Anup Kumar- The Captain Cool

The game of Kabaddi is popular in the streets of India from a long long time. The main reason behind this is the origin of the game is in India itself and many players have made the game popular with their game-plays, style and success.

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A lot of credit must go to the former captain of India Anup Kumar.
Anup started playing Kabaddi as a pass-time when he was in school. He joined CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) as a constable when he has 22 years old.

The game play of Anup led him to the Indian Training Camp of Kabaddi and in 2006 he first represented India at the 2006 South Asian Games in Sri Lanka.

An Illustrious Career

Kumar has always been the back bone of Indian Team and his contribution towards the development of Indian Kabaddi is immense.
As a captain of the team he knows how to win matches and get the best from each player on the field. He has the capacity and qualities to “Lead from the Front”.
Starting from the 2006 South Asian Games where team India won a Gold Medal, Anup has been a part of the Indian Team in all their important triumphs.

Pro Kabaddi Career

  • Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) has played an important role in making the game popular.
  • Anup Kumar was the most trusted player by the franchise U Mumba from season 1.
  • He is the only captain to lead the team in 3 consecutive PKL Finals (Season 1, 2, 3).
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  • The first season of PKL saw the greatness of Anup Kumar as he was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the raider with the most number of raid points. U Mumba lost to Jaipur Pink Panthers in the Grand Finale.
  • The 2nd season of PKL completed the dream of the U Mumba players as they won the league for the first time defeating Bengaluru Bulls. Anup’s contribution as a player and captain was extremely lethal.
  • Anup reached another PKL final I n season 3 with U Mumba but eventually lost to Patna Pirates in the final with just 2 points.
  • In season 5 he became the first player ever to record 400 points in Pro Kabaddi.
  • The amazing bond between U Mumba and Anup Kumar ended in the 6th season where he was released by the franchise and Jaipur Pink Panthers bought him for 30 Lakh.

International Career

His international cap has a lot of honorary feathers. Representing India he has won 3 Gold Medals at the Asian Games and has also led India to a World Cup victory in 2016 which made the 3rd consecutive World Cup Title for India.

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On 19 December 2018 he announced his retirement from the game he loved the most.

Captain Cool

Anup is often regarded as the coolest person on the court. His stability of mind and capacity to take important decisions at any moment of the game makes him one of the greatest to ever play the game.

He is a born leader and can handle pressure situations.
His ability to grab Bonus Points from the opponents credited him the title “Bonus Ka Badshah”.

Each and every person and player loved to watch Anup play and steal those running hand touches at the important moments of the game.
He will be still connected to the game even after his retirement as he has going to return as the coach of Puneri Paltan.

All the supporters of the game are sure that the advices and experience which come along with Anup Kumar will certainly help the young players rise to glory.

The Game will miss you Anup Kumar!!

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