However, all of it modified on Sunday in faraway Guatemala City because of his archer spouse Deepika Kumari, whose inspiring words and greater sporting feats pushed Das to go the additional mile and present the world that he’s second to none.
On the ultimate day of the competitors, Das transformed his maiden World Cup medal into gold with utmost precision, lower than a 12 months after getting married to the previous world primary.
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“She (Deepika) deserves most of the credit for my transformation,” Das instructed PTI from Guatemala City, moments after he defeated Spaniard Daniel Castro within the males’s remaining.
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It was a golden treble for India’s star archery couple, ‘Dee-Das’. Deepika gained her first particular person gold after three years, and a crew gold for the primary time since 2014.
The actual turnaround got here for Das who had struggled to get a person medal on the highest stage since making his debut in 2008.
“Seeing her perform best at the highest level, sometimes, I would get mentally depressed to cope up. I would keep working hard and ask myself ‘when would my turn come?’,” Das stated.
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He had misplaced the bronze play-off to Kim Woojin in Antalya World Cup in 2016, in his earlier finest efficiency.
“I would feel bad that I’m not able to match her standards till now. Deepika would get really angry the moment she would see me upset.”
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Trailing 2-4, Das stepped up within the fourth set, capturing 28 and within the decider he was a category aside, drilling three good 10s to seal the difficulty 6-2.
He celebrated his first ever World Cup particular person gold with a punch within the air.
“She would always say ‘mera time pehle aaya hai, tera baad mein ayega (I peaked earlier, your time will also come… You just keep working hard,” he stated.
These inspiring words from Deepika, who had gained the Commonwealth Games gold at a younger age of 15, would actually encourage Das.
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“I would always wonder how she’s able to achieve so much from such a young age. What was her mental state, how did she prepare. All those questions would fill in my mind.
“It was about these small, small issues which I’ve learnt from her. So it is Deepika who has performed most half in my first gold medal,” Das said.
However, it was not love at first sight for the two archers who know each other for about 12 years now.
The relationship was yet to blossom even until Rio Olympics 2016, in which both of them participated together.
“There had been misunderstandings, communication hole between us,” Das said.
It was only one year after the Rio Olympics, when they became close to each other, in an alien land not very far from Guatemala City in the central American continent.
After the Indian recurve team’s heavy defeat in the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, which led to a lot of soul-searching, they got attracted to each other.
“We went buying collectively and bonded effectively. All our misunderstandings, doubts and variations had been ironed out,” Das recalled dating her in Mexico City.
“Nobody proposed as such, it was only a mutual really feel and occurred throughout our stint in Mexico City. We began considering when we can win once more and we began planning our capturing.”
They had initially postponed their marriage to keep the focus firmly on the Tokyo Olympics. But after the Games got postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to alter their plans, tying the knot in a quiet ceremony in Deepika’s hometown, Ranchi, on June 30 last year.
When the camp was shut during the lockdown last year, they created a small range in their apartment and would shoot together, just to keep their “thoughts in sync”.
“Rest of the time, it was all about psychological preparation. We knew, technically we’re up there and it was all about dealing with these essential stress moments, the place we’d falter by some millimetres.”
Having slipped to nine from being world number one in 2012, Deepika has also shown maturity during the stage one of the World Cup, as she overcame two intriguing shoot-offs to seal the team and individual gold.
After shooting a 10 to clinch the team final shoot-off against Mexico, it went down to the wire against USA’s eighth seed Mackenzie Brown in the individual final after they were locked five-all.
In the shoot-off, both of them shot 9s but Deepika was declared winner as her shot was about one centimetre out of the 10-ring to the right, while Brown’s arrow went left and further out in the nine.
“We are largely specializing in psychological preparation nowadays with yoga, meditation and visualisation programmes, it is serving to us quite a bit,” Das said.
This is Indian recurve archers’ best ever show in a World Cup, even as it came in a depleted field as Asian heavyweights like Korea, China and Chinese Taipei stayed away, citing safety concerns.
“In in the present day’s day and age, the rankings do not matter. The competitors had the reigning world primary Brady Elison however he obtained knocked out early,” Das pointed out.
Incidentally, the best compliment for Das came from none other than the reigning world number one.
“He got here as much as me and stated ‘effectively finished’… It’s actually motivating,” Das signed off.