Pro Kabaddi League Season 3: The year was 2016 and Pro Kabaddi League was all set to play the third season after the stupendous success of Pro Kabaddi Season 1 and Season 2. It was a glorious time for Indian sports as Indian masses were ready to experiment with different sports which were the major reason behind the emergence of Kabaddi.
Looking back at the last 3 years’ track record and viewership, the league witnessed a 36% steep rise in viewership compared to last season. On the digital platform, the league grew by 33 percent growth in total minutes viewed on Hotstar, the digital platform of Star India, over the first 11 days of the 2016 edition.
Looking at the success graph a total of 64 brands were associated with the Pro Kabaddi in the Season 3. It was the first time that two seasons of the Pro Kabaddi were played in the same year and this was the first of them.
Pro Kabaddi Season 3 began on 13th January 2016 and the final was played on 5th March 2016.
Teams played in a double round-robin format with top 4 teams at the end of the round-robin stage making it to the semi-finals
A total of 8 teams participated in Pro Kabaddi Season 3, namely:
|Bengal Warriors||Nilesh Shinde||Pratap Shetty|
|Bengaluru Bulls||Surender Nada/Mohit Chhillar||Randhir Singh|
|Dabang Delhi||Miraj Sheykh||Sagar Bandekar|
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||Jasvir Singh||Balwan Singh|
|Patna Pirates||Dharmaraj Cheralathan||Arjun Singh|
|Puneri Paltan||Manjeet Chhillar||Kasinathan Bhaskaran|
|Telugu Titans||Rahul Chaudhari||J Udayakumar|
|U Mumba||Anup Kumar||E. Bhaskaran|
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||14||4||8||2||28|
Teams that reached the playoffs
A total of 8 teams participated in Pro Kabaddi League Season 3, Four teams reached the playoffs, namely Patna Pirates, Bengal Warriors, Puneri Paltan, and U Mumba.
Semi-Final 1– First semifinal was played between Patna Pirates and Puneri Paltan at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad. Patna Pirates beat Puneri Paltan convincingly to enter the final.
Patna Pirates 40-21 Puneri Paltan
Semi-Final 2– The Second semifinal was played between U Mumba and Bengal Warriors at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Delhi. U Mumba beat Bengal Warriors to set up a final date with Patna Pirates.
U Mumba 41-29 Bengal Warriors
Third Place Play-off
3rd position– The match for the third position was played between Puneri Paltan and Bengal Warriors at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi where Punei Paltan trounced.
Puneri Paltan 31-27 Bengal Warriors
The final of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 3 was played between Patna Pirates and U Mumba at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi. Patna Pirates beat U Mumba in a thriller to win their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title.
Patna Pirates 31-28 U Mumba
Rohit Kumar was the top raider for Jaipur Pink Panthers with 8 raider points in the match. Sandeep Narwal was the top defender with 5 tackle points in the match.
Anup Kumar was the top raider for Patna Pirates with 8 raider points in the match. Mohit Chillar was the top defender for Patna Pirates with 6 tackle points.
A total of 14 raid points were scored by U Mumba, Patna Pirates scored 16 raid points.
A total of 11 tackle points were scored by U Mumba, Patna Pirates scored 12 tackle points.
A total of 42all out points were scored by U Mumba, Patna Pirates scored 2 all-out points.
Only 1 extra point was conceded by U Mumba, whereas Patna Pirates conceded 1 point.
|No||Player||Team||Matches||Successful Raids||Raid Points|
|1||Pardeep Narwal||Patna Pirates||16||83||116|
|2||Rishank Devadiga||U Mumba||16||86||106|
|3||Rohit Kumar||Patna Pirates||12||80||102|
|4||Rahul Chaudhari||Telugu Titans||13||77||87|
|5||Jang Kun Lee||Bengal Warriors||15||64||79|
|No.||Player||Team||Matches||Successful Tackles||Super Tackles||Total Tackle Points|
|1||Manjeet Chhillar||Puneri Paltan||15||56||5||61|
|2||Sandeep Narwal||Patna Pirates||14||53||2||55|
|3||Surjeet Singh||Puneri Paltan||12||47||1||48|
|4||Mohit Chhillar||U Mumba||13||44||2||46|
|4||Jasmer Singh Gulia||Puneri Paltan||16||41||5||46|