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Pro Kabaddi: PKL 2019's top raider Naveen Kumar to feature in today's match

With 185 raid points to his name, Naveen is just 15 away from reaching the 200 raid point mark in a season for the first time in his career

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Naveen Kumar, PKL 2019, Dabang delhi vs Gujarat Fortunegiants
Naveen Kumar

In Match 94 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, will take on at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune on Monday. have dominated the head to head comparison so far with eight wins in 11 matches. However, when the two teams locked horns in PKL 2019, defeated in a thriller by one point (34-33). Naveen Kumar has scored 14 raid points in the match for Delhi while Chandran Ranjit chipped in with 6 raid points. It will be interesting to see how today’s match unfold given Delhi are table-toppers now while Titans are stationed at 11th position in Pro Kabaddi 2019 team standings.

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Siddharth Desai vs Naveen Kumar: Two raiders enjoying contrasting fortunes in their second season

Siddharth Desai and Naveen Kumar both made an immediate impact in their debut season (PKL 2018). But their second seasons have gone very differently. Siddharth Desai has not matched the heights he reached last season. Meanwhile, Naveen Kumar has already gone better than what he managed last season and is close to reaching 200 raid points for the first time in a season. There was nothing much to choose between the two raiders last season with Siddharth scoring 218 raid points and Naveen finishing with 172. But this season Naveen has already scored 70 raid points more and 11 more Super 10s than Siddharth.

Siddharth Desai vs. Naveen Kumar – PKL
PKL 6 Vs PKL 7
Siddharth Desai Naveen Kumar Siddharth Desai Naveen Kumar
21 22 Matches 14 15
218 172 Raid Points 113 185
10.4 7.8 Avg. Raid Pts. 8.1 12.3
12 8 Super 10s 3 14
68 56 Raid SR 55 61
It can be argued in favour of Siddharth that his usage has been a lot less than some of the top raiders of, including Naveen. Since Telugu Titans play a more controlled game than some of the top raiding teams, Siddharth has taken only 35% of the team’s raids.

Siddharth Desai vs PKL 2019's Top 3 Raiders
Raider Total Raids by Team Total Raids by Raider % of Team’s Raids
Pawan Sehrawat (BLR) 670 294 44%
Naveen Kumar (DEL) 605 302 50%
Pardeep Narwal (PAT) 677 317 47%
Siddharth Desai (HYD) 577 204 35%

Naveen Kumar has a double century in his sights

With 185 raid points to his name, Naveen is just 15 away from reaching the 200 raid point mark in a season for the first time in his career. He is currently averaging just over 12 raid points per game, so it is very much a possibility that he could complete it in today’s match. Pardeep Narwal in PKL 5 (15th match) and Pawan Sehrawat this season (16th match) have been the fastest to reach 200 raid points in a season. If Naveen completes it in today’s match, he will match Pawan’s record.

Fastest to 200 Raid Points In a Season
Raider Season Matches
Pardeep Narwal PKL 5 15
Pawan Sehrawat PKL 2019 16
Naveen Kumar PKL 2019 16 (If he scores 15 raid points today)

He is on a run of 13 consecutive Super 10s, which is the most by any raider in the history of PKL. He has been one of the most consistent raiders this season as seen from the fact that he has 14 Super 10s from his 15 matches. His lowest score in a match has been 7 raid points.

Most Consecutive SUPER 10s – PKL (in a Season)
Season No. of Consecutive Matches
Naveen Kumar PKL 7 13*
Pardeep Narwal PKL 5 8
Deepak Hooda PKL 6 6
(All figures overall PKL; figure in brackets shows since PKL 6)
  • Siddharth Desai (HYD) 5 – 4 Ravinder Pahal (DEL) [all since PKL 6]
  • Siddharth Desai (HYD) 6 – 1 Vishal Mane (DEL) [all since PKL 6]
  • Siddharth Desai (HYD) 6 – 4 Joginder Narwal (DEL) [all since PKL 6]
  • Chandran Ranjit (DEL) 2 – 3 Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) [all since PKL 6]
  • Meraj Sheykh (DEL) 3 – 1 Abozar Mighani (HYD) [2-1 since PKL 6]

First Published: Mon, September 16 2019. 17:11 IST