Mangaluru, May 25, 2017: Three Mangalurean Kabaddi players have been auctioned for big bucks in the Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Auction held recently. Rishank Devadiga was sold for Rs 45.5 lakh to Team Uttar Pradesh, Sukesh Hegde for Rs 31.5 lakhs to Gujarat and Prashant Kumar Rai for Rs 21 lakh to Haryana.
Rishank Devadiga, Sukesh Hegde and Prashant Kumar Rai
Rishank Devadiga, a Mangalurean settled in Mumbai represented Maharashtra and won the bronze medal at the 2012 National Championship. A do-or-die raid specialist, Devadiga is one of the most powerful raiders in the all-important third raid. Another player whose exclusion from the Indian squad for the Kabaddi World Cup took many by surprise, Devadiga would be keen to continue his rich vein of form from the last two seasons with his new team Uttar Pradesh. The 23-year-old raider has showed an upward curve in his performances from the first season and the Uttar Pradesh think-tank would feel they have acquired a top player at the price of Rs 45.5 lakh.
Sukesh Hegde who is a resident of Karkala represented Karnataka in Senior National Championship in 2014. Recognized for his sharp raiding skills, Sukesh was one of the two Karnataka players to be selected for the six-member Indian squad for the Beach Asian Games, held in Thailand in November 2015.
Prashanth Rai, a resident of Puttur and an Alumnus of St Philomena College Puttur and former captain of Mangalore University Kabaddi team is an ace raider