Pro Kabaddi League 2018 (PKL) had its fair share of success. While Bengaluru Bulls won their maiden title, the season will be remembered as the last appearance for former India skipper Anup Kumar. Anup had announced his international retirement mid-way during PKL. Recently, the former World Cup winning India captain said it was time to give chance to the youngsters, who are performing exceptionally at the global level.
Anup also opened up on his probable future tasks. he hasn't decided to take up coaching in his second innings, however, he will always be attached with the game.
Anup said, "I feel earlier it was my time as today it is of rising players like Pardeep Narwal and Pawan Sehrawat. At our time we felt that no one is like us. I decided to retire as the boys today are more talented and better than us. The public sentiment was also of the view that Anup has gone past his age. Our fans expect that we perform well in every match and if the youngsters are doing that and I am not, I should better retire and given them chance," the 35-year-old added.
"Kabaddi is my soul as today I am whatever is because of this game. I haven't decided on coaching but I know I will always be attached to it and will always try to do something for kabaddi. Whatever I have learnt and the experience I gained, I will always share with the upcoming generation and our players," added Anup.
The 2016 World Cup winning skipper also stressed on the need for more bilateral and trilateral series as such events will further help in the expansion of the game globally.
"Championships like Kabaddi Masters should be held on a regular basis. The championship last year received a terrific response. If we (India), Iran, Pakistan, Korea keep playing such series, it will be beneficial both for the game and the players as our players will learn something from them and they will learn from us. Moreover, after PKL, such series will keep us in touch with the public," Anup concluded.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega