Rio Olympics bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik feels if she and her fiance Satyavrat Kadian don the same team jersey in the second edition of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) it will benefit that franchise immensely.
While the current national champion in Men’s 97kg freestyle category, Satyavrat helps Sakshi by studying her competitors and making strategies against them, she provides him with incisive analysis of his rivals’ moves.
“He studies my competition and I analyse his,” said Sakshi.
The 24-year-old Sakshi had represented Revanta Mumbai Garuda in the first season of PWL, while Satyavrat was a part of the UP Warriors.
Sakshi, who fights in women’s 58kg, said that besides her coaches she has also learnt a lot from her Revanta Mumbai Garuda captain Adeline Gray of USA.
“Watching Adeline we learnt to play openly. It has been a memorable moment for me to do mat training with her. This league has taught us to compete with the international level athletes and has also boosted our moral but the experience of getting back into the game and winning despite of losing, has been taught by great efforts to me by my coach,” said Sakshi.
“I am indebted to the services of my coach, especially Ishwar Dahiya who has given me the best and appropriate training for this game. After his retirement in 2010, Mandeep sir had focused on my strengths and weaknesses. I have learnt so much from Kuldeepji (Malik) in the National Camp also.”
She also urged all the PWL teams to open their coaching camps before the beginning of the League so that every Indian wrestler can get an opportunity to learn from the Olympic medallists.
Sakshi, who got engaged last month to Satyavrat, said she felt blessed to be getting married into a family of wrestlers. Satyavrat’s father Satyawan is an Arjuna awardee and well respected coach, while his younger brother Somveer is also an international wrestler.