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.
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.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 38″, Waist: 30″, Biceps: 14″
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’s mother is a homemaker.
He has a younger brother named Gurdeep Sangwan who is also a kabaddi player.
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 got married in 2022.
Nitesh Kumar follows Hinduism.
Nitesh Kumar belongs to the Jaat caste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’s partnership with the team ‘UP Yoddhas’ went on for seasons 8 and 9 of the Pro Kabaddi League.
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.
- 2018: Best Defender of the Tournament- Season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League
- 2019: TATA Ace Defender of the Match- Season 7 of the Pro Kabaddi League
- 2023: Defender of the Match- Season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League
Nitesh Kumar owns a Toyota Fortuner, a Hyundai i20, and a Mahindra XUV 300.
- Dessert(s): Gajar ka Halwa, Gulab Jamun
- Web Series: Money Heist (2017)
- 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.
- He loves travelling to different places and shares his travelling experience on Instagram.
- In 2018, Nitesh Kumar became the first player in the Pro Kabaddi League history to score 100 tackle points in a single campaign.
- Nitesh is a close friends with kabaddi player Pawan Sehrawat.
- Nitesh enjoys playing cricket when he is free from his kabaddi practice sessions.
- 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.
- In 2023, Nitesh was ranked at the ninth position on the list of ‘Top 10 Defenders’ for season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League.