Some stories are extraordinary. Kashiling Adake’s is no different. He is one of the best raiders currently in Pro Kabaddi League, playing for Dabang Delhi. Not many gave any chance to this 31-year-old farmer from Kasegaon village in Sangli District of Maharashtra but Adake had his focus intact.
Life gave him quite a bit of challenge when his father died in 2013. His father, Ram Chandra was a wrestler who worked in the fields. After his death, the responsibility of earning the bread for his family transferred on Kashiling’s shoulders. He took to the fields but not to win matches in Kabaddi. He said, “My father had never let my mother work on the fields. I too did not want her to work.”
Responsibilities did not let Kashiling’s focus shift away from Kabaddi. He had been playing the game since school and continued it even when he became a full-time farmer. He joined one of the Kabaddi clubs in his home district Sangli. But money was still a problem. He, then, joined a sugarcane factory and earned a measly Rs 200 a day. Kashiling remembered how difficult that four-year period was when he ate just once in a day. Even this tough phase of life could not bend Kashiling’s guts. Despite his hectic life, he spared time for Kabaddi.
His uncle Sunil Adake, who played Kabaddi for Bharat Petroleum, asked him to come to Mumbai to pursue the sport. After coming to Mumbai, he faced many rejections. His first big rejection came from Sports Authority of India (SAI). They told him, “Agli baar aur mehnat kar ke aana (Come next time better prepared).” Kashiling did just that and got selected in the second attempt.
His dedication, perseverance and patience were making way for him now. He got selected in Mahindra’s Kabaddi team because they were short of players. After warming the bench for one year, he finally got the opportunity to showcase his skills and he nailed it in the first season only. The result was that he got a permanent place in the team and ended up getting the best player award.
This was followed by India call. In the national camp, he was spotted by the Pro-Kabaddi league scouts. In a few days, Kashiling was in Dabang Delhi’s squad. Rest is history.