Pro Kabaddi League: Surender Nada named Haryana Steelers captain

first_imgHaryana players, who have played a stellar role in the success of Pro Kabaddi League, will finally have a team from their state participating in the fifth season starting July 28.The JSW-owned Haryana Steelers on Monday named local boy Surender Nada as captain in their maiden season. He will have another Haryana boy in Wazir Singh as his deputy.”I can’t really express my feelings,” Nada told India Today after he was handed the captain’s armband on a humid Monday afternoon in Sonepat. “I have been waiting for this day. In fact, many Haryana players, who have played for India in the Asian Games and many international tournaments, were looking forward to this day. Pro Kabaddi has been such a huge hit but we never had a team from our own state. This is a reality now,” Nada gushes.Rai School in Sonepat will host Haryana team’s home games. The first one is a sold out already when they take on reigning champions Patna Pirates on September 8. The team has spent the last three weeks training in a pre-season camp in Karnataka’s Bellary.Having owners – Sajjan and son Parth Jindal of the JSW Group – who also belong to Haryana is the proverbial icing on the cake for players of the new team.”We had the opportunity of entering the league at the very beginning but were very new with all our activities at the JSW sports and it was already too much on our plate to take on multiple teams. So, when the opportunity rose again of owning a team, there was no discussion internally. It was always going to be Haryana as our first pick. It is the home state for the Jindal family. They have grown up and still spend a lot of time here. Most of the players come from this state and now they have an opportunity to representing it in the league. I am sure this will give them an additional boost when they are on the mat. Maybe next time we will also have some silverware to celebrate with,” says Mustafa Ghouse, former tennis player, who is now a CEO with JSW Sports.  advertisement”It is a matter of great pride for us today. We have invested in cricket before but India cannot just stay a cricket-oriented country. We need to promote our local sports as well. Haryana has been connected with Kabaddi at the grassroots level. It is imperative to have a team from Haryana,” added Varun Gupta, Director, Kent RO Systems, one of the key sponsors of the Steelers team.Meanwhile, Nada, one of the best left corner defenders in the country,  is already feeling the pressure. Not for the forthcoming games on the mat though. The newly-appointed captain’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing with friends, relatives and fans already demanding match day passes for the big game in Rai this September.”Now I know what other home team captains go through. I will take time to adjust to this,” he admits while leaving for a photo-op.last_img read more