Patna: After a splendid performance against Jaipur Pink Panthers on Friday where they won 36-25, Gujarat Fortunegiants now stand third in Zone A with 29 points, having played 7 matches, winning 5, losing 1 and one match ending in a tie. Credit for Gujarat’s emergence in the league must go to youngsters who have given their best shot in trying to make their presence felt in the team.
As the Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 is currently stationed in Greater Noida for its fifth stopover, Gujarat Fortunegiants’ Rohit Gulia chatted up with Sakal Times about his journey so far. The 20-year-old Rohit Gulia credits an early start into the game to hard work because of which he has been able to make it to the PKL stage.
“It has been a long journey of nine year for me to reach here. A lot of hard work has gone into making me what I am today,” Gulia said.
“I started from school tournaments in the Under-14 category and went on to play at different levels finally reaching this stage here at the Pro Kabadi League. It is very important for a player to have control and concentrate on the game,” he added.
“Earlier when the Pro Kabaddi League was not there, our target used to be to play for the Indian national team. When PKL came in the picture, every players’ target is to play in PKL and perform well. PKL has been a good platform for all the kabaddi players as they have got their due here. Players have been able to make a name for themselves,” Gulia explained.
“People all over the country have started to know us now because of PKL. We are now giving it our best and trying to reach new heights,” Gulia shared. Throwing some light on how PKL has been a positive change Gulia said “We have played local kabaddi tournaments with the same players (who are a part of PKL) sometimes in one team and sometimes being opponents. After playing on this platform, I realised that the game here is different than the game played locally. Even the atmosphere here in the stadium has a positive effect on the players. The lighting here coupled with cheering of the fans encourages us to perform.”
Another young player Vikram Kandola (20) who was a bit shy to speak initially, opened up slowly sharing his experience about being a part of PKL.
“This is the first time I am playing in the Pro Kabaddi League. It all started in the university where I won two gold medals. This chance has come in after a lot of hard work. When PKL started, it was my aim that I will be a part of it someday and now I am here. The experience so far has been good. I have changed as a player and learnt new techniques,” Kandola said.
“PKL has given me the confidence to play against bigger and better players. Thanks to the training we have been undertaking from the past three months, we are able to maintain our fitness,” Kandola added.
Asked about which team has been the toughest opponent this season, Kandola’s immediate answer was “Mumbai has been a tough opponent this season. But we are here to win and give out best. Our coach Manpreet Singh has played an important role in shaping us. He explains all the things in detail.”