The Pro Kabaddi League ( PKL) to date has witnessed some thrilling matches, and also some new stars emerging each season. While many have had the ups and downs of the sport, some new players have made an impact on the PKL with impressive performances. One of them can be Pawan Kumar Sehrawat.
In the present, Pawan Sehrawat is among the most prominent players of the PKL. He is able to surprise opponents with his lengthy reach, and his signature hand movements that he runs with make him an ideal opponent to take on.
At only 23 years old, Pawan is among the best athletes of Indian Kabaddi; helped Bengaluru Bulls to their first title ever and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018 season.
Pawan Sehrawat Biography
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, born on 9th of July , 1996 within the capital city of Delhi and was playing Kabaddi at the age of 12. “I was pretty healthy in my youth and it was normal for me to beat the more athletic players on the mat for kabaddi.”
“But it wasn’t until I reached ninth grade that I began to think about playing the sport seriously. My family hasn’t had played in the sport and we never thought about it as a profession,” Pawan remembers. Pawan began playing at the school Nationals before playing in his first All India University Games.
In the year 2015, Pawan was in his second year of graduating. But, Randhir Singh spotted the teenager during his Northern Railways trials and offered him a job at the railways. In the same year, the Bengaluru situated PKL franchise hired him.
Pawan Sehrawat Family
His mother, Pawan, advised him to concentrate on his education. His mother would often quote the famous Hindi phrase: ‘Padhoge likehoge to banoge”nawab” meaning that when you are a student, you will be revered. “She required me to do my best in school. But I wasn’t enjoying the process so much. Additionally, I don’t enjoy being too busy. At school I would play Kabaddi,” he says.
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Pawan was required to assume the responsibility of 18. The plastic recycling plant of his father closed which left the family living off the profits of the grocery store. Pawan was later kicked out of college after he was offered an employment as an TTE working for the Indian Railways due to Kabaddi. When his financial problems were past, Pawan did go and finish his undergraduate degree at Delhi University.
Pawan Sehrawat Career
Pawan plays for his country in the Indian Railways in senior nationals and in the last few years has been awe-inspiring to many. He was an defender just at one point. Only in the Railways team that he was given the role of raider. Pawan has impressed with his performances in the role.
His performance during the 65th Senior National Kabaddi Championships as and in the Federation Cup made him a highly profitable asset in the auction. In a game against Karnataka the player recorded a whopping 18 points during the Senior Nationals. He carried his impressive form throughout the Federation Cup as well.
Pawan Sehrawat Pro Kabaddi
Pawan began his career with his team the Bengaluru Bulls in the Pro Kabaddi League at 20 years old. In his first campaign playing for the Bulls, Pawan started 13 of 14 games and scored 53 points. He was the Bulls top raider by points. In the subsequent year, Pawan featured only ten times, scoring only 11 points.
One reason that he was not given enough opportunities was the inclusion in Season 3 MVP Rohit Kumarand Deepak Kumar Dahiya. Sehrawat was pushed down the pecking order and was given fewer chances.
A brief stint playing Gujarat Fortune Giants
But, a young Sehrawat’s talent didn’t remain unnoticed. He was bought for the sum of Rs 13.8 lakhs in the hands of PKL rookie Gujarat Fortune Giants. But, Sehrawat suffered a disappointing season as a result of the combination of not playing enough and being unable to make the most of his chances.
“They purchased me for around 14 lakhs. I was sure they’d paid so much, and I could do nothing. Perhaps, next year, nobody will even pay the amount of Rs8 Lakh to me. Many of the veteran players that were never sold. I was contemplating whether I should leave the League to quit before they kick me out. I am an TT on the New Delhi station, which is close to my home and I was thinking that I could be able to concentrate on my job.”
But, the universe always gives the opportunity to try again. This time, Bengaluru Bulls, his former team, offered him another chance.
The team is back and has a breakout season Bengaluru Bulls
Randhir Singh, the coach who saw him at Railways and brought him back in The Southern city to pay Rs52.8 lakhs. “He (Randhir) phoned me back after the fifth season and advised me to not be discouraged,” Sehrawat recalls.
“He promised to take me back in Bengaluru Bulls, and helped me regain confidence. Bengaluru purchased me for the sum of Rs 52.8 lakhs. The price didn’t matter. I was simply seeking a chance to be successful.” Not affluent by his high cost, Sehrawat showed why he was paid a huge sum.
When he made his debut for the second time with the club, Sherawat scored 20 points against the Tamil Thalaivas. He continued to rip through defenses using his speed and strength. Pawan Kumar was the leader of Bengaluru Bulls to the final and achieved a record-breaking 22 points, while also denying his former team the trophy.
He ended his season with the top points- 282; the highest points from raids- 271 Most successful raids- 209 and the highest number of super raids of 12. Pawan received the prized Most Valuable Player, and sure did he get the honor! After the season the humble Delhite admits that he “wanted to be the best for the team but I had no idea that I would be able to do it this effectively, or lead my team to victory or win MVP.”
Pawan’s impressive performances continued the following season, as he hopes to make it in to his place in the Indian team. In the wake of the skipper Rohit Kumar’s slump in form, Pawan Kumar took up his role in the midst of a shaky team as the Bulls made their way to playoffs. He proved he’s not an ‘one-season miracle’, Sehrawat scored 360 points over 24 games. And the feat was accomplished in record time.
In the game in the match against Haryana Steelers, Pawan broke Pradeep Narwal’s record of 34 raid points in one PKL game by scoring 39 points. In the final game against eventual winners- Bengal Warriors, Pawan scored 29 points, which was the third highest score ever recorded in the history of the League. Kumar also was named his team’s MVP.
The score was 20-23, and less than two hours into the second quarter of the game that was played between Bengaluru and Patna the raider Pawan Kumar Sehrawat stepped into the opponent’s half to reduce the deficit of his team. Patna Pirates’ corner defender Ravinder Kumar was aware that he was in the right place when he rushed from Sehrawat to attack him.
Sehrawat was rushing across the mat in an attempt at the ‘Running Hand” in which Ravinder Kumar utilised his blindside to put himself in the perfect position in the middle of the line and between him and his raider. The odds were against Sehrawat in this particular scenario. He wasn’t able to dodge the defensive player as his route was blocked, so the alternatives for his escape dull.
Maybe he’d have to get over the defensive and then over the defender, but that isn’t possible. Pawan took off over Kumar and was able to get on his feet after which he posed to the camera. The home crowd went berserk.
Pawan Sehrawat Awards & Achievements
- Gold at South Asian Games 2019
- PKL Champions 2018
- The MVP of the PKL season the 2018 season
- Sehrawat is the record holder for scoring the most points scored in one match, with 39.
- Sehrawat was the only player to have 300-raid-point seasons in the year 2019
- The 22 points scored by Sehrawat in the finals in 2018 are the highest ever scored by any player in the final.
- He was the top Raider and the best Allrounder for two consecutive seasons, in both 2018 and 2019.
- Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, born in New Delhi raised in New Delhi
- Pawan Kumar began his career playing for his club the Railways as a Domestic. He been a part of PKL Franchises Bengaluru Bulls and Gujarat Fortune Giants.
- Pawan Kumar also represented India in the 2019 South Asian Games. He was a key player in the finals , in which India beat Sri Lanka to win the gold.
- Sehrawat is a fan of cricket says AB de Villiers is his source of motivation. He added: “I have followed cricket for many years. I am a massive admirer of AB de Villiers. His style of play has long been an source of inspiration for me, which is why I picked my jersey number. as 17 as the way he plays”. He further said, “I want my raiding style to be akin to De Villiers’ batting style. Like the way he plays all kinds of shot, whether it’s long-on and long-off, hook or cut, I’d like to score points through every kind of raiding techniquebonuses, jumps or leap, stretch, etc. .”
- Like many raiders, Pawan has his own trademark move. The move is known as the “running hand”. This technique comes as an unexpected twist and is coupled with an abrupt speed increase. He rushes at an opponent and then extends his whole body for an instant touch with his hands before rushing back to the safety of.
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