Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 has started to grip the fans into a frenzy with Vivo PKL Auction 2018 taking the center stage on May 30 and 31 in Mumbai. Pro Kabaddi Auction 2018 will see a total of 422 players go under the hammer including 34 young players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme (FKH). With all that said and done, fans are anticipating a great Pro Kabaddi Season 6 Auction and we take a look at 5 things to expect in the Pro Kabaddi 2018 Auctions.
1). Teams going all-out for Rahul Chaudhari and Monu Goyat
Pro Kabaddi Auction 2018 has got the fans excited with Rahul Chaudhari being part of the IPL 2018 auctions. Telugu Titans decided not to retain before the Pro Kabaddi Season 6 Auction takes center stage on May 30 and May 31 in Mumbai. The decision to not retain Rahul Chaudhari did come as a surprise to the fans and all the PKL 2018 teams which will definitely give all the teams a huge opportunity to sign Pro Kabaddi League’s all-time top raider and now allow Telugu Titans to use their Final Bid Match for the star raider. Same as happened with Monu Goyat who was not retained by Patna Pirates despite scoring 191 raid points. Part of the reason is understood to be that Patna already has Pardeep Narwal and they might as well focus on defense instead of keeping another superstar raider on their books. If this notion is indeed correct, Vivo PKL Auction 2018 will see teams go all out to sign Monu Goyat as he can turn any team into a title-winning side.
2). Defenders being targetted at the Pro Kabaddi Season 6 Auction
Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 was the first time where the competition went for 3 months and saw a total of 138 matches were played. As the PKL Season 5 went into the latter stages, teams began to find out that defenders found it harder to adjust to the demand of the league and could not cope up with the constant need to defend. That is where Pro Kabaddi Season 6 Auction could be about PKL 2018 teams wanting to sure up their defense and make sure they have enough defensive resources in their armor. Like the star raiders Rahul Chaudhari and Monu Goyat, plenty of defenders are up for grabs at the PKL 6 Auction. While several teams have kept hold of their main defenders, other teams will be keeping an eye for the available defenders at the Vivo PKL Auction 2018. Haryana Steelers star Surender Nada will lead the list of defenders up for the auction at the Pro Kabaddi Auction.
3). Expect the unknown players to fetch a greater fee
One of the major aspects of Pro Kabaddi Auction 2018 is the introduction of Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme (FKH) where all the teams will have to pick players from this initiative with each PKL team has the option of picking up to three players from the FKH. While the media and the fans are raving about the known players who are part of the Pro Kabaddi Season 6 Auction, however, only the team scouts know the capabilities of these young Kabaddi players and we never know someone from the FKH programme could end up being the next Sachin of PKL. Gujarat Fortunegiants scouts were given a massive thumbs-up for signing Sachin after watching his domestic performances and the youngster had a season to remember where he scored 159 raid points and was retained by his franchise for the 2018 season. We might see someone young and totally unknown go for a huge price at the Pro Kabaddi Season 6 Auction.
4). Pro Kabaddi Auction dominated by “Final Bid Match”
Prior to the Vivo PKL Auction 2018, all the teams were told about the new “Final Bid Match” option being introduced at the PKL 2018 auction. The Final Bid Match option will depend on the players retained by each team. If the team decided to retain the maximum quota of 4 players, they will get 1 Final Bid Match option at the PKL Season 6 auction but if the team as retained less than 4 players, they will get 2 Final Bid Match options where they can match the highest bid during the PKL 2018 auction for a player who was part of their squad last season.
In this case, Patna Pirates may have decided not to retain Monu Goyat beforehand but they can use their only Final Bid Match option during the PKL 6 Auction and re-sign Monu Goyat for the Patna Pirates. Same can happen with Rahul Chaudhari and Telugu Titans where the players who were not retained by the franchise at first could yet play for the same franchise at the PKL Season 6.
5). PKL Season 6 Auction to break the INR 1 Cr barrier
Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 auction saw Nitin Tomar become the costliest buy of all time when UP Yoddha splashed INR 93 Lacs on the superstar raider. Like PKL Season 6, this year’s auction will be bigger and better than last season and many believe that Nitin Tomar’s price tag of INR 9 lacs will be eclipsed during the Pro Kabaddi Auction 2018. There are plenty of players who are in the auction pool for the 2018 season who are likely to fetch big bucks and INR 1 Cr could be the benchmark price teams have to beat to sign quality players at the Pro Kabaddi Auction 2018.