Deepak Hudda is the skipper of Puneri Paltan in the Pro Kabaddi league. The man has just helped India win the Asian Championship, and is on top of his game.
However it has not been a rosy journey for the man from Rohtak, Haryana. In an exclusive interview to Indiatimes, he revealed how losing his mother at an early age made kabaddi a distraction as he practiced to kill time in his village.
“From the start I loved the sport. I lost my mother when I was 4, I practiced a lot in our village and slowly came to the notice of the coaches.”
Hudda represented Telugu Titans in the first three seasons of the Pro Kabaddi League. This year as Puneri Paltans skipper, he helped them to a podium finish.
“The Pro Kabaddi League has helped the sport a lot in India. We did not have much infrastructure when we were training nor was there much money, now at least we are financially taken care of.”
Life had hit another roadblock in 2013, when his father died. Deepak had to quit studies and become part-time teacher. However, things began to look up as he improved his game by practicing in other villages for the next two years.
He finally made his debut for India in the South Asian Games last year and has not looked back since.
So does he feel if kabaddi becomes an Olympic sport, India can bring home a medal?
“Yes definitely, there is every chance if we take part in the Olympics we can win a medal,” said the 23 year-old.
So does the man have any hobbies when not bore down by extreme training routine?
“I pretty like to eat anything. I love gulab jamun,” he quipps. He enjoys watching a lot of Bollywood films too but has no particular favourite.
Having just won the Asian Championship, Deepak has his sights set on the Asian Games in 2018.
“It is my target as of now. We have one year to prepare and hopefully I shall make it count.”
That’s the man for you. His career is only beginning to take off, but the signs are good. It has not been easy to get this far, but more challenges lie ahead, here’s wishing all the best for the future and a successful career.