By Ashok Kumar Shaw
Telugu Titans team in Pro League is a mix of players from all regions in India. Despite the regional differences, there is immense love among the team members, asserts raider Rohit Baliyan.
“Our team is good and disciplined. There’s a lot of love,” says Rohit. “Lot of players are from different regions in India. We are from north, and some players are from south and others from west. But there is no regional disparity. We play together as one team,” he adds.
So, how do players communicate with each other as they have different dialects coming from different regions of India.
“Hindi is our national language… we are able to speak Hindi and some South Indian languages kanjom kanjom (Little, little),” Rohit laughs.
Rohit says that they have even found a way to interact with foreign players in the team who do not know any Indian language.
“There were some players from Iran last time. We used to guide them through gestures.. But now, they too have picked up few Hindi words,” smiles Rohit.
Telugu Titans is aiming to become champions this time in the current edition of Pro Kabaddi League.
Asked about the growth of kabaddi, Rohit credits Pro Kabaddi League for making it popular and raising the standard of the sport. “Kabaddi is an Indian sport. We used to play on soil and now we play on mat. The standard has definitely improved in kabaddi. There should be more coaching centres for kabaddi to become more popular,” says Rohit.