The first day of this year’s Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) auction belonged entirely to Fazel Atrachali. The Iranian defender smashed the previous records while becoming the most expensive player in the history of the league.
U Mumba secured his services for a whopping cost of INR one crore. Atrachali had starred for Gujarat Fortune Giants (GFG) last year, helping the team enter the final.
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The Iranian star became the first player to be bought for the staggering amount in the history of the PKL Auctions. The record of being the most expensive player previously belonged to Nitin Tomar.
UP Yoddha had snapped him for INR 93 lakh in last year’s auction.
Atrachali has been one of the most influential overseas players in the Pro Kabaddi League. He is the eleventh best defender regarding tackle points.
Atrachali has scored 152 tackle points with an average of 2.71 in the competition so far. Atrachali has recorded 11 high 5s and a tackle strike rate of 66.09.
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Atrachali finished as the ninth best defender with 57 tackle points for the Gujarat Fortune, last season. He was the best defender in the fourth season of PKL when he played for the Patna Pirates.
Speaking after the auction, Fazel Atrachali expressed his delight over re-joining the Mumbai-based franchise.
Atrachali was part of the U Mumba side that won the title in season second and finished runners-up with the same team in a season three.
After that, he left for the Patna Pirates in the auction, and he played a crucial role in their victory in the fourth edition.
“Firstly, I’m so much happy. U Mumba is my second home, and I respect them a lot as U Mumba my first team in the Pro Kabaddi League. I love U Mumba, I’m very happy with the contract that I have got and for breaking the record in the league,” Fazel told Times Now.