After raising the benchmark for the most number of raid points in a match in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history on Tuesday, Rohit Kumar went on to dedicate the feat to his father and coach.
The Bengaluru Bulls captain scored an unprecedented 32 points - comprising 25 touch points, five bonus points and two tackle points – against U.P. Yoddha at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, leading his side to a record 40-point win.
Lucknow could only score 24 points, while the Bulls amassed 64 thanks to Kumar's mammoth haul that included 16 straight successful raids. As a result, he went on to break the milestone previously set by the Yoddha's Rishank Devadiga, who was incidentally rested for the match.
"I wasn't playing for the record but nothing is impossible," Kumar told the media after the match. He continued: "If [Devadiga] could do it, then why can't I? If he can make a record, I can do it too. This was the thing which I kept in mind and went to play."
Speaking at the post-match press conference, the Bengaluru captain dedicated the performance to his coach Randhir Singh and his father. "My father had a lot of dreams for me that I should do something big in life," he said, "I think the blessings of my parents and coach worked for me today."
Amid the raid rout, Kumar also went on to become only the third player to score 200 raid points this season after Patna Pirates' Pardeep Narwal and Tamil Thalaivas' Ajay Thakur.
"I wanted to reach 200 raid points because it was important for me and my image in the minds of the people," he explained, "I don't think I had performed exceptionally this season but I feel I have covered that up in this match. It has happened towards the end of the season but it feels good. I used to always wonder when I would get a record-making moment and today was the day for me.”