Introduction to Kabaddi was like a revolution for all boys in his village. Coming from a background with a hotbed of kabaddi players, Mohit Chhillar unsurprisingly decided to pursue a career in kabaddi. However, what is surprising is his consistent rise and first-class talent.
Playing for his village club to the Juniors, and then subsequently in the National Team, Mohit has had an exciting ride. He is considered as one of the most versatile defenders in the game and has time and again won matches for his team. Mohit made his mark in the Pro Kabaddi League and slowly cemented his position in the National team. One of the best kabaddi players in the country, today let us explore the multiple facets of the defence machine of Indian Kabaddi, Mohit Chhillar.
Mohit Chhillar Biography
Kabaddi ( Position: Defender, Right Corner)
Date of Birth
13 July 1993
Teams Played for
Pro Kabaddi League, Indian National Kabaddi Team
Mohit Chhillar started playing kabaddi right from when he was a kid. He played for School Games Federation of India. Though his father is also a former kabaddi player himself, it was his uncle who introduced him to kabaddi who was an international-level player himself. There were no training facilities in his hometown, hence, Mohit took guidance from his seniors.
Mohit missed out on Delhi state team selections, but he was selected by the Rajasthan team. “They had a full squad anyway and there was a lot of competition. But Navneet Gautam knew about me and asked me to play for Rajasthan,” he recalled in an interview with the Indian Express.
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He received recognition there and started making his mark in the field of kabaddi. His stellar performances in the Pro Kabaddi League earned him a spot in the Indian team. And what a start it was!
Mohit’s career with the National team couldn’t have started on a better note. He was a part of the Asian Games 2016 gold medal-winning team. The very same year, the team won the Kabaddi World Cup, too. It was indeed a special moment for Mohit.
— Mohit Chhillar (@MohitChhillar04) October 25, 2016
Mohit Chhillar & Pro-Kabaddi League
Mohit played for U Mumba in the Pro Kabaddi League for three years. Later Bengaluru Bulls signed him for a record 53 lakh rupees.
“I feel very happy. I did not expect to get this much as I thought I would go from between 35 and 40 lakh. I take special leave without pay from my employers when I take part in the PKL,” Chhillar was quoted by the Firstpost.
Randhir Singh, an experienced coach, has helped out Mohit a lot. In an interview, Mohit was quoted as “He has made us work really hard in the practice sessions in order to prepare us for the upcoming season and told us to play a confident game on the mat irrespective of what the result might be. The most important advice that he gave us is good things will happen if we would play fair and hard!”
Interesting Facts about Mohit Chhillar
- Mohit Chhillar loves travelling.
- He works with the North West Railway at Jodhpur.
- Akshay Kumar is his favourite actor. He also likes Salman Khan.
- Mohit really looks up to Rakesh Kumar and Manjeet Chhillar.
[Tweet ““We’re actually not related. But the fact that we both play kabaddi, and that we come from the same village creates a bond. That’s why he was often coaching me when I was a junior. It’s watching players like him and Rakesh that inspired me,” Mohit told the Indian Express.”]
- Along with kabaddi, Mohit is a big fan of cricket as well. His idol is none other than Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
- Food cooked by his mom is Mohit’s favourite food. He looks forward to coming back home after tournaments and enjoying a home-cooked meal.
Mohit Chhillar Achievements
Dubai Kabaddi Masters
Mohit Chhillar PKL Stats
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— Mohit Chhillar (@MohitChhillar04) October 19, 2018
— Mohit Chhillar (@MohitChhillar04) September 11, 2018
Mohit never received any professional training at the start of his career. He only learnt by observing others. Guidance of his seniors helped him reach where he is today. Mohit wants to carry forward this tradition by guiding upcoming kabaddi players.
We wish the champion, all the very best for his future endeavours.
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