Pune: When Pardeep Narwal is not on the mat, you will see Monu Goyat taking centre stage and steering the Patna Pirates raiding department. This has been a regular scene when Pirates are playing in Pro Kabaddi Season 5.
Raider Monu Goyat, the 24-year-old, has been impressive this season and has made a name for himself, as he has been instrumental for Patna Pirates. In the last season of the PKL, he represented Bengal Warriors.
Sakal Times caught up with Goyat, who is also a Services employee, and got him to speak about his journey in Pro Kabaddi so far.
“It has been a good journey till now. This is the season in which my performance has been good. All the games, which we played, have given good results. I have given my best whenever I have got a chance to prove myself. We are placed in the first position in our pool,” Goyat said.
“In the professional level, all the players are very good. It is difficult to make a place for yourself. I focussed on training hard right from pre-season. And the results are here for all to see. All the hard work is bearing fruit,” Goyat informed.
In this edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, Goyat has scored more than 100 raid points. When quizzed about how his performance has shaped up, he said, “Our coach has majorly contributed towards my performance. He is the one who taught us and brings to our notice where we lack and we work towards it. Secondly, it is the team which is the second most important contributor to my performance. All the members of the team have supported me a lot. Whenever I have gone for a raid and have not got a point, my fellow teammates have boosted my morale.”
“Also, my parents have been my biggest supporters. They keep calling me from time to time and encourage me to do well. They supported me from the beginning. I come from Haryana where kabaddi and wrestling are the games played by everyone. So right from the start, I got the motivation which was needed,” Goyat informed.
“I used to play kabaddi in my hometown and was interested in the sport right from childhood. My uncle Vijender Singh was a very good kabaddi player. I aspired to become a good player like him. He fuelled my interest towards the game,” Goyat added.
“I never thought that kabaddi will become such a famous sport because it was a local game. No one at that time thought that kabaddi will come in the spotlight. What the organisers of Pro Kabaddi League have done has been good for the sport,” Goyat concluded.