When I began wrestling, I didn’t really know about Olympic wrestling. I was used to wrestling in the mud We went to dangals (tournaments) in different villages There, we got things to eat. like apples, oranges or we used to get one or two rupees I wasn’t really interested in wrestling. I was only interested in getting something to eat. So in 2006 when Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar won medals in the Asian Games I learned more about what wrestling was around the world. I decided to wrestle on the mat only. No more mud wrestling. Bajrang came to the Chhatarsaal stadium in 2008. Bajrang was a kid like we have here at my school. Your attention turns to the kids who do something different. Bajrang was hard working. There are some kids who are hard working. In wrestling, anyone who works hard gets the attention. In any relation, there should be no selfishness. I believe that if the selfishness is to help each other grow, that relation will be long. The things that Bajrang would share with a guy of similar age… he may not do that with me. Every relation should have respect. That’s here. From the beginning, I wanted to be a wrestler like Yogeshwar. He is like a big brother to me – a guru. Whatever he says today, I follow it just like I did in 2008. We have only one thing in common… wrestling. Win medals for the country. I won an Olympic medal. I want these kids to be Olympic and world champions. Wrestling should grow and I want more Olympic champions from the country. In 2014 when the weights changed, he began wrestling at 65kg I shifted to 61kg because he told me ‘you go to 61kg and I will be 65kg’. He had already told me. If he says that he wants to compete in the 65kg again so I don’t mind going back to 61kg. Because I never want to wrestle Yogi bhai… ever. Because Yogi gave me this chance of a lifetime. In 2016, which was his last Olympics, he told me, “Now you may wrestle 65kg.” In 2018, I was wrestling in my first semifinal of a World Championships. I cannot describe the feeling when I won. I cannot tell you how proud I was. I had done something good for the country by winning the semifinal. All the countrymen who had hopes from me to bring home a medal I fulfilled those hopes by winning the semifinals. If I win a medal at the Olympic Games — if I win a gold — it is a dream come true for everyone. India has an Olympic silver and bronze from wrestling. Everyone, wherever I go, say that ‘we have hopes from you’. So I’ll accomplish what the people are thinking, what my countrymen hope for. And the youth, the upcoming guys, they will also see inspirational wrestling. Like we moved forward looking at Yogeshwar bhai and Sushil bhai Bajrang should win a gold medal at the Olympics. The people of the country hope that Bajrang will do well in 2020. and win a gold medal. We all want that. Then we will think about the future. First, it’s 2020. We are not looking beyond that. It’ll feel nice. Yogeshwar bhai’s dream, which he failed to fulfill in 2016… I’ll try to fulfill that in 2020.