The Pro Kabaddi League ( PKL) until now has seen thrilling matches, and also some new stars emerge every season. While many have had through ups and downs, a few new players have made an impact on the PKL with impressive performances. One of these can be Pawan Kumar Sehrawat.
In the present, Pawan Sehrawat is among the most popular players within the PKL. He is able to shock defenders by his lengthy reach, and his signature running hand gestures make him an ideal opponent to play.
At only 23 years old, Pawan is among the most successful athletes 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 in Delhi and was playing Kabaddi when he was 12 years old. “I was very healthy in my youth and it was normal for me to perform well against smaller youngsters on the kabaddi mat.”
“But it wasn’t until I was in ninth grade that I started thinking about playing the sport seriously. My family hasn’t had played in the sport so we didn’t think about it as a profession,” Pawan remembers. Pawan began playing at the school Nationals before playing in his first All India University Games.
In the year 2015, Pawan was in his second year of graduating. But, Randhir Singh spotted the then 18-year-old in his Northern Railways trials and offered him a job at the railways. The following year, the Bengaluru situated PKL franchise was able to sign him up.
Pawan Sehrawat Family
The mother of Pawan was adamant that he focus on his education. His mother often quoted the famous Hindi line: “Padhoge likehoge banoge”nawab” meaning that when you are a student, you will be revered. “She required me to do my best in school. However, I didn’t like the process so much. Additionally, I don’t enjoy being too busy. At school I played Kabaddi,” he says.
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Pawan was forced to assume responsibility at 18. His father’s plastic recycling business closed which left the family living off the profits of a tiny grocery store. Pawan then dropped out of school after he secured an employment as an TTE for the Indian Railways due to Kabaddi. When his financial problems were past, Pawan did go and complete his undergrad at Delhi University.
Pawan Sehrawat Career
Pawan is a member of an Indian Railways team. Indian Railways in senior nationals and over the last few years has been awe-inspiring to many. He was an defender just at one point. It was only when he joined the Railways team that he took on the new position of raider. Pawan has impressed with his work in the role.
His performance in the 65th Senior National Kabaddi Championships as along with the Federation Cup made him a profitable property to auction. In a game against Karnataka He recorded a whopping 18 points at the Senior Nationals. He carried his impressive form through the Federation Cup as well.
Pawan Sehrawat Pro Kabaddi
Pawan began his playing career with his team the Bengaluru Bulls in the Pro Kabaddi League at the age of 20. In his first season playing for the Bulls, Pawan started 13 of 14 games and scored 53 points. He was the Bulls top raider by points. But, in the next campaign, Pawan featured only ten times, scoring only 11 points.
One reason that he had fewer opportunities was the inclusion in Season 3 MVP Rohit Kumarand Deepak Kumar Dahiya. Sehrawat fell down in the pecking order, and consequently was given fewer chances.
A brief time in Gujarat Fortune Giants
The young Sehrawat’s talent didn’t get overlooked. He was bought for the sum of Rs 13.8 lakhs from PKL the debutant Gujarat Fortune Giants. But, Sehrawat was a disappointment because of the combination of not playing enough and being unable to make the most of his chances.
“They purchased me for around 14 lakhs. I was thinking they’d made a lot of money and I was unable to do anything. Perhaps next year, nobody will even pay an amount of Rs8 Lakh to me. Many of the skilled players who were not sold. I was contemplating whether I should just quit the League and take a break before they throw me out. I am an TT on the New Delhi station, which is close to my home So I was thinking that I could be able to concentrate on my job.”
But, the universe always gives second chances. This time, Bengaluru Bulls, his former team, offered him another chance.
The team is back and has a breakout season 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 back after season 5 and advised me not to be discouraged,” Sehrawat recalls.
“He promised to take me back with him to Bengaluru Bulls, and helped me regain confidence. Bengaluru purchased me for an amount of 52.8 lakhs. The price was not a factor. I was seeking a chance to succeed.” Unaffected by the high price, Sehrawat showed why he was paid a huge sum.
When he made his debut for the second time with the team, Sherawat scored 20 points against the Tamil Thalaivas. He then blasted through defences using his speed and strength. Pawan Kumar played the Bengaluru Bulls to the final in which he recorded a record-breaking 22 points, while also denying his former team the trophy.
He ended his season with the top points- 282; the highest score on raids was 271 points Most successful raids- 209 and the most super raids-12. Pawan received the prized Most Valuable Player, and it was a good thing he did get the honor! After the season the humble Delhite admits that he “wanted to be the best for my team, but I didn’t think I could do it as effectively, or lead my team to victory or be named MVP.”
Pawan’s impressive performances continued the coming season as he hopes to get 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 were able to get to the playoffs. In proving he’s not an ‘one-season miracle’, Sehrawat scored 360 points over 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. In the final game against eventual winners- Bengal Warriors, Pawan scored 29 points, the third highest ever recorded in the history of the League. Kumar was again named an MVP for the entire season.
The score was 20-23, and less than two seconds into the follow-up period of the game that was played between Bengaluru and Patna Raider Pawan Kumar Sehrawat stepped into the opponent’s half to reduce the deficit of his team. Patna Pirates’ corner defender Ravinder Kumar was on the lookout that he was in the right place when he rushed from Sehrawat and attempted to block him.
Sehrawat was rushing across the mat to try the ‘Running Hand” in which Ravinder Kumar took advantage of his blindside to put himself in the perfect position right between midline players and raiders. The odds were not in favor of Sehrawat in this scenario. He was unable to get around the defensive player as his route was blocked, so the possibilities for a successful escape dull.
Maybe he’d have to get over the defensive and then over the defender, but that isn’t possible. Pawan was able to leap over Kumar and was able to get on his feet before posing to the camera. The home crowd went berserk.
Pawan Sehrawat Awards & Achievements
- Gold at South Asian Games 2019
- PKL Champions 2018
- The MVP of PKL season in 2018
- Sehrawat has the distinction of having scoring the most points scored in one match, with 39.
- Sehrawat was the only player to post 300-raid points in the year 2019
- Sehrawat’s 22 points from the finals in 2018 are the highest ever scored by any player in an event final.
- He was the best runner and Best Allrounder in two consecutive seasons- in 2018 and 2019.
- Pawan Kumar Sehrawat was born . He 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 was also a part of India at the 2019 South Asian Games. He was a key player in the finals , in which India came out on top of Sri Lanka to win the gold.
- Sehrawat the cricket enthusiast, says AB de Villiers is his source of motivation. He stated: “I have followed cricket for many years. I am a big admirer of AB de Villiers. The man has been an inspiration and that is why I chose my number. 17 as he does”. He also said, “I want my raiding style to mimic De Villiers his batting style. Like how he takes every kind of shot, at long-on, longer-off, cut, or hook I’d like to score points by using various raiding techniques like bonus jump or leap, stretch and so on.”
- Like many raiders, Pawan also has his own signature move. It’s called the “running hand”. The move is the surprise of being paired with an abrupt acceleration. He rushes at the defender and extends his body to get an immediate contact with his hand prior to returning to the safety of.
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