Kabaddi veteran Rohit Kumar, renowned for his stellar performance in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), has lauded the league for its pivotal role in nurturing the sport's rapid growth in India. Rohit, who earned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award during the third season of PKL, reminisced about his journey and the league's impact on kabaddi in a recent statement.
In 2016, Rohit Kumar showcased his raiding prowess, amassing a staggering 102 raid points. His remarkable efforts propelled the Patna Pirates to their maiden PKL title, a historic achievement for the franchise.
Reflecting on the importance of national television broadcasting of the league, Rohit emphasized its transformative influence on players like him, stating, "The League being broadcast on national television was a big deal for us. I used to see other sportspersons on television, and I used to wonder when my time would come."
Pro Kabaddi League gears up for its monumental 10th season, set to kick off on December 3. Rohit Kumar discussed the exponential growth of kabaddi witnessed over the past nine seasons. He emphasized the league's role in igniting a newfound passion for kabaddi, remarking, "PKL has grown the game of kabaddi tremendously. Now, wherever we go, people recognize us and ask for photographs. Once I met a fan who even had a tattoo of my face on his shoulder. The Pro Kabaddi League gave kabaddi players a new lease of life in 2014."
Rohit Kumar's journey from playing kabaddi in his village, following in the footsteps of his father, to becoming a star on the national stage is an inspiring tale. He shared insights into his debut season in the Pro Kabaddi League, recalling the initial nervousness of playing in front of large audiences and television cameras. However, he quickly adapted to the high-pressure atmosphere, becoming a force to be reckoned with.
With the Pro Kabaddi League Player Auction for the landmark 1oth season approaching on October 9 to October 10, 2023, Rohit Kumar expressed his eagerness to be a part of a team. Despite recent seasons not meeting his expectations, he exuded confidence in his abilities, saying, "I am fully prepared for the next season, and my confidence is high. If I get a chance to play in this year's PKL Season, I will certainly produce my best."
As anticipation builds for the 10th edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, fans and players alike eagerly await the auctions, where talent will find new homes and the stage will be set for another thrilling season of kabaddi action. Stay tuned for updates and mark your calendars for the exciting kick-off on December 2, 2023. The Pro Kabaddi League is poised to continue its tradition of enthralling kabaddi enthusiasts across the nation.