Full Name: Nitesh Kumar
Born: August 12, 1997
Role: Defender, Right Corner
Nitesh Kumar was born on the 12th of August, 1997. Nitesh Kumar’s father, Sanjay Kumar, a former defender with years of experience in the sport, has been instrumental in helping Nitesh down the route that has led him to the Future Kabaddi Heroes programme. Nitesh, who grew up in a kabaddi-loving household, began playing the sport at the age of seven, with help and encouragement from his father and uncle.
Nitesh’s work ethic and passion to kabaddi are unrivalled, and he praises his father for instilling such traits in him. Sanjay Kumar passed on his kabaddi skills to his son, bringing him into the VIVO ProKabaddi and AKFI-launched Future Kabaddi Heroes (FKH) Programme, where Nitesh further evolved as a contemporary kabaddi player.
Nitesh Kumar’s father, a former Cover defender with years of knowledge in the sport, was instrumental in mentoring Nitesh down the route that led him to the Future Kabaddi Heroes programme. Nitesh, who grew up in a kabaddi-obsessed family, began playing the sport at the age of seven, with assistance and encouragement from his father and uncle.
nitesh kumar kabaddi player Pro Kabaddi League Career:
Nitesh Kumar is an Indian kabaddi player who debuted for UP Yoddha in Pro Kabaddi Season 5. His breakout season, however, was Pro Kabaddi Season 6, when he made history by becoming the first player to achieve 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 the top candidate picked up by UP Yoddha for their inaugural season.
Nitesh Kumar kabaddi, the only defender in live Pro Kabaddi history to score 100 tackle points in a single season, demonstrated his class once again in Season 7 by accumulating 75 tackle points and finishing third in the battle for the season’s top defender. Nitesh played as captain this time, accumulating 122 total tackles and an average of 2.91 tackle points per match, in addition to his 8 Super Tackles and 6 High 5s.
UP Yoddha made their debut in Pro Kabaddi Season 5 and has since qualified for two straight playoffs in 2017 and 2018, but fell in the elimination stage, missing the final by just one match.
He was the key cause for UP Yoddha 8-game winning streak, with a spectacular average of 4.5 tackle points per match and an incredible tackle SR of 78, including 4 High 5s Nitesh Kumar will remain with U.P Yoddha in Pro Kabaddi Season 8.
Some Facts about Nitesh Kumar:
- Nitesh Kumar’s 100 tackle points in Season 6 are the most in a single season by any player.
- His eight High 5s in Season VI are the second-most in a single season by a defender.
- Last season, Nitesh’s tackle strike rate of 64.93 was the best among all players with more than 30 tackle points.
Nitesh Kumar Pro Kabaddi Stats:
- Total number of matches played: 67
- Total number of points earned: 224
- Most points scored in a match: 8
- 18 per cent of raids are successful.
|Season||Team||Matches||Raid Points||Super Raid||Tackle Point||Super Tackle||Total Points|
|PKL 5||UP Yoddha||17||0||
|PKL 6||UP Yoddha||25||1||
|PKL 7||UP Yoddha||23||1||