Bidding war for Sushil Kumar creates history

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Sushil Kumar was wanted by all the teams ahead of the new season of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) and the bidding war created history in New Delhi on Sat...

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Sushil Kumar was wanted by all the teams ahead of the new season of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) and the bidding war created history in New Delhi on Saturday.

Sold to Delhi Sultans for a whopping amount of Rs 55 lakh, Sushil is now the most expensive player in the history of the tournament.sushil-kumar

PWL 3 is slated to begin from January 9, 2018 and the auction in underway as teams fight to pick the best players and set up a strong team.

Olympic silver medallist Sushil returned to the mat at the National Championship recently and went on to become the national champion. He then followed up the home success by bagging a gold medal in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship

On bagging the most prestigious player in the history of Indian wrestling, Delhi Sultans said, “We are honoured to have Sushil as part of our team. We are currently bidding for the best players and are certain of making it as the best team”.

Sakshi Malik, India’s 2016 Olympic bronze medallist was bought by Mumbai Maharathi for Rs 39 lakh.

Among the women, the highest bid came for World Championship gold medallist Helen Maroulis (Under-57kg category) of the United States, who was bought for Rs 44 lakh from Haryana Hammers.

In other bids, India wrestlers Bajrang Punia, who will compete in the 65kg, was bought by UP Dangal for Rs 25 lakh while Vinesh Phogat, who earned Rs 40 lakh, will ply her trade for UP Dangal as well.

UP Dangal also bagged Vinesh’s elder sister Geeta (62kg) for Rs 28 lakh.

Meanwhile, 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist Iran’s Hassan Rahimi Sabzali, who had an initial base price of Rs 21 lakh, was bought by Haryana Hammers for Rs 46 lakh.

Russia’s Rio Olympics gold medallist Soslan Ramonov, who will compete in the under 65kg category, was grabbed by Mumbai Maharathi for Rs 38 lakh.

Chinese wrestler Sun Yanan went for Rs 22.50 lakh to Haryana Hammers while European Championship gold medallist Ilyas Bekbulatov from Russia earned Rs 34 lakh and will ply trade for Punjab Royals.

On the other hand, World Championship silver medallist Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye, who will figure in the under 57kg category, was bought by Mumbai Maharathi for Rs 35 lakh.

World Championship silver medallist Marwa Amri was sold to Veer Marathas for Rs. 25 lakh.

The upcoming season of the PWL will be its third edition. The first edition was won by Revanta Mumbai Garuda and the second season by scooped by NCR Punjab Royals. In both the editions, Haryana Hammers reached the final but failed to get over the line.

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