It is the gutsiest, earthiest sport of India that combines quicksilver speed and reflexes with brute strength. And it has been nurtured and developed into India’s most popular and loved non-cricket sports leagues by the Star Network. The sixth season of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi will kick off in Chennai on the 5th of October and traverse 13 cities en route to the finale in Mumbai on 5th January 2019.
The opening match will see Tamil Thalaivas clash with Telugu Titans, and fans can catch the action on the Star Sport Network and Hotstar. And, of course at the Stadiums, and at one more kind of venue that has seen increasing popularity and delivery of unique and valuable audiences to the modern marketer – out of home, a viewership that BARC started measuring and which revealed enormous value for marketers during VIVO IPL 2018.
In Season 5, the league grew strongly, expanding from 8 to 12 teams which vied with one another across 138 matches across 13 weeks, touching new highs in terms of viewership records. It was viewed by 313 million viewers with a watch time of 100 billion minutes, with the finals of Season 5 becoming the most viewed non-cricket sporting event on Indian Television
After the clash of the Telugu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas, the second match will see Anup Kumar, who was ‘Captain Cool’ of U Mumba for the past 5 seasons, and who has moved to Jaipur Pink Panthers this season, lock horns with his former team.
Other anticipated contests through the week include Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates, as the Dubki King Pradeep Narwal will dodge his way through defenders to break his previous seasons’ record of 369 raid points.
VIVO Pro Kabaddi League’s highest paid player, Monu Goyat, will begin his raid for glory when Haryana Steelers take on Puneri Paltans in the fifth match of the season.
So it’s going to be a taut season again. Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, VIVO Pro Kabaddi said, “We have had to adjust the Season VI window to October onwards, in view of the ongoing Asian Games that have nearly all the world’s top Kabaddi athletes playing for their respective national teams. We will return to a July start for VIVO PKL Season VII.”
The 12 participating teams have been divided into two zones of six teams each, where each team will be playing a set of 15 intra-zone and 7 inter-zone matches, prior to the anticipated play-offs. The play-offs stage will comprise of 3 adrenaline filled eliminators, 2 qualifiers and the finals scheduled to take place in Mumbai.
We shall bring you the complete schedule in an update, soon.
India’s biggest non-cricket sports league
In Season 5, the league grew strongly, expanding from 8 to 12 teams which vied with one another across 138 matches across 13 weeks, touching new highs in terms of viewership records.
It was viewed by 313 million viewers with a watch time of 100 billion minutes, with the finals of Season 5 becoming the most viewed non-cricket sporting event on Indian Television.