Pawan Kumar Sehrawat’s meteoric rise with Bengaluru Bulls has made him the true heir to the Pro Kabaddi throne.
The ‘Most Valuable Player’ of Pro Kabaddi season six, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat seems to be riding on the success of the previous season in 2019 as well. After leading Bengaluru Bulls to title-victory in 2018, Sehrawat has found top form once again in the ongoing season, displaying a string of match-winning performances by leading the charge in the offence.
Sehrawat’s ascent to the top has been nothing short of inspirational. After his first three PKL seasons, the swift raider managed a total of just 74 points in 32 matches. But 2018 painted a completely different picture. The fleet-footed raider rose to the occasion and delivered one of the finest string of performances which might have just become the yardstick against which all future raiders will be adjudged.
A Raid of points
The Bengaluru Bulls raider’s graph escalated faster than anyone’s expectations and the 23-year-old credits his success to his coach Randhir Singh. His stint with Gujarat Fortunegiants was abysmal but Singh gave him another chance and rekindled his spirit.
The results were prominent. In the sixth season, which spanned over the course of 24 matches, Sehrawat outclassed star raider Pardeep Narwal by 49 points, ending his campaign with a career-best tally of 282 total points. Owing to his quick mindedness on the mat, Sehrawat also garnered 13 Super 10s with average raid points of 11.29 per match.
However, his most notable accomplishment came in the final of the previous season against Gujarat when he became the first player to rack a total of 22 points in a Pro Kabaddi final, single-handedly leading Bengaluru to their maiden PKL title.
The show goes on
The groundwork was laid and the reputation was in place as Sehrawat took off to a flyer in season seven as well. Again leading the charts for total points in the ongoing season, Sehrawat has been a nightmare for defenders. In his first 16 matches of the ongoing season, Sehrawat has posted average raid points of 12.87 per match which is comprehensively better than his previous season average.
Pawan Sehrawat broke his own record of being quickest to reach 200 raid points in one season of PKL (2018 - 19 games, 2019 - 16 games)
— Indian Sports Beat (@indiansbeat) September 14, 2019
He is always giving a stiff competition to the new kid on the block, Naveen Kumar and the veteran raider Pardeep Narwal whenever he comes out to play. The bustling raider has turned himself into one of the most prolific players of the tournament and with the performances that he keeps putting in, day in and day out, a place in the Indian Kabaddi team is definitely not far away.
Feature image courtesy: Star Sports & PKL