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From kabaddi heartland of Nizampur, Mohit lives and breathes the sport

Coming from a middle class family, the money has been of great help to Mohit and family.

Published: 08th July 2016 02:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2016 08:55 AM   |  A+A-

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PATNA: “GOOD things happen to those who wait,” said Violet Fane, a novelist of the Victorian Era. Bengaluru Bulls defender Mohit Chhillar can relate to it more than anybody. At 23, the lad from Nizampur near north-west Delhi is the costliest player at the biggest stage of the sport in the country.

As the Patna leg of season 4 of the Pro Kabaddi League kickstarted at the Pataliputra Sports Complex, Bengaluru did not have the best of games. That’s when the question of pressure pops up. “I know I am the costliest player and certain defensive errors swung the game in favour of Telugu Titans. Obviously there is pressure, but I am very focussed.  My aim is to take Bengaluru Bulls to the finals,” said Mohit.

Coming from a middle class family, the money has been of great help to Mohit and family. “We haven’t decided on what to do with the money. Since I am the only son, there is lot of time for all that,” he added.

The media and TV coverage of PKL has benefitted the athletes to a great level. People live and breathe kabaddi in Nizampur and Mohit’s achievements have turned him into a star in his hometown. “ We play kabaddi for pride. It’s a good feeling when you go back home to a hero’s welcome. People have suddenly started recognising me and that makes me and my family very happy.”

Mohit, however, is very disappointed in not playing for Delhi in the Nationals. “Since I was a kid, I wanted to play for Delhi. That never happened. Now, if they select me, I will still play for Rajasthan. They helped me reach where I am today. When someone does so much for you, one must also be loyal. Rajasthan will always be my first priority.”

Bengaluru and Mohit had a very quiet game. As the Pirate chants resonated throughout the game, Mohit was not very comfortable with the constant travelling involved. “As an athlete, one requires adequate rest to give one’s 100 per cent. Such a hectic schedule is definitely taking a toll on me and my teammates. But the league is still wide open. I think we have a chance and we will come back stronger,” said the energetic youngster.

Mohit’s birthplace has a special bond with the game. And it is no surprise that he wants to keep contributing even after his playing days. “I know it’s a bit too early, but I certainly plan on giving back to the game that has given me so much. There is no plan as such. But to start a coaching centre in Nizampur will be an excellent idea. As a kid, I found it difficult to find proper coaching. I sincerely wish that the next generation should never face my situation,” he concluded.

vimalsankar@newindianexpress.com



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