The sixth edition of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) begins on October 07, 2018. Earlier, as per the initial PKL 2018 schedule, the tournament was scheduled to kick-off on October 05 but later was postponed due to logistical issues. Meanwhile, the PKL 6 begins with defending champions Patna Pirates taking on Tamil Thalaivas at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai. On the same day, in the second match, Puneri Paltan will face U Mumba.
The first leg of PKL 2018 will take place in Chennai and then the action will subsequently move to Sonepat, Pune, Patna, Greater Noida, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Kolkata. The PKL 6 playoffs will be held in Kochi on December 30 and 31, while the final of the league will be held on January 5, 2019, in Mumbai. The PKL 6 will apparently run from October to January.
Meanwhile, Patna Pirates come into the tournament as the defending champions. Last season, in the finals Pirates, defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 to clinch their third consecutive title. Jaipur Pink Panthers and U Mumba won the first and second season respectively and since then Pirates have been dominating the show.
PKL 6 Complete Squads:
Bengal Warriors- Defenders: PO Surjeet Singh, Ameares Mondal, Ziaur Rahman, Baldev Singh, Vijin Thangadurai, Manoj Dhull. Raiders: Mithin Kumar, Jang Kun Lee, Mahesh Goud, Amit Kumar, Amit Nagar, Rakesh Narwal, Ashish. All-rounders: Vittal Meti, Bhupender Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Ran Singh, Ravindra Ramesh Kumawat.
Bengaluru Bulls- Defenders: Amit Sheoran, Mahender Singh, Ashish Kumar, K. Jawahar Vivek, Sandeep Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhaka, B. R. Nithesh, Raju Lal Choudhary. Raiders: Rohit Kumar, Harish Naik, Sumit Singh, Kashiling Adake, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, V. Anand, Anil, Rohit. All-rounders: Jasmer Singh Gulia, Mahesh Maruti Magdum, Dong Ju Hong, Gyung Tae Kim.
Dabang Delhi- Defenders: Tushar Balaram Bhoir, Satpal, Viraj Vishnu Landge, Vishal Mane, Joginder Singh Narwal, Anil Kumar, Ravinder Pahal. Raiders: Naveen Kumar, Khomsan Thongkham, Pawan Kumar Kadian, Chandran Ranjit, Shabeer Bappu, Yogesh Hooda, Kamal Kishor Jat. All-rounders: Sidharth, Rajesh Narwal, Vishal, Meraj Sheykh, Tapas Pal.
Gujarat Fortunegiants- Defenders: Sunil Kumar, C. Kalai Arasan, Amit Vikram Kandola, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sachin Vittala, Amit Jaivir Sharma. Raiders: Dharmender, Yashwant Bishnoi, Shubham Ashok Palkar, Ajay Kumar, K. Prapanjan, Dong Geon Lee, Lalit Chaudhary, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Sachin. All-rounders: Rohit Gulia, Hadi Oshtorak, Anil.
Haryana Steelers- Defenders: Vikas, Neeraj Kumar, Surender Nada, Sachin Shingade, Amit Singh. Raiders: H. N. Arun Kumar, Md. Zakir Hossain, Wazir Singh, Monu Goyat, Anand Surendra Tomar, Bhuvneshwar Gaur. All-rounders: Prateek, Patrick Nzau Muvai, Mayur Shivtarkar, Kuldeep Singh.
Jaipur Pink Panthers- Defenders: Nitin Rawal, Santhapanaselvam, Young Chang Ko, Mohit Chhillar, Sandeep Kumar Dhull, Bajirao Hodage. Raiders: Ajit Singh, Lokesh Kaushik, David Shilisia J Mosambayi, Anup Kumar, K. Selvamani, Gangadhari Mallesh, Sunil Siddhgavali, Anand Patil. All-rounders: Deepak Niwas Hooda, Brijendra Singh Chaudhary, N. Shiva Ramakrishna.
Patna Pirates- Defenders: Jaideep, Manish, Vikas Kale, Ravinder Kumar, Vijay Kumar. Raiders: Pardeep Narwal, Deepak Narwal, Surender Singh, Tushar Patil, Vikas Jaglan, Manjeet. All-rounders: Kuldeep Singh, Hyunil Park, Taedeok Eom, Parveen Birwal, Arvind Kumar, Vijay, Jawahar Dagar.
Puneri Paltan- Defenders: Girish Maruti Ernak, Rinku Narwal, Vikash Khatri, Ravi Kumar, Vinod Kumar. Raiders: G. B. More, Rajesh Mondal, Nitin Tomar, Deepak Kumar Dahiya, Parvesh, Akshay Jadhav. All-rounders: Takamitsu Kono, Sanjay Shrestha, Amit Kumar, Monu, Sandeep Narwal.
Tamil Thalaivas- Defenders: Amit Hooda, C. Arun, J. Darshan, Jae Min Lee, Sunil, D. Gopu. Raiders: Ajay Thakur, Jasvir Singh, Anand, Sukesh Hegde, C. P. O. Surjeet Singh, M. S. Athul, Anil Kumar. All-rounders: V. Vimal Raj, Manjeet Chhillar, Chan Sik Park, D. Pradap.
Telugu Titans- Defenders: Sombir, Abozar Mohajermighani, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, C. Manoj Kumar, Sanket Chavan, Anuj Kumar, Deepak, Rakesh Singh Kumar. Raiders: Nilesh Salunke, Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari, Rakshith, Rajnish, Ankit Beniwal, Kamal Singh, Rahul Chaudhari. All-rounders: Mahender Reddy, Armaan, Vishal Bhardwaj.
UP Yoddha- Defenders: Nitesh Kumar, Pankaj, Jeeva Kumar, Sachin Kumar, Nitin Mavi, Vishav Chaudhary, Amit. Raiders: Azad Singh, Sulieman Kabir, Shrikant Jadhav, Rishank Devadiga, Prashant Kumar Rai, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Bhanu Pratap Tomar. All-rounders: Sagar B. Krishna, Seong Ryeol Kim, Arkam Shaikh, Narender.
U Mumba- Defenders: Surender Singh, Anil, Fazel Atrachali, Hadi Tajik, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Rajaguru Subramanian, Rohit Rana, Adinath Sakharam Gavali. Raiders: Gaurav Kumar, Abolfazl Maghsoudloumahali, Vinod Kumar, Darshan Kadian, R. Sriram, Siddharth Sirish Desai, Arjun Deshwal, Abhishek Singh, Rohit Balyan. All-rounders: E. Subash, Shiv Om, Mohit Balyan.