VIVO Pro Kabaddi: Iran’s Mohammadreza Shadloui Becomes the Most Expensive Foreign Kabaddi Player in the League, Sold to Pune Paltan for ₹2.35 Crores
During the VIVO Pro Kabaddi 2023 Season 10 auction held in Mumbai, star Iranian all-rounder Mohammadreza Shadloui was bought by Pune Paltan for ₹2.35 crores. This acquisition made him the most expensive player in the league, surpassing Pawan Sehrawat’s bid amount. In the previous season, Tamil Thalaivas had bid ₹2.26 crores for him.
Sehrawat recently led India to a gold medal victory at the Asian Games by defeating Iran in the finals held in Hangzhou, China. He is an integral part of the Indian team, and it is expected that his price in PKL Season 9 will be even higher.
Shadloui was part of the Patna Pirates during PKL Season 9 and earned the second-highest tackle points in the season with 74 points in 20 matches. He also registered a total of 10 super tackles during the season, the highest in collaboration with Telugu Titans’ Parvesh Bhainswal. Besides his defensive prowess, Shadloui scored five raid points throughout the season.
In the 2022 season, Shadloui made a significant impact by accumulating 89 tackle points, securing the top position among defenders. He had previously earned 84 points in the season before, and it took him some time to regain his form in this season.
The bidding war for the Iranian all-rounder took place between U Mumba and Bengal Warriors, with Gujarat Giants entering the fray around ₹80 lakhs. Pune Paltan secured him for around ₹1.14 crores, while Telugu Titans entered the bidding at around ₹1.40 crores. Ultimately, the bidding for the all-rounder surpassed Pawan Sehrawat’s record-breaking ₹2.26 crores, as Patna Pirates decided not to utilize their FBM provision, allowing Pune Paltan to acquire the charismatic all-rounder.