Star wrestler Bajrang Punia needed less than four minutes to book a berth in India’s World Championship squad while Ravi Kumar Dahiya earned his chance by winning the most competitive category during the trials, in New Delhi on Friday.
Presence of proven performer Bajrang in the 65kg trials meant that most of the wrestlers in this category preferred to stay away. Only Harphul Singh, the reigning national champion, took on the world number one but he could not compete with Bajrang for two full rounds.
Harphul suffered a knee injury when the Asian Games gold-medallist got hold of his right leg in the second three-minute period. Bajrang was leading 7-0 when the bout had to be stopped.
“If the bout had lasted for full six minutes, it would have been good for me as well as the fans who came to watch us wrestle. It feels bad when the bout has to end like that. When a wrestler suffers an injury,it really pegs him back. All of us work hard, I feel bad for him,” said Bajrang.