Dharmaraj Cheralathan Kabaddi Player

Dharmaraj Cheralathan Kabaddi Player

Early Life 

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Dharmaraj Cheralathan was born on 21 April 1975. Hailing from a farming family in Thiruchanampondi village in Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu, he considered farming really important while growing up. His siblings include one brother and two sisters. Dharmaraj’s brother D. Gopu is a right corner defender who also plays kabaddi.


Dharamaraj Cheralathan International Career

Dharmaraj Cheralathan is a maestro in Kabaddi who has got an experience of more than 20 years starting from 1989. He is one of the most habituated defenders in the sport. He was one of the defenders in the Indian Kabaddi team which won gold at the Kabaddi World Cup in the year 2016. He consistently pairs his experience and tactics to outsmart the opposition raiders.

Dharmaraj Cheralathan Pro Kabaddi Career 

Dharmaraj Cheralathan is a professional Kabaddi player who has been playing in the Pro Kabaddi League as a defender since the inaugural season. He made his debut with Bengaluru Bulls and in 2nd season he scored 42 tackle points for the Bulls, most in the squad. 

In Season 3, he led the defence of Telegu Titans and scored 31 tackle points. His best achievement was with Patna Pirates where captained them to the title in Pro Kabaddi League Season 4.


The veteran is best known for his ankle hold where he grabs the raider and pulls him back. 

He will be donning the jersey of Haryana Steelers in the upcoming season. 

Last Season Performance (Season 7)

Dharmaraj Cheralathan was chosen as the captain of the Haryana Steelers team in Pro Kabaddi League season 7. His exceptional qualities in leadership along with a team performance took Haryana Steelers into the playoffs where they lost to U Mumba. His focus on staying on the mat longer helped Haryana maintain stability.


He scored 43 tackle points averaging 2 points per match. Although his contribution as a defender wasn’t significant, as a captain he was the inspirational figure, as well as the leading players, looked up to in the team. Young players like Vikash Kandola and Naveen kumar could benefit from having the experience of Anna in the team.


Personal Profile:

Full Name Dharmaraj Cheralathan
Nickname Anna
Date of Birth 21 Apr 1975
Age 45 years old (as in 2020)
Nationality Indian
Brother’s name D. Gopu
Coach Rakesh Kumar
Weight 78.6 Kg
Height 5’7”
Position Defender
Signature Move  Ankle hold
Current Club Haryana Steelers 
Former Club Bengaluru Bulls, Telegu Titans, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan and U Mumba


Teams Played for

Seasons Teams
Season 1 Bengaluru Bulls
Season 2 Bengaluru Bulls
Season 3 Telegu Titans
Season 4 Patna Pirates
Season 5 Puneri Paltan
Season 6 U Mumba
Season 7 Haryana Steelers



Total Matches Played 118
Total Earned Points 302
Most Points in a match 9
Not out percentage 93.75
Total raids 176
Successful raids % 24.43
Super 10’s 0
Total raid points 43
Average raid per match 0.36
Total tackles  259
Number of super tackles 25
Total tackle points 259
Average tackles per match % 1.98
Tackle strike rate % 3.51


Season Wise Stats:


SeasonTeamMatches PlayedTotal RaidsSuccessful RaidsUnsuccessful RaidsRaid Touch PointsRaid Bonus PointsTotal Raid Points 
PKL 7Haryana Steelers191812123
PKL 6U Mumba222201000
PKL 5Puneri Paltan181500000
PKL 4Patna Pirates142820202
PKL 3Telegu Titans142034156
PKL 2Bengaluru Bulls154215215419
PKL 1Bengaluru Bulls1631829413


SeasonTeamMatches PlayedTotal TacklesSuccessful TacklesTotal Tackle Points
PKL 7Haryana Steelers19933943
PKL 6U Mumba22693740
PKL 5Puneri Paltan18642425
PKL 4Patna Pirates14633139
PKL 3Telegu Titans14582831
PKL 2Bengaluru Bulls15684142
PKL 1Bengaluru Bulls16693439
Dharmaraj Cheralathan Records and Achievements
With 42 Tackle Points, Dharmaraj Cheralathan led the Bengaluru Bulls defence in Season 2.
In Season 3, he led the defence for Telugu Titans with 31 Tackle Points.
He led the Super Tackles count in Season 4 with 8 against his name.
Dharmaraj Cheralathan has bestowed nine gold medals for various events until 2019. These events include Kabaddi National Championship, VIVO Pro Kabaddi League, Southeast Asian Games of 2017 and the Asian Beach Games of 2017.
Dharmaraj Cheralathan Unknown Facts 
He is the oldest player in Pro kabaddi league.
He starts his career in the age of 15.  He played his first kabaddi match in Tiruchanampundi.
Cheralathan’s brother D. Gopu, also plays in the Pro Kabaddi League as a defender.
Cheralathan was an integral part of the Indian kabaddi team since 1999.
He also works in Indian Railway.
Dharmaraj Cheralathan Social Media:
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