May 14: Kabaddi star Mohit Chillar led a group of Indian rupee multi-millionaires at the player auction held for Star Sports ProKabaddi-4 set to start at Pune in the last week of June.
The 23-year-old Nizampur-based clerk with North-Western Railway, and for three seasons, a right corner defender for U Mumba, was bought by Bengaluru Bulls for Rs. 53 lakh at the auction held at the Taj Mahal Hotel here on Friday.
He, like many A-grade players, started at a base price of Rs. 12 lakh and ended at a record value. Chillar, who has taken part in three previous ProKabaddi league on leave without pay from his employer, was bought by the Mumbai franchise at Rs. 5.75 lakh before the inaugural season.
At the first player auction in May 2014, former India captain and Asian Games gold medallist Rakesh Kumar became the highest-paid player, receiving Rs. 12.8 lakh from Patna Pirates. Then, at the international player auction in May 2015, Telugu Titans bought Iranian Hadi Oshtorak for a record sum of Rs. 21.1 lakh and Meraj Sheykh for Rs. 20.1 lakh.
On Friday, ten Indian kabaddi players were roped in at over Rs. 19 lakh at the second player auction. The second highest, after Chillar, was Patna Pirates’s Sandeep Narwal, who was bought by Telugu Titans at Rs. 45.5 lakh.