Crossing the age of 35 and still playing is considered to be something brilliant in any sport.
But there is this Dharmaraj Cheralathan who is 43 years old and still plays with the same passion as a 23 year old would play.
A veteran of almost two decades, Dharmaraj Cheralathan is one of the most experienced players in the sport and one of the game’s most seasoned defenders.
Passion for the game, dedication and commitment are the qualities one can definitely learn from Dharmaraj.
Belonging to a farmer family in Tamil Nadu, he and his brother used to work in fields.
His brother D. Gopu is also a Kabaddi player and will play for Tamil Thalaivas this season.
He is the most senior player and is regarded as “Anna”.
He was employed with The Railways and performed brilliantly in the nationals.
Dharmaraj Cheralathan is inducted as the ‘Kabaddi- Hall of Fame’.
He holds nine gold medals at such events as the Kabaddi National Championship, the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, and the Asian Beach Games.
He captained Patna Pirates in season 4 and won them the title.
Along with absolute perfection in his game, he brings in a lot of experience.
He was part of the 2016 World Cup winning team.
He adapts to the team easily and can play at the left as well as right corner.
He is in the field of Kabaddi since 1999 and even after 20 years he never fails to amaze us with his defensive skills.
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.
|Asian Beach Games|
|North Al-Hail 2010|
|PKL Season||Tackle Points (Rank)||High 5s|
|136||TOTAL RAIDS||322||TOTAL TACKLES|
|28||SUCCESSFUL RAIDS||158||SUCCESSFUL TACKLES||2||GREEN CARDS|
|8||UNSUCCESSFUL RAIDS||164||UNSUCCESSFUL TACKLES||0||YELLOW CARDS|
|100||EMPTY RAIDS||0||RED CARDS|
At the end of PKL Season 5