Meraj Sheykh was born on May 26, 1988. He is an Irani kabaddi player. Sheykh is a prominent Irani player and has also captained the side.
Meraj started learning and playing kabaddi at a young age of 12. Kabaddi is widely popular in his hometown and believes that the introduction to the game at a young age is something that holds common between him and the Indian players. Meraj Sheykh was a professional wrestler for 10 years before switching to kabaddi and thus, his experience in the ring helps him possess great reflexes and agility on the mat.
Meraj Sheykh International Career:
He also represented his country Iran in the final of Kabaddi World Cup against India in 2016. He has since then, been a regular feature in the side.
In the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup final, Meraj was the captain of the Iranian side that lost to India. It was a close-knit game, which unfortunately didn’t end well for Iran. Meraj was his team’s best player and a constant threat to India defending their title.
Meraj Sheykh Pro kabaddi Career:
He will be playing for Dabang Delhi in Pro Kabaddi Season 7, his fourth straight season with the Delhi team. He made his debut in Pro Kabaddi League in Season 2 with Telugu Titans. He was the first foreign captain in Pro Kabaddi League. Pro Kabaddi Season 5 was the most successful season for him as he scored 96 raid points and 8 tackle points.
Meraj Sheykh is without a doubt one of the best all-rounders in Pro Kabaddi League – Indian or foreigner. The Iranian international is not only a quality raider and defender, but with experience and an ability to stay calm in all situations, he is also one of the most excellent leaders. Sheykh became the first foreign captain in PKL, leading Telugu Titans in 2015. He will once again be the captain of Dabang Delhi in the seventh season.
Sheykh was the best all-rounder in the fifth season with 104 points. The 31-year old has scored 309 raid points 53 tackle points in his PKL career which started in season 2.
The Iranian has already expressed his desire to win the title with Dabang Delhi. After making it to the playoffs for the first time in the club history last year, both Sheykh and Delhi will be eager to cross the final hurdle this time.
He has been the part of the 2 Pro Kabaddi League franchises namely Telugu Titans (Season 2 &3) and Dabang Delhi KC (Season 4,5,6 and 7). He has played 82 matches till date and earned a total of 309 raid points with the help of 16 super raids and 5 super 10’s and at an average of 3.76 raids per match. He has earned 53 tackle points with the help of 6 super tackles and at an average of 0.57 tackles per match
|Full Name||Meraj Sheykh|
|Date of Birth||May 26, 1988|
|Age||31 years old (as in 2020)|
|Signature Move||Scorpion Kick|
|Current Club||Tamil Thalaivas|
|Former Club||Telegu Titans|
Teams Played for
|Season 2||Telugu Titans|
|Season 3||Telugu Titans|
|Season 4||Dabang Delhi|
|Season 5||Dabang Delhi|
|Season 6||Dabang Delhi|
|Season 7||Dabang Delhi|
|Total Matches Played||99|
|Total Earned Points||404|
|Most Points in a match||15|
|Not out percentage||78.44|
|Successful raids %||39.5|
|Total raid points||350|
|Average raid per match||3.53%|
|Number of super tackles||6|
|Total tackle points||54|
|Average tackles per match %||0.48|
|Tackle strike rate %||36.24|
Meraj Sheykh Awards and Achievements
- Played 43 matches in Pro Kabaddi League with eighty successful raids.
- A member of 2014 Asian games squad.
- The first overseas player to captain a team in Pro Kabaddi League of 2015.
- The top scorer of Iran as he finished with seven points followed by Abozar Mighani adding four crucial points for his side in 2016 kabaddi World Cup. The team played in the world cup under his captaincy.
- The Iran team won under his captaincy against the US in 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The team of Iran initiated the Kabaddi World Cup campaign with a thumping win over the United States.
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