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Pro Kabaddi League: Against odds, they made a name for themselves

Three players, Nitin Madane, Rishank Devadiga and Kashling Adake, made it big with out much support.

Written by Shahid Judge , Saikat Ghosh | Updated: July 18, 2015 1:53:44 pm
pro kabaddi, pro kabaddi 2015, pro kabaddi league, kabaddi league 2015, kabaddi league, dabang delhi, u mumba, bengaluru bulls, telgu titans, jaipur pink panthers, bengal warriors, puneri paltans, patna pirates, salman khan, amitabh bachchan, kabaddi news, sports news, india news 22-year-old, Kashling Adake is a key member of Dabang Delhi. (Source: Express photo by Saikat Ghosh)

Nitin Madane

Bengal Warriors’ pacy and powerful raider owes his strength to the weekend job as a labourer he used to do as a 12-year-old. Financial crunch led the youngster to take up the task of hauling bags of sand onto a truck. The earnings would go into meeting family’s daily expenditure.

On one occasion he used his salary to purchase a vest and training shorts — requirements for admission at the Islampura Vyam Mandal, where he learnt kabaddi.

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His speed and flair in the raiding department earned him the praise of many experts, justifying his hefty Rs 9.6 lakh purchase at the auction last year.

Rishank Devadiga

Once a part-time waiter at a posh Mumbai hotel, 21-year-old Rishank is now one of the most recognisable faces when he checks-in at five-stars around the country along with his U Mumba teammates. Throughout the year we would train at the Sagar Nagar Kabaddi Club, near his chawl in Mumbai.

Once during the rains, his home got flooded and the family had to incur huge debt to repair it. This forced him to drop out of college and take up a waiter’s job. Nonetheless, his abilities on the kabaddi mat was soon noticed by BPCL who offered him a steady job, before U Mumba came knocking.

Kashling Adake

At 12, Kashiling Adake’s nascent presence on the kabaddi courts of the Kasegaon village in the Sangli district of Maharashtra had come to an abrupt end. The only-child of farming parents was forced to take up odd jobs after his father’s death. The mother-son duo had to deal with large unpaid medical bills as well as manage funds to complete the underconstruction house. Adake lost any hope of getting back into the game. Some years later his cousin Sunil, who played for BPCL in Mumbai forced the youngster back into kabaddi. Today the 22-year-old is a key member of Dabang Delhi, having been drafted in for Rs 10 lakh. He thanks his cousin for this second chance.

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