Everyone sitting outside the court watched anxiously as Susheel Yadav, a lone survivor, took a tiger leap and managed to save the day for his kabaddi team.
And then from the knockout stage to the league round, there was no turning back for this team from Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV). Ranked third in the league round, the team managed to qualify for national championship, which is to be held in Mumbai from December 14.
With this qualification, the boys have re-written the varsity’s sports history. This is for the first time in last 43 years that a team from DAVV has qualified to play in national level kabaddi tournament organised by Association of Indian Universities.
The students achieved this feat in Central Zone Inter-University Kabaddi (Men) Tournament held in Kakatiya University at Warangal in last week of November.
“We are the only team from Madhya Pradesh to qualify for nationals,” said director of physical education at DAVV, M I Qureshi.
On Wednesday, the boys were seen practicing for nationals with their coach at Bhau Shinde ground. “I cried on the field when we couldn’t qualify in 1999, but now I am living my dream through these boys,” said Nilesh Mandloi, team’s coach.
“These boys are very hard-working. They do some part-time jobs in morning before attending classes in afternoon. In evening, all 12 of them assemble here for practice,” said head coach Narsing Karade.
Team captain Himanshu Raghuvanshi said, “Qureshi sir’s motivational words before we left for the tournament really lifted our spirits and our coaches constantly support us in improving the game.”
“Everyone in the team is a raider and everyone is a catcher, and this is our strength,” added Himanshu, 1st year LLB student.
“The best part of the game is, when you go for a raid into opponents court you have to fight against seven people of your size ready to pin you down,” said Mahesh Goud, the best leaper in the team.
The team is leaving for Mumbai to play in nationals on Thursday. There will be 20 teams from all over India contesting for the championship.
The team: Himanshu raghuvanshi (Captain, LLB-I), Mahesh Goud (B.Com II), Vikas Baswal (B.Com I), Lakhan Vankiya (B.Com II), Nitin Kaware (B.Com II), Susheel Yadav (B.Com I), Deepak Kuorwal (MBA I), Neeraj Goud (M.Com I), Navdeep Goud (B.Com III) Ravi Kaushal (M.Com I), Mahesh Padiyar (BPT III), Vaibhav Purohit (MCA I).