P.V. Ramana, father of P.V. Sindhu, said his daughter's love for the sport has helped her stay grounded despite being one of India’s highest paid athletes. “She enjoys the game. She loves to be in the news and above all, she does not know how much she’s being paid,” he said jokingly.

A former national volleyball player who was part of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1986 Asian Games, Ramana mentioned that the Pro Volleyball League (PVL) will be key for the sport’s growth in the country.

“This is a good opportunity for all volleyball players in the country. They can now try to enhance their performance so that they get to play in the PVL. The cash incentives in the PVL are unheard of and I hope that this grows higher and higher,” said the Arjuna awardee.