With Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt's careers coming to their fag end, the big question is who'll be the flag bearer of Indian men's wrestling in the coming times? A certain 23-year-old, lithely built lad from Khudan village in Jhajjar, Haryana, has put his hands up.
Experts consider him to be the "next big thing" in Indian men's freestyle wrestling and Bajrang Punia didn't disappoint, winning silver in the 65kg category at the World U-23 Senior Wrestling Championship, which was held in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It was a double delight for India as another Haryana wrestler, Vinod Omprakash, who hails from Jind, also bagged silver (in 70kg freestyle category) on the same day.
History was also created with Punia and Omprakash's feat, as India returned with three silvers from a world championship for the first time. Ritu Phogat had won silver in the women's 48kg weight class on Saturday. This performance bettered the one silver and two bronze that India had won in the 2013 World Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
By- Priyanka Negi