'Pro-Wrestling League will do for wrestling what IPL did for cricket:' Anurag Thakur

NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) changed the dynamics of how the game of cricket was perceived and played, not to forget the dollops of entertainment quotient it added.

Amongst the various sports gaining prominence in India, is the game of wrestling. The maiden Pro-Wrestling League's (PWL) second semi-final match at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi, saw Haryana Hammers fight against CDR Punjab Royals. Haryana Hammers makes an entry to the finals, which commenced today with Revanta's Mumbai Garuda.

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) Secretary and Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur, who was present at the semi-final tie, lauded the wrestlers taking part in the inaugural Pro Wrestling League (PWL). He said, “Like the Indian Premier League changed the cricket scenario in India, I am sure Pro Wrestling League will also do the same for wrestling in India. The participating wrestlers have shown such competitive spirit, kudos to them. The atmosphere at the stadium can be compared to the India vs Pakistan tie in cricket.”

What's more, Bollywood stars have always been closely connected with different kinds of sport in India, be it through making films on sports or having a shareholding in a team.

Expectedly, the PWL has got the glamour quotient in addition to providing Indian wrestlers with a great platform to showcase their talent. From CDR Punjab Royals team owner Dharmendra to actress Sonali Bendre, the star power was also strong.

Bendre, who supports her husband Goldie Behl’s team - Haryana Hammers, said, “I had a great time watching the semi-final match. My whole family is following the league closely, right from my son to the elders. I truly feel that Pro Wrestling League based on the spirit of ‘Khel Fauladi’ is a great platform for wrestlers to show their prowess.”

The wrestling area had almost 5,000 fans to see the second semi-final.

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