Pawan Sehrawat, Vikash Kandola and Fazel Atrachali steal the show on Day 1

The first day of the vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 Player Auction witnessed many fierce bids and some surprises.

The intense bidding for raider Pawan Sehrawat was the biggest highlight of the evening as he became the most expensive player in Pro Kabaddi history thanks to an INR 2.26 crore bid for him from Tamil Thalaivas.

Haryana Steelers started bidding for the INR 1 crore mark to get Pawan Sehrawat while Tamil Thalaivas started bidding for him for the INR 1.50 crore mark before finally getting their man with a huge bid of INR 2.26 crore after being also eliminated the competition from U Mumba .

Former Haryana Steelers raider Vikash Kandola pulled the next biggest bid of the evening after Bengaluru Bulls roped him into their team with a bid of INR 1.70 crore.

In what came as a surprise to many, the highly talented 23-year-old raider Guman Singh was bought by U Mumba for INR 1.22 crore.

Pardeep Narwhal was the fourth most expensive raider on Day 1 of the Player Auction when he returned to the UP Yoddhas for INR 90 lac. Gujarat Giants may have thought they had Pardeep Narwhal for a moment, but UP Yoddhas used their Final Bid Match (FBM) card to sign the former Patna Pirates talisman.

Patna Pirates also used their FBM card to get back an old player in Sachin. Just when it looked like Gujarat Giants had successfully bid for Sachin, Patna Pirates dove in with their FBM card to win the raider away for INR 81 lac.

Raider Manjeet also reached the INR 80 lac mark thanks to a successful bid from Haryana Steelers. A few other Indian raiders who collected large bids were Abhishek Singh and Ajith V Kumar. While Abhishek Singh went to Telugu Titans for INR 60 lac, Ajith V Kumar joined Jaipur Pink Panthers for INR 66 lac.

As for the defenders, one of the first players to go under the hammer, Fazel Atrachali broke his own record as the most expensive foreign purchase in PKL history after Puneri offered Paltan a whopping 1.38 crore INR to secure his services. The Iranian defender had attracted a bid of INR 1 crore from U Mumba in Season 6.

Fellow Iranian Mohammad Nabibakhsh was also in high demand and the all-rounder was eventually picked up by Puneri Paltan for INR 87 lac.

Another prominent all-rounder Deepak Niwas Hooda joined Season 7 Champion Bengal Warriors, while Rohit Gulia will wear the colors of Patna Pirates in the upcoming campaign after the three-time champion successfully bid INR 30 lac for him. Nitin Rawal, meanwhile, was bought by Haryana Steelers for INR 37.50 lac.

The most expensive Indian defender to come out of the player auction was Sunil Kumar. The talented defender will join Jaipur Pink Panthers after the season 1 champions sign his signature for INR 90 lac.

Among the rest of the top Indian defenders, Parvesh Bhainswal who has represented Gujarat Giants in the past will be seen wearing Telugu Titans colors in Season 9 after bidding INR 62 lac for him. Telugu Titans also acquired the services of defender Surjeet Singh for INR 50 lac.

Sandeep Dhull is another Indian defender who will be playing for a new team this season after Dabang Delhi spent KC INR 40 lac to get him.

Some of the players who surprisingly went unsold in the player auction include Sandeep Narwal, Sukesh Hegde and Ran Singh, all of whom were unable to find buyers.

Overseas players such as Mohsen Maghsoudlou Jafari and Abozar Mighani went unsold, while Hadi Oshtorak also got no bids in the vivo Pro Kabaddi Player Auction.

With Day 1 of the Players Auction over and many spots still to be filled by teams, the final day promises to be just as exciting with more intense bidding wars as all franchises put the finishing touches on their squads for Season 9.

Most Expensive Raiders of Day 1:

Pawan Sehrawat – Tamil Thalaivas

Vikash Kandola – Bengaluru Bulls

Guman Singh – U Mumba

Most Expensive Defenders of Day 1:

Fazel Atrachali – Puneri Paltan

Sunil Kumar – Jaipur Pink Panthers

Parvesh Bhainswal – Telugu Titans

Most expensive all-rounders of day 1:

Mohammad Nabibakhsh – Puneri Paltan

Deepak Hooda – Bengali warriors

Nitin Rawal – Haryana Steelers