NEW DELHI: As the clock ticks down on the auction for the next edition of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), the players are eagerly looking forward to the 10th season of the league that has given a new identity to the sport of kabaddi.
The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is on the cusp of completing its landmark tenth season this year, one of the most influential figures in the kabaddi circuit and MVP winner in Season 2 - Manjeet Chillar, who has seen the rise of the Pro Kabaddi League from Season 1 to 9, talked about how PKL has changed their lives.
Chillar couldn't hold back his emotions when he was asked about his excitement for Season 10.
"It's a great feeling. I have been a part of the Pro Kabaddi League since the very first season. I also dreamed that I would get to participate in the 10th season, but unfortunately, I had to retire after the eighth season. It’s an emotional moment for all the Kabaddi players who have ever participated in the league," Chillar was quoted as saying by the organisers.
The all-rounder, who scored 67 raid points and 40 tackle points in the second season of PKL also went down memory lane to speak about his fondest memories of the Pro Kabaddi League.
"I think my best moment in Pro Kabaddi was winning the league in the eighth season with Dabang Delhi K.C. Until that point, I had all kinds of medals on my shelf except for the Pro Kabaddi League title. This was a long-time target for me," he said.
The PKL will take its first step towards hosting the landmark tenth season through a grand PKL Season 10 Auction in September.
Looking back at his experience of being a part of the first-ever PKL Auction, Chillar said, "I have always played Kabaddi to earn a name, and when the first season was about to begin, I just wanted to be a part of a team more than anything else. The auction took place when we were part of an Indian team training camp in Bengaluru, and the whole team was sitting together. When I was picked by the Bengaluru Bulls, I was really happy because I was going to play under the guidance of Randhir sir," said Manjeet Chillar.
The former Pro Kabaddi League star also stated that PKL has completely changed the players' outlook towards the sport.
"Before the Pro Kabaddi League took place, we were only known by our friends and family members, even if we won any international tournaments. After the first season in 2014, when we came back after winning the Asian Games Gold Medal, we actually saw the impact of the league. There were 8,000–10,000 people waiting for us outside the airport, something that we had never witnessed before," signed off Chillar.
The Pro Kabaddi League Season 10 Auction will be held on September 8 and 9 in Mumbai. The dates for the tenth season of PKL will be announced soon.