Nitesh Kumar Kabaddi Player

UP Yoddha Photo

Early Life

Nitesh Kumar was born on August 12th 1997. Nitesh Kumar’s father, Sanjay Kumar a former defender himself with years of experience in the sport, has been contributory in guiding Nitesh onto the path that would eventually bring him to the Future Kabaddi Heroes programme. Raised in a family with a history of kabaddi, Nitesh started playing the sport from 7, with support and necessary encouragement from his father and uncle.

Nitesh’s work ethic and dedication to kabaddi is second to none and the youngster credits his father for inculcating those values in him. Sanjay Kumar passed on the knowledge of kabaddi to his son, guiding him into the VIVO ProKabaddi and AKFI-launched Future Kabaddi Heroes (FKH) Programme, where Nitesh further developed as a modern player of the sport.

Nitesh Kumar Pro kabaddi Career:

Nitesh Kumar is an Indian kabaddi player who made his debut in Pro Kabaddi Season 5, playing for UP Yoddha. However, his breakthrough season was Pro Kabaddi Season 6, where he took the world by storm, becoming the first player to score 100 tackle points in a single Pro Kabaddi League Campaign.

Nitesh was drafted into the New Young Players’ pool for the Season 5 auctions and was top contender picked up by UP Yoddha for their debut campaign. 

Season 7 (UP Yoddha)

The only defender in vivo Pro Kabaddi history to have amassed a 100 tackle points in a single season, Nitesh Kumar once again showed his class in Season 7 by scoring 75 tackle points and finishing third in the race for the best defender of the season. Seen in a captain’s role this time around, Nitesh picked up 122 total tackles and had an average of 2.91 tackle points per match to go with his 8 Super Tackles and 6 High 5s.

Nitesh Kumar tops the list with becoming the first player in the Pro Kabaddi League history to score 100 points in a single season. He touched the magical figure of 100 tackle points during the second qualifier after making 6 successful tackles.

UP Yoddha made its debut in Pro Kabaddi Season 5 and since then, has made its place in two consecutive playoffs in 2017 and 2018 respectively, but lost in the eliminator round, missing the final by just one match. 

He was the main reason behind UP Yoddha 8 wins in a row, he had a brilliant average of 4.5 tackle points per match at an impressive tackle SR of 78 including 4 High 5s. Nitesh Kumar will continue to play for U.P Yoddha in Pro Kabaddi Season 8.

Personal Profile:

Full Name Nitesh Kumar
Date of Birth 12 Aug 1997
Age 23 years old (as in 2020)
Nationality Indian
Father’s name Sanjay Kumar
Coach Jasveer Singh
Weight 74kg
Height 5’8 ft.
Position Defender, right corner
Signature Move  Ankle Hold
Current Club U.P. Yoddha

Teams Played for

Seasons Teams
Season 5 U.P. Yoddha
Season 6 U.P. Yoddha
Season 7 U.P. Yoddha


Total Matches Played 67
Total Earned Points 224
Most Points in a match 8
Not out percentage 72.72%
Total raids 11
Successful raids % 18.18%
Super 10’s 0
Total raid points 2
Average raid per match 0.02
Total tackles  367
Number of super tackles 17
Total tackle points 222
Average tackles per match % 3.05
Tackle strike rate % 60.49


Season Wise Stats:


Season Team Matches Played Total Raids Successful Raids Unsuccessful Raids Raid Touch Points Raid Bonus Points Total Raid Points 
PKL 5 U.P. Yoddha 17 2 0 0 0 0 0
PKL 6 U.P. Yoddha 25 7 0 1 0 1 1
PKL 7 U.P. Yoddha 23 7 0 2 1 1 1


Season Team Matches Played Total Tackles Successful Tackles Total Tackle Points
PKL 5 U.P. Yoddha 17 91 46 47
PKL6 U.P. Yoddha 25 154 92 100
PKL7 U.P. Yoddha 23 120 66 75

Nitesh Kumar Unknown Facts

Nitesh Kumar’s tally of 100 tackle points in Season 6 is the most by any player in a single campaign.

His eight High 5s in Season VI are the second-most by a defender in a single campaign.

Nitesh’s tackle strike rate of 64.93 in last season was the highest among all players with over 30 tackle points.

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