India, Oct. 14 -- 'Dhoka hai, sab dhoka,' Sahab Singh Narwal emphatically states, sitting on a charpoy, about the one common factor that binds kabaddi, hockey and boxing. He has played hockey and kabaddi and is a self-taught boxing coach-now a rather famous one. His pupil Manju Rani won silver on Sunday on her world championships debut at Ulan-Ude, Russia. Rani fought her heart out but lost a close bout (1-4) to home favourite Ekaterina Paltceva in 48kg.

As you glance bewildered at Narwal, he explains his dhoka, or dodge.

"In all the three sports, it's about dodging the opponent. In hockey, you have to dodge to score, in kabaddi the raider has to be good in dodging, and in boxing you have to feint and throw your punches," says Narwal, i...