PKL Auctions LIVE: Jaipur Pink Panthers retains Deepak Niwas Hooda

Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) players auctions being held in Mumbai. This is Shyam Vasudevan taking you through the a(u)ction as it unfurls.

7:12pm: Puneri Paltan and Haryana Steelers are engaged in an intense battle for Rohit Gulia’s signture. The offer is now at ₹81 Lakh, ₹41L above his base price.

7:11pm: Rohit Gulia triggers a bidding war and Puneri Paltan seems very keen to acquire his services. We’re currently at ₹70L with Puneri Paltan.

7:08pm: Rohit Gulia is the next player in the fray. His base price is also ₹30L.

7:08pm: RETAINED! Jaipur Pink Panthers uses its FBM to retain Deepak Niwas Hooda at ₹55 Lakh! Deepak’s association with the team as captain looks set to continue.

7:07pm: SOLD! Patna Pirates sign Deepak Niwas Hooda for ₹55 Lakh.

7:06pm: Bengaluru Bulls get us started off with a bid of ₹50L for Deepak, Patna Pirates makes it ₹55L.

7:04pm: Deepak Niwas Hooda, the number one all-rounder of the Pro Kabaddi League, will be the first player to go under the hammer in this evening’s auction. His base price is ₹30L.

7:02pm: And the auctions get underway in Mumbai. We begin with the Category A all-rounders.

7pm: Deepak Niwas Hooda, the national team captain, will be one of the most sought after players in today’s auction. One of the fittest kabaddi players in the League, Deepak has established himself as one of the most versatile all-rounders in PKL. Captain of the Jaipur Pink Panthers last season, he was also their highest-earning player – with a Rs. 1.15 CR tag. He’s among ourpick of five players who could cross the ₹1 crore mark today –

PKL Auction 2021: Five Indian stars who could cross the 1 CR INR mark

Deepak Niwas Hooda’s Super 10 guided Jaipur Pink Panthers to a comfortable win over U Mumba in their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2019) clash on Monday.   –  PKL MEDIA


6:55pm: While we wait for the auctions to begin, here’s a quick throwback to an interesting chat we had with the Sultan, Fazel Atrachalli –


6:50pm: With 1014 points, 40 Super-10s and countless moments of brilliance in the history of the tournament, Rahul Chaudhari remains one of the biggest superstars in the sport. We caught up with him as part of our Kings of Kabaddi series and here’s him talking about his collection of cars, his fascination for agriculture and how much he misses ghee during the PKL season.


6:45pm: Patna Pirates’ coach Ram Meher Singh says Pardeep was eager to feature in the auction this year. Pardeep, however, is also keen to return to Patna Pirates. The three-time champion can retain Pardeep using the Final Bid Match (FBM) card. The Final Bid Match (FBM) rule allows teams to retain a player by matching the final bid made for him. Each team can use the FBM twice in the auction.

Patna Pirates has one FBM left as it used the other to retain Jang Kun Lee earlier today.

6:40pm: So we will have 19 category A players at the auction today. Here are the big names –


Chandran Ranjit
K. Prapanjan
Pardeep Narwal
Prashanth Kumar Rai
Rahul Chaudhari
Rohit Kumar
Shrikant Jadhav
Siddharth Sirish Desai


Deepak Niwas Hooda
Rohit Gulia


Surender Singh
Vishal Bhardwaj
PO Surjeet Singh
Sandeep Kumar (Dhull)
Mahender Singh
Baldev Singh
Ravinder Pahal


6:35pm: Wondering how much money each team has left? Fret not, we’ve got you covered –
PKL 2021 auctions: Teams’ remaining purse ahead of Category A auction

6:30pm: Each team goes into the auctions with a purse of ₹4.4 crore. However, a team’s funds will reduce based on the number of players it retains ahead of the auction. Tamil Thalaivas, which retained none of its elite players, goes into today’s auction with the highest purse of ₹3.96 crore.


6:25pm: Speaking of Siddharth, we caught up with him and his elder brother Suraj who teamed up with him at Telugu Titans last season. From their childhood squabbles to Siddharth’s passion for music, here’s feel-good interview with the Desai brothers –


6:20pm: Siddharth Desai, who was bought by the Telugu Titans for a whopping ₹1.45 crore last season, is eager to better his performances this season. “I made a come back from a shoulder injury last season and had a shorter rehab than I would have liked, My start was poor but I got better as my shoulder recovered and I equalled my best career performance [he scored 220 points, one point shy of the 221 he secured for U Mumba in season six]. I am not nervous but excited since my performances have been good and I have big hopes from the auction. I look forward to doing bigger and better things this season around,” he says.

More on that here:

PKL auction 2021: Owners and players expect teams to go “all-out”

Star raider Siddharth Desai, PKL’s second-most expensive player, will go under the hammer in the 2021 auction.   –  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT


6:15pm: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, who was the leading scorer last season with 360 points, feels Pardeep is the name to look out for in today’s auction. “I feel Pardeep will attract a record-high bid. His nickname is ‘Record-breaker’ and he has been doing it on the mat for years and now I expect he will do the same in the auction too,” he says.

6:10 pm: Throwback to Pardeep Narwal’s interview with Sportstar where he shares his excitement for the auction. An excerpt: “Mujhe bohot khushi ho rahi hai ki mai pehli bar aaya hun auctions mein. [This is the first time I am in the auction and I am thrilled about it. I can’t say what will happen, which team will pick me or if Patna Pirates will retain me, but I am very excited],” he says.  Read the full interview here.

Pardeep Narwal

Pardeep Narwal has been widely touted to attract the highest bid and become the most-expensive PKL player of all time.   –  Rajeev Bhatt


6 pm: 30 minutes to go as some of the biggest names in Indian kabaddi go under the hammer. Here’s our pick of PKL veterans who are likely to get the big bucks. Who are you looking forward to the most?

We have a whole auction guide to get you started, if you’re just discovering the auction this season. Keep up with our updates here to see where your favourite players head in PKL8.

PKL auction 2021: Owners and players expect teams to go “all-out”

The three-day Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season eight player auctions will see the 12 teams will battle it out to sign the 500-plus players who will go under the hammer. The eighth season was to be held last year but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will begin in December this year. It will be the first indoor sporting league to begin in the country since the pandemic.

Here’s all you need to know about the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) player auctions:

When will the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) player auctions be held?

The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) player auctions will be held in Mumbai from August 29-31. The New Young Players (NYP) draft will take place on August 29, while the overseas and Category A players and Category A (domestic players) will go under the hammer on August 30. The auction for categories B, C, D and unallocated players will be held the following day.

Pardeep Narwal thrilled and looking forward to PKL auction 

What are the different player categories, and what are the base prices?

The Pro Kabaddi League player auction will have three categories of players – domestic, New Young Players (NYP) and overseas.

Under this, the domestic players are further divided into categories – A, B, C and D. The players in category A have a base price of ₹30 lakh, while category B players have a base price of ₹20 lakh. Category C and D have a base price of ₹10 lakh and ₹6 lakh respectively.

How many overseas players can a team field in the Pro Kabaddi League?

Each team has to field a minimum of two and a maximum of four foreign players in their roster.

How much money can each team spend in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) auction?

The 12 teams will each have a total player purse of ₹4.4 crores. However, a team’s funds will reduce based on the number of players it retains ahead of the auction. A player’s total salary for the PKL season is determined by the price at which he is signed by a team.

What is the Final Bid Match and how can a team use it?

The Final Bid Match (FBM) rule allows teams to retain a player by matching the final bid made for him.

Each team can use the FBM twice in the auction. However, it also depends on the number of players retained by the team. If a team retains all of its maximum allotted six players, then it cannot use an FBM card. If it retains five players, then it can avail the FMB once. If the team retains less than five players, then it can use the FMB twice.

PKL 8: Pardeep Narwal, Deepak Hooda, Siddharth Desai not retained, to be a part of Pro Kabaddi League auction

What is the maximum number of players each Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) team can have?

Each Pro Kabaddi League team needs to have a minimum of 18 players and a maximum of 25.

Where can you watch the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) auction in India?

The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) player auction will be telecast live on the Star Sports network and streamed on the Disney+ Hotstar app on August 31 from 6.30 pm onwards.

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