Nitesh Kumar Wiki, Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Nitesh Kumar is an Indian Kabaddi player who got into the limelight for his performance as a right-corner defender in National games as well as the Pro Kabaddi League.

Wiki/Biography

Nitesh Kumar was born as ‘Nitesh Kumar Sangwan’ on Tuesday, 12 August 1997 (age 26 years; as of 2023) in the village Aadampur Dadi, district Bhiwani, Haryana. His zodiac sign is Leo.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 8″

Weight (approx.): 75 kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 38″, Waist: 30″, Biceps: 14″

Nitesh Kumar

Family

Parents & Siblings

Nitesh Kumar’s father, Sanjay Kumar, is a former kabaddi player who played as a cover defender. Sanjay Kumar has also been a Kabaddi coach who used to train Border Security Force (BSF) players.

Nitesh Kumar with his father Sanjay Kumar (right)

Nitesh Kumar with his father Sanjay Kumar (right)

Nitesh’s mother is a homemaker.

Nitesh Kumar with his mother

Nitesh Kumar with his mother

He has a younger brother named Gurdeep Sangwan who is also a kabaddi player.

Nitesh Kumar with his younger brother Gurdeep Sangwan (left)

Nitesh Kumar with his younger brother Gurdeep Sangwan (left)

Other Relatives

Nitesh Kumar has a cousin named Sumit Sangwan who is also a kabaddi player. He also has an uncle named Sukhvir Singh Sangwan who was a former player of the Indian National Kabaddi Team.

Nitesh Kumar with his cousin Sumit Sangwan (right)

Nitesh Kumar with his cousin Sumit Sangwan (right)

Wife 

Nitesh Kumar got married in 2022.

Nitesh Kumar and his wife at their wedding ceremony in 2022

Nitesh Kumar and his wife at their wedding ceremony in 2022

Religion

Nitesh Kumar follows Hinduism.

Nitesh Kumar praying at a temple

Nitesh Kumar praying at a temple

Caste

Nitesh Kumar belongs to the Jaat caste.

Kabaddi Player

International Championships

In 2019, Nitesh Kumar was included in the Indian kabaddi squad for the 13th South Asian Games which were held in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. The Indian kabaddi team bagged the gold medal by defeating Sri Lanka by the score of 51-18.

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Nitesh Kumar (extreme right) with other team members of the Indian Kabaddi team at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal

Nitesh Kumar (extreme right) with other team members of the Indian Kabaddi team at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal

In 2023, Nitesh Kumar became part of the Indian kabaddi team which participated in the 19th Asian Games which were held in Hangzhou, China. The team won the gold medal in the finals by defeating Iran by the score of 33-29.

Nitesh Kumar (sitting, second from right) with the team members after winning the 19th Asian Games in 2023

Nitesh Kumar (sitting, second from right) with the team members after winning the 19th Asian Games in 2023

In the same year, he represented India in the 2023 Asian Kabaddi Championship which was held in Busan, South Korea. The Indian team won the gold medal by defeating Iran by the score of 42-32.

Nitesh Kumar after winning the gold medal in the 2023 Asian Kabaddi Championship in South Korea

Nitesh Kumar after winning the gold medal in the 2023 Asian Kabaddi Championship in South Korea

National Championships

In 2019, Nitesh Kumar represented the Services Sports Control Board kabaddi team at the 66th Senior National Kabaddi Men’s Championship which was held in Raigad District, Maharashtra. The team won the second position in the championship.

Nitesh Kumar posing with the runners-up trophy of the 66th Senior National Kabaddi Men's Championship in 2019

Nitesh Kumar posing with the runners-up trophy of the 66th Senior National Kabaddi Men’s Championship in 2019

In 2020, Nitesh represented the Services Sports Control Board kabaddi team in the 67th Senior National Kabaddi Championship which was held in Jaipur. In 2021, Nitesh represented the ‘UP Yoddhas’ team in the 38th All India Men Kabaddi Championship which was held in Gotegaon, Madhya Pradesh. In the same year, he represented the Goa Kabaddi Team in the 68th Senior National Kabaddi Championship which was held in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

Pro Kabaddi League

In 2017, Nitesh Kumar was selected under the New Young Players (NYP) category by the Lucknow-based team ‘UP Yoddhas’ and made his Pro Kabaddi League debut in season 5 as a defender.

Nitesh Kumar (second from right) in season 5 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2017)

Nitesh Kumar (second from right) in season 5 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2017)

In the following year, he was retained by the team for season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League in which he played 25 matches and earned 100 tackle points.

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Nitesh Kumar (left) during a match in season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2018)

Nitesh Kumar (left) during a match in season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2018)

In 2019, Nitesh was again retained by the team and was appointed as the captain of the team ‘UP Yoddhas’ in season 7 of the PKL in which he played a total of 22 matches and scored a total of 77 tackle points.

Nitesh Kumar as the captain of 'UP Yoddhas' in season 7 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2019)

Nitesh Kumar as the captain of ‘UP Yoddhas’ in season 7 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2019)

Nitesh’s partnership with the team ‘UP Yoddhas’ went on for seasons 8 and 9 of the Pro Kabaddi League.

Nitesh Kumar (centre) during a match in season 9 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2022)

Nitesh Kumar (centre) during a match in season 9 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2022)

He was again retained by the team in season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League in which he played a total of 14 matches and earned a score of 35 tackle points along with 100% raid strike rate and 49% tackle strike rate.

Nitesh Kumar (extreme left) during a match in season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2023)

Nitesh Kumar (extreme left) during a match in season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2023)

Awards

  • 2018: Best Defender of the Tournament- Season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League
    Nitesh Kumar posing with his 'Best Defender of the Tournament' trophy in 2018

    Nitesh Kumar posing with his ‘Best Defender of the Tournament’ trophy in 2018

  • 2019: TATA Ace Defender of the Match- Season 7 of the Pro Kabaddi League
    Nitesh Kumar (right) receiving the award of 'TATA Ace Defender of the Match' in PKL 7

    Nitesh Kumar (right) receiving the award of ‘TATA Ace Defender of the Match’ in PKL 7

  • 2023: Defender of the Match- Season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League
    Nitesh Kumar won the prize of 'Defender of the Match' in PKL season 10

    Nitesh Kumar won the prize of ‘Defender of the Match’ in PKL season 10

Car Collection

Nitesh Kumar owns a Toyota Fortuner, a Hyundai i20, and a Mahindra XUV 300.

Nitesh Kumar (right) after purchasing his new car Toyota Fortuner

Nitesh Kumar (right) after purchasing his new car Toyota Fortuner

Nitesh Kumar posing with his car Hyundai i20

Nitesh Kumar posing with his car Hyundai i20

Nitesh Kumar posing with his car Mahindra XUV 300

Nitesh Kumar posing with his car Mahindra XUV 300

Favourites

  • Dessert(s): Gajar ka Halwa, Gulab Jamun
  • Web Series: Money Heist (2017)

Facts/Trivia

  • Nitesh Kumar started playing kabaddi at the age of 7 with the assistance and guidance of his father and uncle as both of them were kabaddi players themselves.
  • In 2016, Nitesh cleared his trials in Jaipur and got selected by the team ‘UP Yoddhas’ for season 5 of the Pro Kabaddi League.
  • He loves animals and often shares photos of her pet cat on social media.
    Nitesh Kumar with his pet cat

    Nitesh Kumar with his pet cat

  • He loves travelling to different places and shares his travelling experience on Instagram.
    Nitesh Kumar on a vacation in Dubai

    Nitesh Kumar on a vacation in Dubai

  • In 2018, Nitesh Kumar became the first player in the Pro Kabaddi League history to score 100 tackle points in a single campaign.
    Nitesh Kumar's record-breaking performance in season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2018)

    Nitesh Kumar’s record-breaking performance in season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League (2018)

  • Nitesh is a close friends with kabaddi player Pawan Sehrawat.
    Nitesh Kumar with Pawan Sehrawat (right)

    Nitesh Kumar with Pawan Sehrawat (right)

  • Nitesh enjoys playing cricket when he is free from his kabaddi practice sessions.
    Nitesh Kumar bowling in the cricket nets during his free time

    Nitesh Kumar bowling in the cricket nets during his free time

  • If Nitesh was not a kabaddi player, he would have been a farmer as he loves going to his farms in the village and spending time on the tubewell.
    Nitesh Kumar (left) having fun on the tubewell of his village

    Nitesh Kumar (left) having fun on the tubewell of his village

  • In 2023, Nitesh was ranked at the ninth position on the list of ‘Top 10 Defenders’ for season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League.
    The list of 'Top 10 Defenders' of season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League

    The list of ‘Top 10 Defenders’ of season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League

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