Now into its sixth edition, the Pro Kabbadi League has come leaps and bounds since its establishment a little over half a decade ago. In that time, both the viewership and the players earnings have seen significant increases, due in large part to the overall popularity of the League in promoting itself as a viable sporting entertainment option in a country that is perennially in the grips of cricket fever, in some form or the other.
A recent player auction saw Manu Goyat receive 15.1 million rupees in a bid by the Haryana Steelers, effectively making him the highest bid kabbadi player. This auction amount is 60 percent higher than the highest bid from last year of 9.3 million rupees. To put this into some perspective, Goyat is currently on a higher paying contract than Indian Football captain Sunil Chhetri, who received 15 million rupees in his previous season to be retained at Bangalore FC, last ISL season. A much elated Goyat has said that he will put his complete effort into realizing his potential as seen by his new employer, and delivering the anticipated result.
As the numbers on all fronts rise for the Pro Kabbadi League, it has been seen as providing one more avenue for aspiring sports people in India, where once the only way to be a successful sporting personality in this country was to be a cricketer and play for the national team. Being part of the Asian Games, and now being played by countries as far afield as Iran and South Korea, the future of Kabbadi on the world stage seems set in stone.