Pawan Kumar Sehrawat: Kabaddi PlayerOn March 3, 2022 by Drake
The Pro Kabaddi League ( PKL) until now has seen intense matches and new stars emerge every season. While many have had the ups and downs of the sport, some new faces have made an impact on the PKL with impressive performances. One such player can be Pawan Kumar Sehrawat.
In the present, Pawan Sehrawat is among the most popular players of the PKL. He is able to surprise opponents by his unique extended reach and signature hand movements that he runs with makes him a formidable opponent to take on.
Just 23 years old, Pawan is among the best gamers at the age of 23 in Indian Kabaddi; helped Bengaluru Bulls to their first ever title, and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player of the year in 2018.
Pawan Sehrawat Biography
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, born the 9th July 1996 within the capital city of Delhi and began playing Kabaddi when he was 12 years old. “I was very 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 started thinking of taking it seriously. Nobody in my family had played in the sport and we never thought of it as a potential career,” Pawan remembers. Pawan first participated in the school Nationals followed by his first All India University Games.
In the year 2015, Pawan was in his second year of graduating. But, Randhir Singh spotted the young raider, who was then 18, during his Northern Railways trials and offered him a job at the railways. The following year, the Bengaluru located PKL franchise was able to sign him up.
Pawan Sehrawat Family
His mother, Pawan, was adamant that he focus on his education. His mother would often quote the famous Hindi line: “Padhoge likehoge to banoge nawab’ which means that If you study, you’ll be admired. “She encouraged me to do my best in school. But I wasn’t enjoying studying so much. In addition, I’m not a fan of doing too much. In my school days I would play Kabaddi,” he says.
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Pawan was forced to assume responsibility when he turned 18. The plastic recycling facility run by his father closed which left the family living off the profits of the small supermarket. Pawan was later kicked out of college after he was offered an employment as an TTE for the Indian Railways due to Kabaddi. After his financial troubles were past, Pawan did go and finish his undergraduate degree at Delhi University.
Pawan Sehrawat Career
Pawan is a member of his country in the Indian Railways in senior nationals and in the last few years has been awe-inspiring to many. He played as an defender just in the past. It was only when he joined the Railways team that he began to play the role of raider. Pawan has been quite impressive in his work in the role.
His performance in the 65th Senior National Kabaddi Championships as and in the Federation Cup made him a profitable property to auction. In a game against Karnataka the player recorded a whopping 18 points during the Senior Nationals. He continued to impress through the Federation Cup as well.
Pawan Sehrawat Pro Kabaddi
Pawan began playing for his team the Bengaluru Bulls in the Pro Kabaddi League at 20 years old. In his first year playing for the Bulls, Pawan started 13 of 14 games and scored 53 points. He was the Bulls most prolific raider in points. In the subsequent campaign, Pawan featured only ten times and scored only 11 points.
One reason that he had fewer opportunities was the introduction in Season 3 MVP Rohit Kumarand Deepak Kumar Dahiya. Sehrawat was pushed down the pecking order, and consequently got limited chances.
A brief stint playing Gujarat Fortune Giants
But, a young Sehrawat’s talent didn’t remain unnoticed. He was bought for an amount of 13.8 lakhs in the hands of PKL the debutant Gujarat Fortune Giants. The problem was that Sehrawat suffered a disappointing season as a result of the combination of not playing enough and not taking his chances.
“They bought me for 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. The majority of skilled players who were not sold. I was contemplating whether I should leave the League and quit before they kick me out. I am an TT in the New Delhi station, which is very close to my home So I thought I should focus on my work.”
But, the universe always gives the opportunity to try again. This time, Bengaluru Bulls, his former team, offered him another chance.
A return and a breakthrough season for Bengaluru Bulls
Randhir Singh, the coach who was able to spot him while working for Railways and brought him back in his home in the Southern City for Rs52.8 lakhs. “He (Randhir) phoned me after the end of season 5 and advised me not to be depressed,” Sehrawat recalls.
“He promised to take me back in Bengaluru Bulls, and helped me gain confidence. Bengaluru purchased me for an amount of 52.8 lakhs. The price didn’t matter. I was simply seeking a chance to succeed.” Not affluent by his high cost, Sehrawat showed why he received a large sum of money.
In his second appearance with the club, Sherawat scored 20 points against the Tamil Thalaivas. He then blasted through defenses using his speed and strength. Pawan Kumar was the leader of Bengaluru Bulls to the final in which he achieved a record-breaking 22 points and denied his former team the trophy.
He ended the season with the most points- 282; the highest score on raids was 271 points Most successful raids- 209 and the highest number of super raids of 12. Pawan received the prized Most Valuable Player, and it was a good thing he did merit the honor! In his post-season interview 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 well, take my team to victory or be named 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 captain Rohit Kumar’s declining form, Pawan Kumar took up his role while the Bulls made their way to playoffs. He proved he’s not an ‘one-season miracle’, Sehrawat scored 360 points in just 24 games, and it was done 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. When he faced the eventual winners, Bengal Warriors, Pawan scored 29 points, which was the third highest score ever recorded in the history of the League. Kumar was again named his team’s MVP.
With the score at 20-23, and less than two seconds into the second period 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 when he ran towards Sehrawat to attack him.
Sehrawat was rushing across the mat in an attempt at the ‘Running Hand” in which Ravinder Kumar took advantage of the blindside of Sehrawat to position himself in the perfect position in the middle of the line and between him and his raider. The odds were not in favor of Sehrawat in this scenario. He was unable to get around the opponent because his path was blocked, so the alternatives for his escape boring.
It could be that he has to get over the defensive however that could not be likely to be achieved. Pawan was able to leap over Kumar and was able to get on his feet before posing in front of the cameras. The home crowd went berserk.
Pawan Sehrawat Awards & Achievements
- Gold at South Asian Games 2019
- PKL Champions 2018
- The MVP of PKL season the 2018 season
- Sehrawat is the record holder for scoring the highest number of points scored in a single match, with 39.
- Sehrawat was the only player to post 300-raid-point seasons in the year 2019
- Sehrawat’s 22 points from the finals of 2018 were the highest ever scored by any player in an event final.
- He was the best runner and the best Allrounder for two consecutive seasons- in 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 previously played with 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 who is a keen cricketer says AB de Villiers is his source of motivation. He added: “I have followed cricket for quite a while. I am a massive admirer of AB de Villiers. The man has been an source of inspiration, so I chose my number. as 17 as De Villiers”. He also said, “I want my raiding style to be similar to De Villiers’ batting style. Like the way he plays all kinds of shot, whether it’s long-on or long-off, hook or cut, I’d like to score points through every kind of raiding techniquesuch as bonus, jump or leap, stretch, etc. .”
- As with most raiders Pawan has his own trademark move. It’s called the “running hand touch”. The move is an unexpected twist and is coupled with an abrupt acceleration. He swoops toward the defender and then extends his body to get quick contact with his hands before rushing back to his safety.
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