The date for the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League was announced on Thursday. PKL will begin on October 19, 2018, and will run for 13 weeks. Also, the seventh season of Pro Kabaddi League will commence on July 19, 2019, and will follow the same 13-week format. In the fifth season, the league scaled unbelievable heights having expanded from eight teams to 12 teams and as many as 138 matches were held. Notwithstanding the massive competition, Patna Pirates defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants to get their hands on the title for the third consecutive year. The team was led by star-raider Pardeep Narwal. Pardeep Narwal was the leading raider of the tournament while Haryana Steelers’ Surender Nada emerged as the leading defender. Season V touched new heights in terms of viewership records. It was viewed by a staggering 26.2 million viewers, with the finals becoming the most viewed non-cricket sporting event on Indian television.
The match between Patna and Pune went past PV Sindhu’s Rio Olympics 2016 final against Carolina Marin that held the second spot. This match had recorded 17.2 million impressions. This year’s Pro Kabaddi league kicked off in Hyderabad and travelled across 12 cities before the finale in Chennai. Apart from this, the 5th season of Pro Kabaddi League has now made it the most watched non-cricketing league in India. Its gross impressions stand at 313 million with a watch time of 100 billion minutes.
“India has truly embraced kabaddi. This season was all about pushing boundaries. With an expanded league, there were 12 teams competing in more than 130 matches, spread across 13 weeks. The love for Kabaddi cutting across geographies and demographics is self-evident. It is very heartening to see this response from millions of fans across the country, which has emphatically re-established Kabaddi’s position as the most watched non-cricket sport synonymous with the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League,” said Sanjay Gupta, MD, Star India about this remarkable feat.