A little more than a year ago, Delhi boy Pawan Kumar Sehrawat was going nowhere. He had spent most of Season 5 on the bench with Pro Kabaddi League debutants Gujarat Fortune Giants. Despite the team reaching the final, it was a bittersweet year for Sehrawat, who started only 9 times and scored a paltry 10 points. This, only two years after he was Bengaluru Bulls’ leading point scorer in his debut season. His stars were not aligning anymore, and he didn’t expect to be bought by anyone for Season 6. He had even decided to quit the game and go back to his job as a TC at New Delhi Railway station.
Fast-forward to today. Season 7. 43 matches in, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat leads almost every chart. He already has 96 points in 7 matches for the Bulls, more than 31 points ahead of the next raider in the list. He has 87 raid points alone, 23 ahead of second-placed Naveen Kumar. 68 successful raids, a full 12 ahead of Kumar again. 3 Super Raids and 4 Super 10s – the numbers are staggering, but not a surprise anymore. He has already lit up Season 7 with arguably the best ever PKL single-game performance against the Bengal Warriors in the first week of August. He inspired the Bulls to demolish the Warriors’ 11-point lead in the last five minutes to finish with a record high of 29 points in their heart-stopping 43-42 victory. In the defending champions’ 4 victories so far, Sehrawat has outshone captain Rohit Kumar and been the crucial difference between the teams. In short, he is an out-and-out match-winner, whose team will win if he performs, the Kabaddi equivalent of Virat Kohli.
Whether Bengaluru Bulls manage to defend their title or not, it’s clear that their star raider is now here to stay. One-season wonders are plenty, but Sehrawat doesn’t seem to be one of those. He is strong, focused, and relishing this second opportunity in life – and it’s only a matter of time before he is the fulcrum of the Indian national team.
But let’s take a closer look at the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6 before we hail the rise of Kabaddi’s latest superstar:
– Pawan Kumar Sehrawat was bought for INR 53 lakhs by the Bengaluru Bulls from the Gujarat Fortune Giants, almost four times his price of the previous season, despite his poor performance in Season 4 and Season 5 (he had a total of 19 points in 19 matches in those two seasons).
– After Pardeep Narwal won the MVP award for two seasons in a row, Sehrawat finished Season 6 on top of the point charts and won the MVP award.
– He scored 282 points, including 271 raid points (209 raids and 12 Super raids).
– He scored 22 points in the Final against former team Fortune Giants, dragging the Bulls to the title with a superb 38-33 victory against all odds.
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– Bulls coach Randhir Sehrawat is credited with mentoring Pawan and bring him back into the team after a poor season. Nobody expected his game to change so drastically, yet he was on the radar of all the 12 PKL teams after an inspiring performance at the 2018 Federation Cup.
– Sehrawat is now considered to be the best raider in India at the moment, with his comeback in Season 6 touted as perhaps the greatest turnaround for an Indian athlete in recent history. He was in danger of fading away before a few months changed it all.
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