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Anup Kumar Kabaddi Player

Anup Kumar Kabaddi Player

Anup Kumar, a former professional Kabaddi player and current Kabaddi Coach of the PKL Team Puneri Paltan, is an eminent figure in Indian Kabaddi. He has a remarkable track record with the India national kabaddi team, having secured Asian gold medals in 2010 and 2014, a South Asian gold medal in 2016, and a victory in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. Anup Kumar was entrusted with the captaincy of the Indian National Kabaddi Team. His illustrious Kabaddi career included five years with U Mumba and a stint with Jaipur Pink Panthers. Recognizing his prowess, the Government of India honored him with the Arjuna Award in 2012. Additionally, he serves as a Deputy Commissioner of Police in his hometown of Haryana. On December 19, 2018, he decided to retire from Kabaddi.

Early Life

Born and raised in Palra, Gurgaon, Haryana, Anup Kumar is the son of Ransingh Yadav and Ballo Devi. His introduction to Kabaddi occurred during his school days when he engaged in the sport as a leisure activity.

Anup Kumar's prominence commenced when he joined the CRPF as a constable in April 2005. A defining moment arrived in 2006, as he debuted on the international Kabaddi stage, representing India at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka. His exceptional abilities and unyielding determination captured the imagination of Kabaddi enthusiasts, marking the inception of a remarkable odyssey that would ultimately propel him to national renown.

Pro Kabaddi League

U Mumba

  • 2014: Anup Kumar captained the U Mumba team during the inaugural 2014 Pro Kabaddi League season. His exceptional performance earned him the Most Valuable Player award, leading his team to the finals, albeit losing to the Jaipur Pink Panthers. Anup Kumar's 155 raid points in 16 matches established him as one of the most successful raiders in Pro Kabaddi.
  • 2015: He steered U Mumba to their inaugural Pro Kabaddi title in 2015, ending the season with 74 raid points. They emerged victorious against the Bengaluru Bulls in the final.
  • 2016: U Mumba reached the finals once more but experienced a narrow defeat against Patna Pirates, with only a 2-point difference. Despite the loss, Rishank Devadiga, a teammate, was awarded the title of Most Valuable Player. Anup Kumar remained a pivotal part of the U Mumba squad. With several changes to the team's composition after three seasons, the assistance of Rakesh Kumar contributed to a fifth-place finish in the subsequent season, marking the first instance U Mumba failed to reach the finals.
  • 2017: Continuing his association with U Mumba, Anup Kumar was retained for the fifth consecutive season. In this edition, he achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first player in Pro Kabaddi to amass 400 raid points.

Jaipur Pink Panthers

He was acquired by the Abhishek Bachchan-owned franchise Jaipur Pink Panthers in the auction for 30 Lakhs INR. This shift in allegiance underscored his adaptability and unwavering commitment to continue his Kabaddi expedition. His contributions to the Jaipur Pink Panthers further solidified his stature as a Kabaddi stalwart.

International Career

Anup Kumar's contributions extended beyond the precincts of club-level Kabaddi. He also shone on the international platform, leading the Indian national Kabaddi contingent to unparalleled victories.

He achieved gold medals in Kabaddi at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games. Additionally, he clinched a gold medal in Kabaddi at the 2016 South Asian Games. Notably, Anup Kumar captained the Indian national Kabaddi team, leading them to a record-setting third Kabaddi World Cup victory in 2016.

Anup Kumar Kabaddi Player

Style of Play

Anup Kumar's playing style was an exquisite fusion of finesse, agility, and tactical sagacity. His mastery over bonus points and hand and toe touches earned him the moniker 'Bonus ka Badshah.' Moreover, his poised demeanor on and off the mat garnered him the affectionate nickname 'Captain Cool,' an apt reflection of his leadership qualities and unwavering sportsmanship.

He is widely regarded as one of the foremost captains in the history of Indian Kabaddi, despite a slight performance dip in the final stages of his career.

Beyond the Mat - Deputy Commissioner and Arjuna Awardee

While his Kabaddi expedition formed the nucleus of his life, Anup Kumar's accomplishments resonated beyond the confines of the arena. His dedication to public service was exemplified by his role as Deputy Commissioner of Police in his native Haryana. The Government of India acknowledged his contributions with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2012, a testimony to his indelible imprint on the sport.

Transition to Coaching

As Anup Kumar bade farewell to his illustrious playing career, he embraced as a coach. Seizing the reins of Puneri Paltan in Pro Kabaddi League Season 7, he embarked on the journey of nurturing nascent talents and imparting his sagacity and experience to the succeeding generation of Kabaddi aspirants.

Anup Kumar Kabaddi Player

Legacy and Enduring Influence

Anup Kumar's legacy looms as a prominent hallmark in Kabaddi lore. His leadership, skills, and sportsmanship have etched an indomitable impression on the sport's history. His odyssey from a modest locale to global arenas has kindled the aspirations of countless budding Kabaddi enthusiasts, inspiring them to dream big and relentlessly pursue their passions.


On December 19, 2018, Anup Kumar declared his retirement from Kabaddi, having dedicated 15 years to the sport.


Anup Kumar's expedition from Palra to the global Kabaddi stage encapsulates the quintessential essence of Indian sportsmanship. His perseverance, determination, and extraordinary Kabaddi abilities have immortalized his legacy. As a player, a captain, and a coach, Anup Kumar's influence on Kabaddi reverberates, offering a guiding light of inspiration for all who dare to dream and strive for eminence. Unwavering belief, sacrifices, and constant encouragement of his parents gave him the foundation to chase his dreams and carve a niche in Kabaddi. As he continues to inspire aspiring Kabaddi players and enthusiasts, it is essential to recognize his family's role in shaping him into the Kabaddi legend he is today.

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