What led you to take up kabaddi?
I started playing Kabaddi when I was 16 years old. My uncle Rajesh Ghanghas inspired me to take up Kabaddi. Back in Bhiwani, my village, everyone plays Kabaddi.
Your journey to Pro Kabaddi league
Star Sports had conducted trials where I gave a noteworthy performance. After that, I was selected for a camp in Gujarat and then was selected in the auction pool for PKL season 5.
Toughest team & player you have faced this season
Toughest team I think this season is Puneri Paltan and toughest player is Pardeep Narwal.
How much has Pro Kabaddi league changed Kabaddi in India
Pro Kabaddi league has helped to create awareness about Kabaddi as a sport. After 5 seasons of PKL, Kabaddi is a game recognized by every household.
Your ambition for the current season
My ambition is team’s ambition. I want my team to lift the trophy and I want to have a noteworthy contribution our dream of lifting the trophy. We ensure that we train according to coach and fitness trainer’s instructions so that we all are fit and healthy and together can focus on achieving our ambition.
Where do you think your team has to improve, if they have to challenge for the championship.
Puneri Paltan is a strong team. But as we all know, no team/player is perfect. There are always a few weak links. I think the covers need to improve more. Having said that, Puneri Paltan is a strong title contender.
How do you feel when you play alongside Dharmaraj Cheralathan?
Playing alongside Anna is great. For young players like me he is a great mentor and guide.
Your World Cup Dreams
I want to don the Indian jersey and help my country win gold not only in the World cup but also Asian Games and South Games.
Your Thoughts on Mr. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore being elected as the sports minister.
I am absolutely delighted to know that a sportsperson is going to take care of the sports ministry. I am sure he would take many initiatives to promote sports in the country.
If you had to make a biopic on one Kabaddi player, who would that be and why?
Rakesh Kumar because he is one of the best all-rounders in PKL. He was the captain of Indian team and has brought glory to Indian Kabaddi on the world stage. Rakesh is my role model and I would love to watch his journey on the big screen one day.
As kabaddi is more of an aggressive game, how do you maintain your composure on ground?
Coach Sir always talks about being calm and composed on field. I follow his recommendation and I religiously do Yoga.
How is the atmosphere in the Puneri Paltan’s dressing room
Puneri Paltan’s dressing room atmosphere is always happy and cheerful. We motivate each other before the match. We discuss strategies and game plan.
Your future plans for kabaddi
I want to perform well in PKL. I want my parents to gain respect and recognition because of me. Also, I dream of donning the Indian jersey soon and winning a gold for the country.
Message to Puneri Paltan’s army (fans)
Thank you for all the support till now! Keep supporting us. Your support encourages us to perform better. We play our home leg from 13th October to 20th October. Do come to the stadium and support us and we will ensure that we lighten up your Diwali with the best of Kabaddi action.
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