Know your overseas players at the Kabaddi League – profiling the Koreans

1. Jang Kun Lee

South Korean international Kun Lee has already hogged the limelight in the first edition of the league. The young raider, who shares his last name with the famous martial expert Bruce Lee, has already become a hero for the Bengal Warriors and was the saving grace of the team with his constant exploits last year. With speed and agility, he won the ‘Best Raider’ awards many times and had become one of the dangerous attackers dreaded by the opposition teams.
The former judo and taekwondo player, who calls himself a learner of the game, showed his quick learning skills and has already found his feet in the format. Lee’s team finished seventh in the league, however he showed how he could grapple and hold his breath, while standing up with the best players of Kabaddi. The Busan-born athlete,who says he is better known in India than in Korea, scored 55 points for his team and stood out as one of the best players in the league. KPL founder Anand Mahindra called him “a superstar in the making” after seeing his fleet-footed skills last year.
The 21-year-old will be looking to make the Bengal team a strong unit on course to be one of the top teams in the second year of the PKL.

2. Dong Ju Hong

Dong Ju Hong caught the kabaddi bug in 2010 while he was in college, and now plays for the national team. The Dabang Delhi man from South Korea, won a lot of hearts in the first edition with his athletic raids.Ju Hong, who is said to have started playing the game in 2010 in his college days, is now an important player of the national team. The 29-year-old didn’t get to play the initial matches for the Delhi franchise, but didn’t let his team down after he got a chance.
The Dabang man showed his class and experience in many games last season, especially a game against Puneri Palton, wherein he turned the game with a successful raid. In the second season, much will depend on this international player’s form for the Delhi Dabangs to go all the way to the top and make history

3. Seong Ryeol Kim

Another marvellous player, who has already made a mark from Korea is Seong Ryeol Kim. The presence of this experienced defender has helped Bengal Warriors come out from many apocalypse-like situations. Kim’s on and off incursion in the games didn’t fail to go unnoticed. The 30-year-old managed to make a name for himself by coming as a substitute. In games against Benagluru Bulls and Telugu Titans, Kim was in middle of important game changing moves with crucial tackles and strong defence. Known to be a highly merited player by teammates, the Korean national player’s love for the game shows with a tattoo in Hindi that reads, “ Korea Kabaddi ka Guarav.

4. Tae Deok Eom

The most expensive foreign player in the first edition was Patna’s Tae Deok Eom, who was signed for Rs 7 lakh.The star Korean defender, who doesn’t speak much of English and has difficulties in communicating with the team, happens to be a keen observer of the game and is known to write all the moves and strategies of the rival teams after the matches. Eom touch the earth like his Indian counterparts before he making an entry to raid, although Korean style of Kabaddi doesn’t have that in practice. He is looking to improve his point tally of eight, that includes four raids and 4 tackle points in the eleven games played

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