Growing up, Nitin Tomar was always deliberate a ‘black sheep’ of his village. He hails from Malakpur encampment in Bagpat district of Uttar Pradesh, an area famous for producing wrestlers. In fact, dual of his uncles even grappled during a general level. But a 22-year-old was a usually one who sought a veteran career in kabaddi. On Monday, during a Pro Kabaddi League’s biggest auction, Tomar marched out as a tournament’s many costly actor ever – earning a whopping Rs 93 lakh when a new Uttar Pradesh authorization successfully bid for him. “Itna jyada hoga, kabhi socha hi nahi tha,” he says.
The ravisher pennyless onto a PKL stage in a third season, when he featured for Bengal Warriors. A few months later, he plied his trade with Puneri Paltan raking adult a sum of 115 points in a 22 matches he played. The opening warranted him his initial call-up to a inhabitant group for a World Cup in Ahmedabad final October. There too he continued his excellent run, heading a raiding line for a contingent champions.
While his kabaddi career has reached new heights, a Indian Navy soldier credits his success to his wrestling roots. Growing adult in a encampment with a abounding wrestling culture, Tomar too deliberate himself a budding grappler. “Kabaddi was a competition we played in propagandize some-more like a warm-up or time-pass exercise,” he recalls. “I would raid, and never get caught. One of a teachers saw me and motionless to take me for tournaments. Slowly, we got hooked.” His preference to collect a ‘lesser’ competition of a encampment did not go down good with Malakpur residents. “People would taunt me wherever we went since we didn’t follow a wrestling path. Mujhe bhi alag lagta tha,” he says.
But he persevered. The earthy strength was already there given his wrestling roots, and once a technique was put in place, a Petty Officer during INS Angre section of a Indian Navy became one of a many sought-after players in a PKL. The Rs 93 lakh sum comes only a year after Mohit Chhillar became a many costly actor in a final auction, when Bangalore Bulls purchased him for Rs 53 lakh. Naturally, there will be high of expectations from Tomar hereon. “It’s a privilege, yet we need to be mentally clever to cope with being a many costly player,” says former India captain Rakesh Kumar. “A lot of income has been spent on you, yet we need to keep your conduct focused on a game, not on a income involved. He seems to be a man able of doing only that.”
At a impulse though, Tomar has already done skeleton about what he wants to do with a money. “Behen ki shaadi karvaani hai… makaan banwaana hai…” he lists. Since final year, a Tomar domicile has altered from being a home of a black sheep to a residence of one of Malakpur’s favourite sons. His success has paved a approach for larger appearance in kabaddi during a responsibility of a formerly elite wrestling.
“All a kids during home wish to accommodate me and be like me now. They learn how to combat only so they can play kabaddi, like we do,” he says. The new bid increases his status further, both in a competition and during home. “Now we need to infer that it was all value it,” he says, emphatically.
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