This edition of the League has got bigger with the addition of four new entrants. Gujarat Fortune Giants, UP Yoddhas, Tamil Thalaivas and Haryana Steelers will join Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, U Mumba and Telugu Titans to make it a 12-team affair. A total of 138 matches will be played in a span of 13 weeks.
The second match of the day will be a Maharashtra derby with former champions U Mumba taking on Puneri Paltan, who finished third in last two seasons. The launch of PKL in 2014 has given kabaddi a new dimension. For long, kabaddi was considered just a sure-shot gold medal for India in Asian Games, nothing more. And for decades, it’s been a popular pastime sport in villages and small towns, particularly during festive seasons. PKL has reinvented the game. With a splash of colour, an array of stars and action-filled entertainment, the game soon caught the nation’s attention.
From hinterland to a must watch prime-time entertainment in top metros – kabaddi has covered enough distance already.
“Everything has changed. There were times when even a World Cup triumph went unnoticed as there was no one to appreciate us. Thanks to PKL, kabaddi players have become hugely popular now.