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Rohit Kumar Biography: The Roller Coaster Tale of Indian Kabaddi’s ‘Akki’

Just mentioning his name gives nightmares to his opponents. He is known for his raids and his trademark frog jump. Rohit Kumar, one of the most valuable members of the Indian Kabaddi team and Pro Kabaddi League, doesn’t need any introduction. At the same time, his interesting life story needs to be told! The journey hasn’t been smooth. But a smooth sea never made a talented sailor anyway, isn’t it? From controversies to trophies, from family support to team camaraderie, let us explore the myriad aspects of this champion’s life.

About Athlete
Full Name
Rohit Kumar
Age
29
Sport Category
Kabaddi
Date of Birth
19 January 1990
Hometown
Nizampur, Haryana
Height
1.85 m
Weight
79 kg
Teams Played for
Indian National Team, Patna Pirates, Bengaluru Bulls

Rohit Kumar Biography

Early Life and Background

Hi father has been a huge motivation for him. Being a kabaddi player himself, his guidance has proven to be unparalleled for him. His father is employed with the Delhi Police. On the basis of his kabaddi achievements, Rohit Kumar joined the Indian Navy through sports quota in 2009.

“We were just kids when senior players like Manjeet Chhillar and Rakesh Kumar used to train in Nizampur. They used to teach the junior players the basics of the game. Seeing them excel in the sport gave me the confidence to achieve something similar in the world of kabaddi,” Rohit was quoted by Sportskeeda.

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Journey

In 2016, Rohit made his Indian National Team debut at the 2016 South Asian Games. He showcased superior talent and won the gold medal for the country. His talent impressed one and all. He was part of the 2018 Kabaddi Masters Dubai squad as well.

Pro Kabaddi League

The star raider in action (Credits: khelkabaddi.in)

His Pro Kabaddi League journey started in 2014. He missed out on the first two seasons but made an impressive debut in the third one. He played for Patna Pirates then and was adjudged as the Most Valuable Player when his team won the title. In the fourth season of the league, he was signed by the Bengaluru Bulls. Since then he has stayed with the Bengaluru team. He was retained by the franchise for a record amount of INR 81 lakh in the fourth season. In the sixth edition of the league, he ably captained the side.

PKL Stats

Rohit Kumar Pro Kabaddi League Statistics

Season Team Matches Raid Points Super Raids Super 10s Tackle Points Super Tackles Total Points
3 Patna Pirates 12 102 4 5 7 109
4 Bengaluru Bulls 14 93 3 1 7 1 100
5 Bengaluru Bulls 22 219 1 12 12 1 231
6 Bengaluru

Bulls

24 162 5 5 9 171

Interesting Facts

  • Rohit is a big fan of Akshay Kumar. When he moved to Mumbai, he was extremely happy to be close to his idol. He finally met Akshay Kumar in July 2017 and it was the most special day of his life! His love for the star is so famous that he is fondly called as Akki by his friends and family.

Rohit with his idol Akshay Kumar (Credits: Twitter)

“He has been my idol for a long time now. The amount of hard work he has done to achieve these great heights in the film industry is extraordinary. He had no family relations in the film industry before joining it, he had his struggles and he overcame all that with his hard work. I try to emulate that whenever I am on the mat playing kabaddi, though I have not met him in person yet,” he was quoted by Sportskeeda.

  • Rohit Kumar’s hobbies include traveling and listening to music.
  • He holds the record of being the first kabaddi player to score 30 points in a Pro Kabaddi League match. He achieved the feat in season 5 of the league against the team U.P. Yoddha.
  • The season was all the more special for Kumar as he scored 231 points and became the second highest scorer of the league.

Rohit Kumar Controversy

Rohit with his wife Lalita during happier times
Source: NoiseBreak

Rohit was married to his late wife Lalita from 2012-2016. Unfortunately, in the year 2016, she committed suicide. Kumar and his parents were blamed for the suicide as per a note left by his wife. Apparently, Lalita had also left some audio recordings blaming Rohit and his family for dowry torture. Rohit and his father were arrested and later released on bail. Rohit maintained the stand that he was innocent and readily cooperated with the police in the investigation.

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