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Naveen Kumar Biography | Age, PKL, Family, Raid Points, Tackles – All Details

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Naveen Kumar is the youngest player in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League, the first player born in the 21st century to play for PKL. One of the top ten scorers at the end of the league entry in Dabang Delhi’s changed their fortune forever. His immense sincerity, potential, and hard work make him stand out among the rest. The world is his oyster, and his path towards success has just begun. Let’s glimpse into the exciting life story of kabaddi player Naveen Kumar.

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Naveen Kumar Biography

Personal information
Full name Naveen Kumar Goyat
Nickname(s) Naveen Express
Nationality Indian
Born 14 February 2000 (age 23)

Sultanpur, Haryana, India

Education Kurukshetra University
Occupation Kabaddi Player
Years active 2018–present
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Sport
Country India
Sport Kabaddi
Position Raider
League Pro Kabaddi League
Club Dabang Delhi K.C. (2018–present)
Team Indian national kabaddi team

Naveen Kumar’s Parents & Siblings

Naveen Kumar's Parents | KreedOn
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Sansar Singh Goyat and Meena Goyat are the parents of Naveen Kumar. His father works as a driver, while his mother takes care of the household as a homemaker. Naveen also has a sister named Sonam Goyat.

Early Life

Naveen with his coach | KreedOn
Image Source: Kabaddi Adda

Naveen was first introduced to the world of kabaddi by his grandfather, a wrestler when he was just seven years old. Moreover, since he was growing up in Bhiwani – the land which has also given Parvesh Bhainswal – there weren’t many options than playing kabaddi.

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The player’s passion for the sport grew leaps and bounds. Naveen Kumar represented his school in junior national championships and university championships. He went on to feature in the U-17 Championships before going to play at the national level. There, Kumar emerged as the best raider.

He completed his Higher Secondary Education in Physical Studies from Kurukshetra University. During the earlier days of his life, Naveen Kumar had to juggle between his personal and family life, kabaddi and education.

“I received the support of my family and childhood coach and realized that I have to do something in the field of Kabaddi,” Naveen said in an interview.

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He went on to secure a job with Air Force in 2018.


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Naveen Kumar’s Career for India

Naveen Kumar | KreedOn
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Naveen Kumar is an integral member of the Indian national kabaddi team, having represented the team in various prestigious tournaments. His contributions were particularly noteworthy during the 13th South-Asian Games, where he played a crucial role in securing the team’s victory. In the final match against Sri Lanka, Naveen showcased his skills by scoring a Super 10. Similarly, in the Asian Kabaddi Championships 2023 held in Busan, he emerged as a key player for his team, playing a pivotal role in India’s gold medal triumph. Naveen’s exceptional performance earned him a spot in the Asian Games 2023 squad, which took place in China.

PKL Career of Naveen Kumar

Naveen Kumar | KreedOn
Source: Times Now

Kumar’s performance attracted many teams in the Pro-Kabaddi League; ultimately, he got a call for trials from Dabang Delhi KC. As expected, he did not fail to impress the selectors.

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The youngster was bought by the owner of the Dabang Delhi K.C. Team for INR 6.6 lakh in season 6. He debuted in style with 22 matches in his first season and 177 points. He also impressed one and all by scoring 26 do-or-die points. His performance against Jaipur Pink Panthers was very noteworthy. Kumar made a Super 10 and scored 12 raid points from just 18 raids.

In a telephonic interview with the Firstpost, he said, It was my first season, and I played amid senior players and coaches, and they guided me on how to work on my footwork and strategy of how to go about things. Learned that it is a team game and have to work for the betterment of the team. To think about how to lead the team forward. I worked on giving my best in my first season, and it worked.

The youngster is being given extra attention by the coach Krishnan Kumar Hooda and captain Joginder Singh Narwal.

“Be it Hooda sahib, Joginder bhaisaheb, Ravinder bhaisahab (veteran defender Ravinder Pahal) or a champion player like Vishal Mane, they always guide me and tell me about the mistakes that I can avoid and how can I target opponents’ weaknesses and score points,” he adds. “Our seniors players go out of their way to help and guide us,” he told espn.in.

The Delhi team has finally found a fine balance between balance and offence. The current season has been exceptional for the franchise. Naveen Kumar, with 934 raid point, is currently at 6th position in the list of raiders with most raid points. In PKL season 10, the raider will eye one achieving the milestone of 1000 raid points in the league.

PKL Statistics: Naveen Kumar

Season Team Matches Raid Points Super Raids Super 10s Tackle Points Super Tackles Total Points
6 Dabang Delhi 22 172 2  8 5 1 177
7 Dabang Delhi 23 301 1 22 2 303
8 Dabang Delhi 17 207 3 12 3 210
9 Dabang Delhi 23 254 3 16 4 1 258
Total 85 934 9 58 14 2 948

Immense Maturity

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Credits PKL

“My only goal is to help the team win. If the team goals are met, the individual goals will take care of themselves,” he says.

Instead of just focusing on individual numbers, he is always focusing on the team performance. His humility at such a young age is extremely impressive.


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Interesting Facts about Naveen Kumar

  • Naveen Kumar is the only player to score ten consecutive Super 10s.
  • In the 2019 season match against Patna Pirates, Naveen Kumar became the joint-fastest raider to score 300 raid points in PKL.
  • Ajay Thakur has always an inspiration for Naveen. He has followed his career and style since the launch of the league.
  • He is also a big fan of Surjeet Singh, Parvesh Bhainswal, and Sunil Kumar, and considers them to be the toughest defenders.

Signature Move

Naveen Kumar | KreedOn
Image Source: The Indian Express

Naveen’s signature move is the running hand touch. His agility and ability to score under pressure perfectly complement the move.

“I really like the running hand touch as it requires a lot of speed and skill besides high fitness levels. But I think I can also execute the toe touch and frog jump well as it is imperative to keep the defenders guessing,” he said in an interview with ESPN.

Naveen’s ultimate dream is to represent the country at the international level and earn laurels. The youngster is talented, humble, and hard-working. Considering his performance in the PKL, Naveen is sure to reach new heights.

Naveen Kumar and his Wife

 On 22 March 2023, Naveen Kumar tied the knot with Meenakshi Baliyan in an intimate wedding ceremony held in Faridabad, Haryana. Meenakshi Baliyan, who happens to be Naveen’s childhood friend and life-partner, is employed with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Naveen took to his social media platforms to share the joyous news of their marriage, receiving warm wishes from his fans and fellow players.

Social Media: Naveen Kumar 


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Mamta Thatte
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