All the seasons so far
The second season of Pro Kabaddi League ran from 18th July until 23rd August 2015. This season had 60 matches, and they were divided in the same manner as in the first season. Mumbai won the Season 2 title after defeating Bengaluru Bulls 36-30 in the finals. Titans stood in third place in Pro Kabaddi League Season 2.
Before the start of Pro Kabaddi League Season 3, Sanjay Gupta, COO of Star Sports said there should be two legs of this league. The first leg would run in January-February 2016, and the second leg in June-July2016. Gupta's argument was that Pro Kabaddi should run for 10 weeks and not 5, and should be spread out in a year.
Patna Pirates won the Season 3 by beating Mumbai in the finals by 3 points. Puneri Paltan came in third place. Delhi played host to the final match.
Pro Kabaddi's Season 4 was interesting for another reason. This was the year when Mashal Sports launched the Women's Kabaddi League. Three women's teams participated in this event- Ice Divas, Storm Queens and Fire Birds.
In the men's section, Patna Pirates became the winners yet again by beating the Pink Panthers in the finals. Finally, Hyderabad played host to the Pro Kabaddi Season 4 finals.
This season would be remembered by Kabaddi sports lovers for many reasons. First, Mashal expanded the league by bringing in four new teams — Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.
The Gujarat franchise was bought by Gautam Adani, while Haryana went over to JSW.GMR acquired the Uttar Pradesh franchise, while Sachin Tendulkar bought over the Tamil Nadu Thalaivas.
Next, were some more big payouts. Nitin Tomar was the most expensive player in this season. UP Yoddhas picked him for INR 93 lakhs. Rohit Kumar of Bengaluru Bulls was the second-most expensive player; his price tag was INR 81 lakhs. Finally, Lee Jang-kun of Bengal was the priciest overseas player, after being retained for INR 80.3 lakhs.
Patna Pirates scored a hat-trick by winning this season's title. In the finals, they beat Gujarat Fortune 55-38. Pardeep Narwal of Patna was the Man of the Match for his 19 raid points.
Pro-Kabaddi League's Season 5 is the biggest tournament so far. It had 138 matches played during 13 weeks and across 11 states. Mashal also launched its first Junior Kabaddi League this season.
Played in 2018, season 6 of Pro Kabaddi saw some of the most expensive player auctions. Monu Goyal became the most expensive player after he was acquired by Haryana Steelers for INR 1.5 crores. The most expensive foreign player was Fazel Atrachali of Iran; he was picked up by U Mumbai for an impressive INR 1 crore.
Bengaluru won the finals after beating Gujarat Fortune Giants 38-33. Pavan Sehrawat scored 22 raid points against Gujarat and became the Man of the Tournament. This was the second time Gujarat had lost out in the finals.
In this season, Pro Kabaddi reverted to the round-robin format. All the 12 teams had to play against all the other clubs twice. While the top 6 teams qualified for the play-offs, the two top clubs headed to the semis. In this manner, Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors entered the finals, where Bengal beat its opponent 39-34 and won the Pro Kabaddi title.
This season saw several new records being made. Pardeep Narwal became the first player to score 1,000 points in all the Pro Kabaddi matches. On the other hand, Naveen Kumar scored 21 Super 10s in this tournament, and 22 overall. Neeraj Kumar scored the most points (11) against any team in the defender category and equaled the record of Mohit Chillar.
Season 6 also saw some crazy Kabaddi betting for players. Siddharth Sirish Desai became the most expensive Indian player after being picked up by Telugu Titans for INR 1.45 crores. On the other hand, Iranian Mohammad Ismaeil went on to become the priciest foreign player. Bengal Warriors acquired him for INR 77.75 lakhs.
As pointed earlier, Season 8 of the Pro Kabaddi League was postponed due to the pandemic.