Rohit Kumar is an Indian professional kabaddi player who plays in the Pro Kabaddi League. He currently plays for the Bengaluru Bulls in the Season 6 of PKL. With his glaring pace and thunderous raids, he soon became a nightmare for the opponent teams and a well known athlete across India. He has also proved his leadership ability and capacity to remain calm under pressure over the years.
Born on 19th January 1990 in Nizampur, Haryana, Rohit had a natural inclination for kabaddi. Seeing players like Manjeet Chhillar, Mohit Chhillar, Rakesh Kumar, also hailing from the same place, gave him the confidence to achieve something similar in the world of kabaddi.
Highly dedicated to the sport, he got admitted at the Naval Forces through the sports quota. He then moved to the Naval base in Mumbai. He was not released by the Services Sports Controlled Board (SSCB) initially therefore he had to wait till the third season to make his grand debut in the extravagant pan-Indian league.
His debuted in the Season 3 for the Patna Pirates. With his ruthless attacking and superb flexibility he led the Patna Pirates to their first title and was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the season. He was then picked by Bengaluru Bulls in the fourth season to strengthen their attacking brigade and then again in the fifth season for a whopping Rs. 81 lakh.
Rise to glory
Rohit went on to fulfil his father’s dream of him playing for India when he was selected in the national squad for the 2016 South Asian Games held in Guwahati and Shillong. Despite it being his maiden call-up to the national team set-up, Rohit displayed a lot of maturity and earned the gold medal for his country.
Frog jump is known to be his signature move. One of the most visually spectacular feats in kabaddi, the move involves a raider launching himself off the ground, touching one of more defenders whilst air-borne and landing beyond their reach, before escaping to safety.
Out of the 12 matches he played for the Pirates, he accumulated a staggering 102 raid points and was able to score a 10 or more five times. He notched up 93 raid points in 14 appearances for Bengaluru Bulls in the Season 4 of PKL. Kumar was the first player to score 30 points in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi match when he picked up 32 points against U.P. Yoddha in Season 5. It was also his most successful season as he scored 231 points in 22 matches, the second highest in the season.
In just 3 seasons, he has already risen to number four in the list of players with the most Super 10s in the league.