Indian star wrestler Bajrang Punia on Sunday won the first gold medal for India in 65 kg freestyle men’s wrestling at the 18th Asian Games. Bajrang Punia pinfall the Japanese opponent Takatani Daichi by 11-8.

After a winning a gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling, Bajrang Punia said, “I gave my best and won the Gold. I am happy that I could do in 2018 what Yogi bhai (Yogeshwar Dutt) did in 2014. The blessings of people are with me so everything is going well.”

Former cricketer Virendra Sehwag congratulated Bajrang Punia on Twitter. In his Tweet, Virendra Sehwag Said, “Wah ! @BajrangPunia . So proud of you for making us proud. Congratulations for the Gold and for fulfilling your promise of winning one. Shaabash ! #AsianGame2018.”

Bajrang Punia won all his matches on the way to clinch gold. First Uzbekistan’s Khasaanov Sirojinddin, Tajikistan’s Abdulqosim Fayziev in quarterfinals and Mongolia’s Barmagnai Batchuluun in semifinals. Bajrang Punia took only 1 minute 20 seconds to beat the Japanese opponent Takatani Daichi to bag the gold medal.

Haryana’s Sports Minister Anil Vij announced to honour Bajrang Punia with Rs 3 crore for his great performance in Asian Games 2018.