Anup Kumar Kabaddi Player


Anup Kumar Biography

Personal Profile:

Full Name Anup Kumar
Nickname Captain Cool, Bonus Badshah
Date of Birth 20 November 1983
Age 37 years old (As in 2020)
Nationality Indian
Father’s name Ransingh Yadav
Coach Amar Singh Yadav
Weight 75 kgs
Height 5’9 ft.
Position Raider
Signature Move  Toe-touch
Former Club U-Mumba and Jaipur Pink Panthers


Teams Played for

Seasons Teams
Season 1 U-Mumba
Season 2 U-Mumba
Season 3 U-Mumba
Season 4 U-Mumba
Season 5 U-Mumba
Season 6 Jaipur Pink Panthers

Early Life and Family

He was on 20 November 1983. Anup Kumar was born and brought up in a small village, Palra, in Gurgaon district. His parents are Ransingh Yadav and Ballo Devi. His father was a former Subedar Major from the Indian Army and his mother was a house-maker. Anup did his schooling from Palra. 

After his completing his basic education, In 2005, Anup Kumar joined the CRPF as a constable. Though having all the talent and potential Anup Kumar never thought of pursuing kabaddi as a career option, until he met Amar Singh Yadav, Anup’s coach of the CRPF kabaddi team and he was very impressed with Anup’s athletic ability to play kabaddi. 


Anup Kumar International Career

In 2005, Anup Kumar gets an India camp call up, where he thanked Amar Singh Yadav for providing several opportunities to Anup. In the camp, Anup showed his inherent talent was visible to everyone. 

Anup Kumar’s first big step towards his international career was to be the 2006 South Asian Games in Sri Lanka. His international career took flight with his golden debut in the 2010 Asian Games.

He won gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 editions of the Games. The 2014 Incheon Asian Games final saw a very closely competed for the match against Iran. The Indian team gave a tough fight and hold on to their lead.

Anup Kumar continued his golden run with team India and yet achieved another medal at the 2016 South Asian Games. He was also the captain of team India and led his team to World Cup glory in 2016. His brilliant leadership and the ability to keep his cool in tense situations made earned him the nickname ‘Captain Cool.’


Anup Kumar Pro Kabaddi League Career

Anup Kumar started his career in Pro Kabaddi with U Mumba in Season 1 and was with them till Season 5.

He was the highest scorer in the inaugural league with 169 points. Kumar led the U Mumba team to three consecutive finals (1,2,3) during which he also led the team to a championship win in Season 2. In 2014, he won the Most Valuable Player of PKL award. He is the only player in the league to have captained a U-Mumba team in three back-to-back PKL finals (S01, S02 and S03).

Despite being a franchise player for the U Mumba in the Pro Kabaddi League, he was sold to the Jaipur Pink Panthers. This hugely disappointed the fans as he led the U Mumba as captain since the inception of the Pro Kabaddi League. In Season 6, he leads the Jaipur Pink Panthers who bought him for Rs30 Lakhs.


Anup Kumar Coaching Career

On 19 December 2018, he announced his retirement from kabaddi after completing 15 years in the sport.

Soon after Anup Kumar closed the chapter on his glittering career as a player, Along with that announcement, he told his fan that he wasn’t going to lose contact with the kabaddi world. Anup Kumar took over the coaching mantle in vivo Pro Kabaddi with Puneri Paltan team.

Total Matches Played 91
Total Earned Points 596
Most Points in a match 16
Not out percentage 85.14
Total raids 1346
Successful raids % 39.15
No. of super raids 17
Super 10’s 13
Total raid points 527
Average raid per match 5.79
Total tackles 173
Number of super tackles 8
Total tackle points 69
Average tackles per match % 0.67
Tackle strike rate % 39.88


Season Wise Stats:


Season Team Matches Played Total Raids Successful Raids Unsuccessful Raids Raid Touch Points Raid Bonus Points Total Raid Points 
PKL 1 U-Mumba 16 255 123 46 115 40 155
PKL 2 U-Mumba 14 244 61 35 67 7 74
PKL 3 U-Mumba 13 209 63 25 65 11 76
PKL 4 U-Mumba 14 230 60 29 53 19 72
PKL 5 U-Mumba 21 281 84 44 70 42 112
PKL 6 Jaipur Pink Panthers 13 127 30 21 24 14 38



Season Team Matches Played Total Tackles Successful Tackles Total Tackle Points
PKL 1 U-Mumba 16 35 12 14
PKL 2 U-Mumba 14 12 6 7
PKL 3 U-Mumba 13 9 3 3
PKL 4 U-Mumba 14 24 9 10
PKL 5 U-Mumba 21 60 19 23
PKL 6 Jaipur Pink Panthers 13 33 12 12


Anup Kumar Records and Achievements

Anup Kumar was the highest scorer in the inaugural season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi where he scored 169 points.

He is the only player to have captained aside in three back-to-back VIVO Pro Kabaddi finals (Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3).

Kumar has won two Gold medals with team India in the Asian Games (2010, 2014).

He has also won the South Asian Games Gold medal in 2006, 2010 and 2016.

He won the 2014 Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the first season of Pro Kabaddi League.

Anup Kumar was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2012 by the Government of India.


Interesting Facts about Anup Kumar

Anup Kumar has also been actively performing his role as a Police Inspector for the Haryana Police Department.

For his fitness, Kumar prefers natural, homemade meals instead of taking any supplements. He includes a lot of dry fruits and milk in his diet.

Kumar loves to go on long hikes.

His favourite actor is Amitabh Bachchan.


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