Diving jack gears up to enthrall fans again

Jigar Hindocha
Wednesday, 21 June 2017

“Our game had less popularity in urban India but in villages, game was always popular. The emergence of PKL completely changed the face of our game and it has also given us popularity,” said Narwal,

Pune: Known for his diving raids, Patna Pirates’ star raider Pradeep Narwal is all ready to spell his magic in Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season, 5 which starts on July 28.

In an exclusive interview with Sakal Times, Narwal said, “We are two-time champions and there is no doubt that we have very good chance of making a hat trick in Season 5. We have a great team and this time many new boys have joined, which has made our squad stronger than earlier.”

The 20-year-old came into limelight with his unique raids wherein he teases defenders either by jumping above them or by bending down  and diving between the pair of legs.

“Dubki (diving) raid comes naturally. I never executed it with a plan. When I am raiding and If I feel I can get rid of opponents via Dubki raid then I go for it. Where there are two defenders or seven, it does not matter.”

“Once Rahul Chaudhari—Telugu Titan’s raider—asked me to teach him Dubki raid, but I told him this style comes naturally to him and can’t be taught.”

In a very less span Narwal has became an important cog in Patna Pirates squad. Out of a total of 488 raids, Pradeep has managed to pull out 190 successful raids.

“I enjoy raiding, but in every raid I cannot win points. Raids are also executed according to the situations. Sometimes you need an empty raid so you have to perform accordingly,” said Narwal.

Hailing from Sonepat in Haryana, which has a legacy of producing best kabaddi players for the country, Narwal has followed his village-mates and played kabaddi without any worries.

“My uncle used to take me along while he went to play kabaddi. It was an everyday practice and I soon started enjoying it.

“Our game had less popularity in urban India but in villages, game was always popular. The emergence of PKL completely changed the face of our game and it has also given us popularity,” said Narwal, who was the part of Bengaluru Bulls for Season 2 before joining Patna Pirates for the next two seasons.

“I kept playing my game and after joining Patna Pirates everything clicked and I followed all the advice given by my coach Arjun Singh in the Season 4.

“It feels good to get retained by your franchise and I will perform best this time as well,” added Pradeep.

Patna Pirates will start their training camp from June 25, either in Delhi or Chandigarh. Manpreet Singh will captain the side and team will be coached by Sanjeev Kumar.

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