Early and Family
Rishank Devadiga was born on 3rd February 1994 and brought up in Santa Cruz, Mumbai. Rishank was just three years old when he lost his father in a flood accident. It was all left to his mother to take care of him and his sister. She started working in a beauty parlour to provide for the family and gave his father’s autorickshaw for hire.
Rishank had started playing kabaddi from a young age of seven. His mother always opposed playing kabaddi fearing he would get injured. Being more athletic and having a good build compared to his friends, he knew he could be great in kabaddi. Unfortunately, his school didn’t have a kabaddi team.
He finished high school and instantly joined Chetana Hazarimal Somani College of Commerce for his graduate degree and started playing local kabaddi tournaments for the Sagar Krida Mandal kabaddi team. During those periods, he injured himself and ended up hospitalised for a few weeks.
Unfortunately for Rishank, the money situations at home took the better of him, and he was forced to drop out of college to support his family financial conditions. He started working as a waiter at the Leela Hotel. This extra income helped him manage all his and family expenses. Soon, Rishank became a part of the Mumbai district kabaddi team. He also won the best player award while playing for the Dena Bank. He let go of his job to pursue and be more serious on kabaddi. His mom’s support was very crucial at this juncture. She supported him completely.
Rishank also represented the BPCL team in the domestic league. He led the Maharashtra team to victory at the Senior National Kabaddi Championship in 2017. His outstanding performance with the Dena Bank, Maharashtra, and BPCL teams made him a much-sort after player in the Pro Kabaddi League.
Rishank Devadiga Pro Kabaddi League Career
Rishank Devadiga is one of the most successful and fittest kabaddi players in the history of Pro Kabaddi League. He made his debut in the inaugural season of Pro Kabaddi League with U Mumba. Rishank Devadiga also led Maharashtra in the 2017-18 Senior National Kabaddi Championship, helping them win the title after 11 years.
In season one he was bought by U Mumba for INR 5 lakhs. In season 3. He gave hie personal best performance for U Mumba by scoring 115 points in 16 matches. He played a total of 59 games with the team to total to 320 points. Out of those, 284 were raid points and 36 tackle points.
Pro Kabaddi Season 3 was Rishank Devadiga’s most successful campaign where he finished second in the list of top raiders with 115 points from 16 matches.
In Pro Kabaddi Season 5, he was acquired by UP Yoddha. His 28 points in a single match were his most successful performance of that season. Running Hand Touch is his signature move.
For Pro Kabaddi Season 7, He Has Been Retained by UP Yoddha in the list of Elite Retained Players but unfortunately, PKL Season 7 had been injury-bourne for Rishank and he could not repeat the performances of his previous seasons although he contributed in certain crucial situations. He considers his time under Anup Kumar to be one of his best and where he was moulded into a better raider.
|Full Name||Rishank Devadiga|
|Date of Birth||3 February 1994|
|Age||25 years old (as in 2020)|
|Signature Move||Running Hand Touch|
|Current Club||U.P Yoddha|
|Former Club||U Mumba|
Teams Played for
|Season 1||U Mumba|
|Season 2||U Mumba|
|Season 3||U Mumba|
|Season 4||U Mumba|
|Season 5||UP Yoddha|
|Season 6||UP Yoddha|
|Season 7||UP Yoddha|
|Total Matches Played||121|
|Total Earned Points||671|
|Most Points in a match||28|
|Not out percentage||75.52|
|Successful raids %||46.98|
|Total raid points||624|
|Average raid per match||5.15|
|Number of super tackles||2|
|Total tackle points||47|
|Average tackles per match %||0.37|
|Tackle strike rate %||32.19|
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