League is a blessing but need to penetrate deeper into the grassroots: Manu Joseph
Life after Season 1<br>I think I have become more famous! But seriously, we get much more recognition now and that is good for our morale.<br><br>On playing alongside David Lee<br>It was eye-opening, honestly. I mean, there are a lot of differences to the way we train and how players like David (Lee) train. There are differences in our practicing methods, in attitude and in approaching a game. Also, when you watch a game, you can clearly spot the differences between a player like David and us. Throughout the first season, he did these little things during a game, I learnt a lot from that. To sum it up, we are beginners when compared to players like him and other top players.<br><br><br>Importance of discipline<br>Discipline is very important for any player. We try to remain as disciplined as possible, otherwise we can say goodbye to our chances in the season. It also helped that there was no exterior distraction for us. No parties, no programmes. It’s just volleyball. There is nothing else we want to do.<br><br><br>Future of Indian Volleyball post Season 1<br>We have all the ingredients to do well. Hopefully, the team performs to the best of its ability in the Asian Games scheduled in September. Besides, I hope many more kids take to volleyball but the thrust has to come from state institutions, talent scouts etc. The league is a blessing, but if we want its full effect to be felt, we need it to penetrate further into India’s villages, scour out the talent and give them a platform. There is a need of a little more publicity, which should eventually happen according to me.<br><br><br>On last season and preparation for Season 2<br>Last season was heartbreaking for us because we lost in the semi final after being placed second at the Group stage. So this year, the vision is to win the title, nothing lesser than that. Coming to preparation, I am playing for the Railways at the moment and I am trying to apply everything I had learnt during Season 1. Hopefully, we go all the way this time.
RuPay Pro Volleyball League
An initiative of Baseline Ventures India Pvt. Ltd and Volleyball Federation of India, RuPay Pro Volleyball League aims to transform the sporting landscape of the country by elevating the world’s fifth most popular sport to the league of the most followed sports in the coming times. The first season of the league will see 6 teams playing a total of 18 matches in Chennai and Kochi, and will be broadcasted on Sony Six, Sony Ten 3 and online platform Sony Liv.
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