Following a successful Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2018, Pawan Kumar Sehwarat has become a known identity. He was the star raider throughout the season and now hopes to make it to the national squad. The 22-year-old athlete accumulated 22 points in the summit clash against Gujarat FortuneGiants to script a maiden title for Bengaluru Bulls. In a recent interview, Sehrawat brought forward an immensely famous name from the field of cricket who inspired him a lot.
Sehrawat, who is a huge cricket fan, named South African legend and former skipper AB de Villiers as his source of inspiration. He even stated that he is determined to attain the same versatility in his radiing like de Villiers' had (even has till date in franchise cricket). “I have followed cricket for a long time. I am a huge fan of AB de Villiers. He has always been a source of insipiration, and hence I picked my jersey no. as 17, just like he does. I want my raiding style to be like De Villiers’ batting style. Just like how he plays any kind of shots, at long on, long off, hook, or cut… I want to earn points with all kinds of raiding- bonus, jump, leap, stretch, etc,” he said.
Sehrawat recalled his accidental introduction to the sport during his schooling days. “I started playing Kabaddi when I was 14-15 at a government school in Bawana. The zonal level tournaments were taking place. There was a shortage of players for kabaddi. I had a heavy built, so the coach took me. I performed good there. Later, my father took me to the stadium and asked me if I wanted to carry on with the sport, and I showed my interest in doing so. I was always interested in sports, so I played there. And since then, I have been with the sport.”
Sehrawat, like many aspiring sportsmen, stated that he never thought in his early days that he would be presented with such an opportunity to play at a massive platform. “The beginning days were quite difficult. I used to travel 7-8 km on cycle for training everyday. I never thought I would get a chance to play on such a big platform. Pro Kabaddi has given us a huge boost,” he concluded.
About the Author
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