Who is the youngest player to play in PKL 2023: Naveen Kumar has emerged as a dynamic raider who has etched his name in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League. Born on 14 February 2000, Naveen made history as the first player to participate in Pro Kabaddi in the 2000s, representing Dabang Delhi.
His journey in Kabaddi started at an early age, guided by his grandfather, a former state-level wrestler. Excelling in his school’s under-17 team, Naveen quickly progressed to the Junior Nationals and reached the final in 2016.
Who is the youngest player to play in PKL 2023?
The turning point in Naveen’s career came with a gold win at the Junior Nationals, which caught the attention of Dabang Delhi. At the NYP trials, he made it into the team at the age of 16, signing a nominal deal of ₹6.60 lakh for Pro Kabaddi Season 6. Naveen’s true potential shone in his fourth match, where he achieved his first Super 10 and finished the season with an impressive 177 runs.
In Season 7, Naveen exceeded expectations and finished with 303 points, the third-highest score in the PKL. His stellar performance took Dabang Delhi to the PKL final for the first time despite losing to Bengal Warriors.
Naveen then made a comeback in December 2021, breaking the record against U Mumba and becoming the fastest player to reach 500 raid points in PKL history in just 47 matches.
Naveen scored a remarkable record of 28 consecutive Super 10s, further cementing his position as one of the most powerful raiders in the PKL. His incredible journey reached its pinnacle as he played a vital role in Dabang Delhi’s victory in Season 8, earning him the Most Valuable Player award.
Who is the youngest player in PKL 2023?
- Gagan Gowda (UP Yoddhas): Age – 20
- Vaibhav Balasaheb Kamble (Puneri Paltan): Age – 20