Anup Kumar is a Indian professional kabaddi player who plays for the Jaipur Pink Panthers in the Pro Kabaddi League. He was born on 20th November 1983 and hails from the village of Palra in Haryana, India. He plays as a raider for his team and is also a very capable captain earning nicknames like “Captain Cool”.
The former captain of the Indian national kabaddi team, Anup is a master tactician and a very smart player and plies his trade by fooling his opponents. He boasts a wide variety of skills to trick the defender. However, his speciality is the toe touch, where he uses only his toes to tag an unsuspecting anti with the help of his legs. He is also rather expert at scoring bonus points which is also why he is called “Bonus ka Baadshah”(King of bonus).
He was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 2012 by the Government of India for his immense contribution to the game of kabaddi.
Kumar first represent India at the 2006 South Asian Games in Sri Lanka. India returned home with the gold medal in the tournament as they continued their dominance in the sport.
Rise to Glory
Anup first came to spotlight during the 2010 Asian Games at Guangzhou, China where the Indian team won the gold medal bringing great honor to the country by maintaining a level of superiority over their opponents in game of kabaddi.
Despite being a star player for the U Mumba in the Pro Kabaddi League, he was sold to the Jaipur Pink Panthers for a meagre fee of 30 Lakhs INR. This hugely disappointed the fans as he led the U Mumba as captain since the inception of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Kumar has played for U Mumba and the Jaipur Pink Panthers in the Pro Kabaddi League.
With the national team, he has won the Asian Games Gold medal in 2010 and 2014. He has also won the South Asian Games Gold medal in 2006, 2010 and 2016. He won the third edition of the Kabaddi World Cup with the Indian team in 2016.
In the PKL, he was the highest scoring raider of the inaugural edition while he guided his team to the title in the second season. He is the only player to have captained a side in three back-to-back PKL finals (S01, S02 and S03).