Began as a replacement player, has now become a deadly raider
Speaking at the time, Pawan said,
“I started playing kabaddi about ten or twelve years ago when I was in school. I was pretty healthy at the time. I was also a bit overweight as well. There was no weight criterion for kabaddi competitions at that time. Our physical education teacher decided to include me with the team. He told me,
“We don’t have enough players. You’re tough. Your weight is good as well, you play for the team.”
When it came to playing in the actual match, my performance was good. The teachers complimented me on watching my game. I was given a special trophy by the school for my good performance. I had done so well without any training or practice. So I decided to pursue a career in kabaddi. ”
Pawan had scored a record 360 in the seventh season of Pro Kabaddi. He also won his sixth season title playing for the Bangalore Bulls.