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I used to love playing kabaddi in my childhood asserts Ravi Shastri ahead of milestone PKL season

Published at :November 24, 2023 at 09:11 PM
Modified at :November 24, 2023 at 09:13 PM
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Ravi Shastri used to play kabaddi in his colony.

The kabaddi fever is in the air as the milestone PKL Season 10 is all set to begin in Ahmedabad on 2nd December 2023. The superstars are ready to enthral the kabaddi lovers in each of the franchise's home cities this edition. 

Ahead of the special season, former Indian cricketers Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar reminisced about their own experience of playing and watching the game of kabaddi in Mumbai. "I used to play kabaddi in my colony. It was a lot of fun to play the game because we used to play in the evening. Everyone from the colony used to come together to play. And a group of 50 people used to watch our games," said Shastri.

Shastri also expressed about the fitness level required for the sport, "A good fitness level is very important for kabaddi. Core strength and lower body are very important."

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Sanjay Manjrekar share his thought on kabaddi

Meanwhile, Manjrekar spoke about the night kabaddi culture in Mumbai, "A very competitive night kabaddi used to take place and a lot of people used to go and watch the games in Mumbai. I also used to go and watch the games along with the huge crowd."

Manjrekar added that he found facing fast bowlers easier than playing kabaddi, "This is a contact sport. I found it easier to wear a helmet and face fast bowling than playing kabaddi. One requires flexibility, strength and smartness for this sport."

PKL is set to start on 2nd December

The league is thrilled to welcome the kabaddi fans from each of the franchise's home cities back to the stadium this season. The Ahmedabad leg will be held from 2-7 December 2023. Thereafter, the league will move in the following order of venues - Bengaluru (8-13 December 2023), Pune (15-20 December 2023), Chennai (22-27 December 2023), Noida (29 December 2023 - 3 January 2024), Mumbai (5-10 January 2024), Jaipur (12-17 January 2024), Hyderabad (19-24 January 2024), Patna (26-31 January 2024), Delhi (2-7 February 2024), Kolkata (9-14 February 2024) and Panchkula (16-21 February).

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