu Titans’ camp for ₹30 lacs.
  • ⦿ Nitin Rawal will don the Haryana Steelers jersey next season, after being bought for ₹37.50 lacs.
  • ⦿ Bengal Warriors has Ajinkya Kapre on board for ₹26 lacs.
UNSOLD players from category B
An array of players go UNSOLD as the auction resumes for Category B players. Here’s a list to make it simple for you guys:
Mohsen Maghsoudlou Jafari, Hadi Oshtorak, Abozar Mighani, Ran Singh, Amit Nirwal, Sukesh Hegde, Ajay Kumar 

We are into category B player auctions now.

We definitely needed this breather after a breathtaking bidding war between U Mumba and Tamil Thalaivas. The Thalaivas went all in for the hi-flyer and are almost broke with just 57 lakhs remaining in their purse. Pawan though would be a bit disappointed as he was hoping for a FBM from Bengaluru Bulls. Don’t go anywhere, as we will bring you all the updates once the auction resumes!

  • ⦿ The best is reserved for the last, Pawan Sehrawat enters the auction! Let the bidding war begin! The opening bid is 1 Cr. from Haryana Steelers!!. We are not surprised though. U Mumba breaks in with a 1.43 Cr. bid. The hi-flyer could well be on the way to becoming the most expensive player in PKL history. The Thalaivas, who missed out on Vikash has joined the race with a 1.56 Cr. bid. AND HE BECOMES THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF PKL. Tamil Thalaivas bids 2 Cr. OH MY! The THALAIVAS HAVE SIGNED PAWAN FOR A WHOPPING 2.26 CRORES!!!

Khandola’s joy does shortlive. Pawat Sehrawat was expected to draw the highest bid ever. Two teams who had been quiet so far were waiting for him. U Mumba and Tamil Thalaivas literally went broke for him. And by the time U Mumba pulled out, the Thalaivas had raised the pedal for an insane Rs 2.26 crore. Ridiculous bidding, with Thalaivas splurging 56.5 per cent of its total team purse of Rs 4.4 crore, says our correspondent Amol who’s as surprised as us.

  • ⦿ Tamil Nadu’s Ajith Kumar is up next, Jaipur Pink Panthers on the verge of signing with a 66 lakhs and has signed him.
  • ⦿ Star raider Vikash Khandola is the the next man. The asking price sky rockets to 75 lakhs from 30 as Bengaluru Bulls and Tamil Thalaivas are in a tug-of-war. Vikash has breached the one crore mark. Bengaluru Bulls improves its bid with a 1.25 Cr. bid. The Thalaivas are going all in with a 1.50 Cr. bid!!! BENGALURU BULLS SIGNS VIKASH FOR 1.70 Cr. as he becomes the MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER IN PKL HISTORY!!!!

And we are back after a short break!

The auction will return after a break and Pawan Sehrawat’s name has still not popped up. Who will end up signing the Hi-flyer? stay tuned to know the answer!

Our correspondent Amol says: Pardeep Narwal fetches PKL’s first Final Bid Match (FBM) - final bid match, which is the kabaddi version of IPL’s right to match card. UP Yoddhas couldn’t be happier despite Gujarat Giants raising the final bid from Rs 72 lakh straight to Rs 90 lakh. Still Narwal would have come as a steal in anything under an eight-digit figure.

  • ⦿ Manjeet, who debuted in the sixth edition of PKL, is up next. Haryana Steelers signs him for 80 lakhs as Tamil Thalaivas denies FBM.
  • ⦿ Charu picks raider Sachin next. Bengaluru Bulls and Gujarat Giants are in a back and forth battle. Giants are the forerunners with a 81 lakh bid but Patna Pirates has used FBM to retain Sachin!!
  • ⦿ The most expensive player in PKL history, Pardeep Narwal is the next player. He comes with a 30 lakh base price. Telugu Titans don’t seem to keep quiet as they rise their paddle first followed by Bengal Warriors. Warriors are leading the race with a 52 lakh bid. GUJARAT TITANS surprises everyone with a whopping 90 lakh but UP Yoddhas pulls out the FBM and have signed Pardeep for 90 lakhs.
  • ⦿ Abhishek Singh comes first. The former U Mumba player with a base price of 30 Lakhs will either go to Tamil Thalaivas or Patna Pirates from the looks of it. UP Yodhhas is in with a 45 Lakh bid. Jaipur is also in contention now with a 46 Lakh bid. TITANS join the parade with a 60 lakh bid and HAVE SIGNED ABHISHEK.

We are moving on to Category A raiders up next. Pawan Sehrawat will be in the pool of players, watch out!

Our correspondent Amol, from Mumbai, says: Pardeep Narwal fetches PKL’s first Final Bid Match (FBM) - final bid match, which is the kabaddi version of IPL’s right to match card. UP Yoddhas couldn’t be happier despite Gujarat Giants raising the final bid from Rs 72 lakh straight to Rs 90 lakh. Still Narwal would have come as a steal in anything under an eight-digit figure.

  • ⦿ Surjeet Singh’s name pops up next and he has a base price set to 30 lakhs. Telugu Titans and Gujarat Giants are fighting for the defender. His price is currently at 50 Lakhs with Telugu Titan. The fiery battle is justified as Surjeet one of the top 5 defenders in PKL history with 331 points. TELUGU TITANS SIGNS SURJEET FOR 50 LAKHS as Tamil Thalaivas decides not to use FBM.
  • ⦿ Formr Jaipur Pink panthers defender Sandeep Dhull is next on the list. Dabang Delhi calls first for his base price, 30 lakhs and SIGNS SANDEEP FOR 40 Lakhs.
  • ⦿ Dabang Delhi starts the bidding for defender Parvesh Bhainswal at the base price of 30 lakhs. Telugu Titans joins the race and is currently leading with a 60 lakh bid. The FBM is with Gujarat Titans. TELUGU TITANS SIGNS PARVESH FOR 62 LAKHS.
  • ⦿ Rohit Gulia, who was with Haryana Steelers last season, is next with 30 Lakh base price. PATNA PIRATES GETS ALL-ROUNDER ROHIT GULIA FOR BASE PRICE.
  • ⦿ Deepak Hooda, the most successful All Rounder in PKL history with 1063 points, is next. Gujarat Titans opens the bidding who are followed by Bengal Warriors. Bengal is currently leading the race with a 43 Lakh bid. AND HE GOES TO BENGAL WARRIORS for 43 Lakhs.
  • ⦿ With a base price of 30 Lakhs, Sandeep Narwal is up next. AND HE IS UNSOLD
  • ⦿ Woah! Sultan Fazel Atrachali, the 2nd most successful defender in PKL (with 367 tackle points) history next up with a base price of 30 lakhs. Telugu Titans are the first to raise their paddle, Dabang Delhi follows. Fierce fight between the Titans and Dabang Delhi that brings up the price to 1 Crore!! U Mumba can use FBM if needed as Puneri Paltan comes in. PUNERI PALTAN SIGNS FAZEL FOR A WHOPPING 1.38 Crore as he becomes the most expensive foreign player in PKL history breaking his own record.
  • ⦿ First up, it’s the big fish Mohammad Nabibakhsh from Iran with a base price of 30 lakhs. Gujarat Giants hops in first followed by Patna Pirates. Gujarat and Patna are on a back and forth battle! Puneri Paltan joins the list. Bengal warriors has FBM that can be used to match the final bid. PUNERI PALTAN GETS NABIBAKHSH FOR 87 Lakhs.

Of the 503 players have been divided in four categories: Category A (base price Rs 30 lakh) has 25 players, Category B (20 lakh) has 28, Cateogry C (Rs 10 lakh) has 353 and Category D (Rs 6 lakh) has 107

The first category will be overseas all- rounders

Three green lights with all the teams at the auction tables denote the number of Final Bid Match (FBM) remaining with the teams, in case you’re wondering!

Charu Sharma, who recently hosted the IPL auction, will be the auctioneer this evening.

And we are underway!

We are just minutes away from the blockbuster auction!

Some big names are up for grabs as Pawan Sehrawat, Pardeep Narwal and Fazel Atrachali are among the players in the auction pool.

Remaining purse of teams
Gujarat Giants - ₹3.63 Cr.
Telugu Titans - ₹3.47 Cr.
U Mumba - ₹3.34 Cr.
Haryana Steelers - ₹3.33 Cr.
Tamil Thalaivas - ₹2.83 Cr.
Bengaluru Bulls - ₹2.81 Cr.
Bengal Warriors - ₹2.76 Cr.
Jaipur Pink Panthers - ₹2.76 Cr.
Puneri Paltan - ₹2.69 Cr.
Patna Pirates - ₹2.12 Cr.
UP Yoddhas - ₹2.11 Cr.
Dabang Delhi KC - ₹1.95 Cr.

“Pehle se haalat kharab hai, auction ko leke. Iske baad baat karte hain” (I’m already tensed, please talk after the auctions) says star raider Pawan Sehrawat. He is a bundle of nerves before the auction. The three time PKL champion is all set to go under the hammer.

Who do you think will sign the hi-flyer?

Here’s an interesting fact: ALL the players from the list of most expensive buys in the history of PKL will be in the auction pool. Even Pardeep Narwal (1.65Cr.), the most expensive player in PKL history, was not retained by UP Yoddha. 

First session of the auction will start at 7:00 pm.

Full list of retained players
BENGAL WARRIORS
Elite Retained Players: Maninder Singh - Raider, Manoj Gowda K. - All-rounder, Akash Pikalmunde - Raider
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Suyog Baban Gaikar - Raider, R Guhan - Raider, Parshant Kumar - Raider, Vaibhav Bhausaheb Garje - Defender
BENGALURU BULLS
Elite Retained Players: Mahender Singh - Defender, Mayur Jagannath Kadam - Defender, More G B - Raider
Retained Young Players: Saurabh Nandal - Defender
Existing New Young Players: Bharat - Raider, Rohit Kumar - Defender, Vinod Lachmayya Naik - Defender
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Aman - Defender, Rajnesh - Defender, Yash Hooda - Defender
DABANG DELHI K.C.
Elite Retained Players: Vijay - All-rounder
Retained Young Players: Naveen Kumar - Raider
Existing New Young Players: Dipak - Defender, Krishan - Defender, Vinay Kumar - Defender, Ashu Malik - Raider
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Ashish Narwal - Raider, Manjeet - Raider, Suraj Panwar - Raider, Vijay - Defender
GUJARAT GIANTS
Elite Retained Players: Sonu - Raider
Existing New Young Players: Rakesh - Raider, Gaurav Chhikara - Raider, Sohit - Raider, Sonu Singh - Raider
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Parteek Dhaiya - Raider, Rohan Singh - All-rounder
HARYANA STEELERS
Retained Young Players: Vinay - Raider
Existing New Young Players: Meetu - Raider, Jaideep - Defender, Ankit - Defender, Mohit - Defender
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Monu - Defender, Naveen - Defender, Harsh - Defender, Sunny - Defender
JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS
Elite Retained Players: Arjun Deshwal - Raider, Sahul Kumar - Defender
Existing New Young Players: Deepak - Defender
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Devank - Raider, Ankush - Defender, Ashish - Defender, Abhishek KS - Defender
PATNA PIRATES
Elite Retained Players: Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh - All-rounder, Sajin Chandrasekar - All-rounder, Monu - Raider, Neeraj Kumar - Defender
Existing New Young Players: Rohit - Raider, Manish - Defender
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Ranjit Venkatramana Naik - Raider, Anuj Kumar - Raider, Naveen Sharma - Defender, Thiyagarajan Yuvaraj - Defender
PUNERI PALTAN
Elite Retained Players: Sombir - Defender, Abinesh Nadarajan - Defender
Retained Young Players: Pankaj Mohite - Raider, Sanket Sawant - Defender
Existing New Young Players: Aslam Inamdar - Raider, Mohit Goyat - Raider, Akash Santosh Shinde - Raider, Shubham Nitin Shelke - Raider, Govind Gurjar - All-rounder
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Aditya Tushar Shinde - Raider, Badal Taqdir Singh - Defender
TAMIL THALAIVAS
Elite Retained Players: Ajinkya Ashok Pawar - Raider
Retained Young Players: Sagar - Defender, Himanshu - Defender, M. Abishek - Defender
Existing New Young Players: Himanshu - Raider, Sahil - Defender, Ashish - Defender, Mohit - Defender
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Himanshu - Raider, Narender - Raider, Jatin - Raider
TELUGU TITANS
Retained Young Players: Ankit Beniwal - Raider, Rajnish - Raider
Existing New Young Players: Muhammed Shihas S - Defender, Palla Ramakrishna - Defender, Prince - Defender
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Vinay - Raider, Mohit Pahal - Defender, Mohit - Defender, Nitin - Defender
U MUMBA
Elite Retained Players: Rinku - Defender
Existing New Young Players: Kamlesh - Raider, Shivam - Raider, Prince - Defender, Rahul - Defender
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Sachin - Raider, Pranay Vinay Rane - Raider, Rupesh - Raider, Shivansh Thakur - Defender
U.P. YODDHAS
Elite Retained Players: Nitesh Kumar - Defender
Retained Young Players: Surender Gill - Raider, Sumit - Defender, Ashu Singh - Defender
Existing New Young Players: Nitin Panwar - All-rounder, Shubham Kumar - Defender, Aman - Raider, Rohit Tomar - Raider
Franchisee Nominated New Young Players: Durgesh Kumar - Raider, Mahipal - Raider, Anil Kumar - Raider
TEAM COMPOSITION MANDATES

Each Pro Kabaddi League team needs to have a minimum of 18 players and a maximum of 25.

HOW MUCH CAN TEAMS SPEND IN THE AUCTION?

The 12 teams will each have a total player purse of ₹4.4 crores. However, a team's funds will reduce based on the number of players it retains ahead of the auction. A player’s total salary for the PKL season is determined by the price at which he is signed by a team.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: AUCTION GUIDE

The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season nine player auctions will be held in Mumbai on August 5-6. The 12 teams will battle it out to sign the 500-odd players who will go under the hammer.

The Domestic, Overseas, and New Young Players (NYPs) will be divided into four categories: Category A, B, C and D. The players will be further sub-divided as ‘All-Rounders’, ‘Defenders’ and ‘Raiders’ within each category.

The base prices for each of the categories are:

Category A – INR 30 Lakhs

Category B – INR 20 Lakhs

Category C – INR 10 Lakhs

Category D – INR 6 Lakhs.

The PKL teams also have a choice of retention of players from their respective squads from last season, as per the league policies. The franchisees are allowed to retain up to 6 players under the Elite Retained Players category and up to 4 New Young Players (NYPs) under stipulated conditions in each PKL season. The players, who are not retained by the franchisees from the pool of 500+ players, will go under the hammer during the two-day auction process in Mumbai.

The Season 9 Player Pool has been expanded to 500+ including the 24 players from the top 2 teams of the Khelo India University Games 2021, Bangalore.

WHERE CAN YOU WATCH THE AUCTION

The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) player auction will be telecast live on the Star Sports network and streamed on the Disney+ Hotstar app on August 5-6 from 6.30 pm onwards.

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