Haryana is one of the only states in India whose chief priority has been giving more importance to sports rather than textbook study as a part of the education system. Sports like Wrestling and Hockey have witnessed enormous popularity here. Be it the Phogat sisters, Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik and Yogeshwar Dutt, all of these sporting superstars have been a product of Haryana’s fantastic Sports administration. These legends have made India proud at the highest level. Along with Wrestling, Kabaddi is one of the most followed sports in this state and has produced some of the best sportspersons in the Pro Kabaddi League. Here is a story of one such player by the name Parvesh Bhainswal who has been one of the most crucial faces of his franchise Gujarat Fortune Giants in PKL. Let us have a look at Parvesh’s journey to fame.
Date of Birth
12 April 1997
Teams Played for
India, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Gujarat Fortune Giants
Defender, Left Cover
Parvesh Bhainswal Biography
Parvesh Bhainswal was born on 4th December 1997 at Howrah, West Bengal. However, he was brought up in a village in the small town of Bhainswal in the Sonipat district of Haryana. His elder brothers represented their school Kabaddi team and inspired him to develop a strong passion for the sport right from his childhood. Parvesh was a teenager when he realised that he had the potential of continuing Kabaddi professionally in the future. Hence, he appeared in the U-14 nationals and also the school nationals. His coach, Bhupender Malik, was impressed by the way this young defender had been performing.
National Junior Team selection
Parvesh Bhainswal drew the attention of the Indian Kabaddi circuit while playing University nationals. The coach of Sports Authority of India, Mr Jaivir Sharma saw him outperforming the opponents by winning a gold and hence was transferred him to SAI, Gandhinagar. Parvesh won 2 consecutive national titles for his university and kept on performing exceptionally well at Junior level. He was also selected for the Indian Junior squad Asian Kabaddi Championship.
Pro Kabaddi League call-up
Jaipur Pink Panthers (Season 4): Parvesh Bhainswal
Bhainswal’s national presence earned him limelight for the fourth season of PKL as Jaipur Pink Panthers picked him in their squad. However, he wasn’t able to perform to his utmost potential in his maiden season.
Gujarat Fortune Giants (Season 5- Present): Parvesh Bhainswal Biography
In 2016, Haryana’s team chose Parvesh Bhainswal for a prestigious domestic tournament. He helped Haryana in reaching the final by defeating ONGC in the semis. ONGC’s coach, Manpreet Singh was made the head coach of the PKL franchise Gujarat Fortune Giants in the 5th Season. He was aware of Parvesh’s skills and hence picked him in the auctions in the very next season. In season 5, Parvesh was one of the most successful campaigners with a tackle strike rate of 54%. His active presence in the left cover ensured a successful campaign for his franchise as they managed to reach PKL final in their very first season!
Playing Style: Parvesh Bhainswal
The 21-year-old Parvesh was the 2nd most successful Indian defender for Gujarat Fortune Giants in terms of tackle points earned in Season 5. He also had four super tackles to his name in the 5th season, which was the most by any player of Gujarat Fortune Giants. Parvesh Bhainswal’s signature move throughout has been the ‘block’. It is a move that requires tremendous pace and strength when the raider stands like a wall between him and the half-line.
Parvesh Bhainswal ‘s success with his cousin Sunil Kumar
Parvesh and his cousin Sunil Kumar have been the backbone of each other’s success throughout their life. Parvesh and Sunil have crossed every crucial phase of their lives together. They completed their schooling together got selected into the same university team together. Their coach was so impressed by their mutual understanding that he Parvesh’s journey that he set them in the spot of covers, which is a very crucial position and requires a lot of understanding. Sunil’s journey is a replica of Parvesh’s journey, except for the fact that Parvesh was lucky enough to get selected for the national junior squad before Sunil.
However, both of them got picked in the 4th Season of PKL. Sunil got picked by Patna Pirates whereas Parvesh got selected for Jaipur Pink Panthers. Both of them didn’t have an exceptional season as they lacked each other’s support. However, both of them were picked up by Gujarat Fortune Giants in season 5. They added 108 tackle points to their team’s tally and guided them to the final in their maiden season itself. Both of them have almost spent every minute of their life together have made it to the highest level of the sport together and look forward to doing the same in their bright career ahead.