Journey of Rishank Devadiga
Rishank Devadiga is Do or Die Specialist. His life story is inspiring and also motivating for many upcoming players.
Rishank father died when he was 3 years old. And most of his childhood was led below the poverty line. As a kid, he used to play kabaddi in the neighborhood. He himself never would have imagined then that the game would change his life in the future.
He gave up his studies and worked as a waiter in a hotel to support his family, and use to play kabaddi in regional tournaments.
Coach Prathap Setty identified his talent in one of the District tournament. And encouraged him to take Kabaddi as a profession. With his guidance, he prolonged his Kabaddi journey.
Later, he got an opportunity to play for the Mumbai team. This match also brought him a Job to represent DENA BANK in kabaddi tournaments. And he won the best player of the tournament award.
In order to perceive the game professionally, he has to give up his Job. He chose kabaddi over his family financial conditions because his vision was to play for Nationals, which can bring him better jobs than what he was doing.
In 2011, he got an opportunity to represent Maharastra team in Nationals. He also got a job in Bharat Petroleum for playing for National Championship.
For his consistent performance, he was taken by U Mumba team for 5.25 Lakhs in 2014. He stuck with U Mumba for 4 seasons.
Later in Season 5, UP Yodhaas took him for 45.5 Lakhs. He will be playing with the same team in Season 6 as well.
He is also fond of Football and Cristiano Ronaldo is his favorite.