Ajay Thakur

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Ajay Thakur
Ajay Thakur Receiving Arjun Award 2019.jpg
Thakur receiving Arjun Award 2019
Personal information
Full nameAjay Thakur
Nickname(s)Ice Man
Born (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 33)
Dabhota, Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh, India
Alma materGovernment Post Graduation College, Nalagarh
OccupationDSP, Kabaddi player & Captain
Years active2007-present
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Spouse(s)Sandeep Rana
KabaddiPro Kabaddi League
ClubBengaluru Bulls
Puneri Paltan
Tamil Thalaivas
TeamIndia national kabaddi team
Coached byBaskaran Kasinathan, Balwan Singh

Ajay Thakur (born 1 May 1986) is an Indian professional Kabaddi player and the current captain of India national kabaddi team. He was part of the national teams which won 2016 Kabaddi World Cup and gold medal at 2014 Asian Games.

He was awarded the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award in 2019.

Early life[edit]

Thakur was born in Dabhota village of Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh, to Chottu Ram and Rajinder Kaur.[1] He was inspired by his cousin Rakesh who had already represented India in Kabaddi at international level.


Ajay Thakur has been described as one of the best Indian raiders.[2] He represented his employer Air India at the Industrial National Championships.[3] He has also captained India team in 2017 and led them to gold.

Pro Kabaddi League[edit]

Season 1[edit]

In season 1,Thakur played 15 matches and scored 122 raid points as well as 5 tackle points

Season 2[edit]

In season 2,Thakur played 13 matches and scored 79 raid points as well as 1 tackle point

Season 3[edit]

In season 3,Thakur played 14 matches and scored 52 raid points as well as 4 tackle point

Season 4[edit]

In season 4,Thakur played 16 matches and scored 63 raid points as well as 1 tackle point

Season 5[edit]

In season 5,Ajay Thakur played 22 matches and scored 213 raid points as well as 9 tackle point

Season 6[edit]

In season 6,Ajay Thakur played 22 matches and scored 203 raid points as well as 1 tackle point

Season 7[edit]

In season 7,Ajay Thakur played 13 matches and scored 58 raid points.

Kabaddi World Cup 2016[edit]

He was the no.1 raider with most raid points and Ajay was the overall highest point scorer with 68 points.

India while playing Iran in the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 final, was in a trailing situation. In this situation, came Ajay scoring a 4-point raid to take India to the lead. He was also the Man of the Tournament in Kabaddi World Cup 2016.

Thakur was placed fourth among the best performing raiders in Season 1 of Pro kabaddi league.


Playing style[edit]

He is an attacking player. He tries to draw out his team when fallen into critical situations. Once he had saved Tamil Thalaivas from going down to Bengal warriors and also had given a match-winning effort against Iran. Due to his height, he has one of the longest reaches (to midline) in the current lot of players.[citation needed]


His awards and achievements include:

  • Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Kabaddi - Gold Medal [2013]
  • Gold Medal at Kabaddi at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games
  • 2014 Asian Games - Gold Medal.
  • Asian Kabaddi Championship 2017(Gorgan, Iran) - Gold Medal.
  • World Cup 2016 (Ahmedabad, India) - Gold medal
  • Asian Games 2018 (Jakarta, Indonesia)- Bronze Medal
  • Padma Shri award (2019)
  • Arjuna Award (2019)


  1. ^ "Kabaddi star ties the knot". The Tribune. Tribune News Service. 11 April 2019. Archived from the original on 29 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  2. ^ Lasrado, Svetlana (21 July 2014). "Bengaluru Bulls gear up for Pro Kabbadi League". The New Indian Express.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Ajay Thakur". Bengaluru Bulls. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Kabaddi fever peaks for tonight's finale". Times of India. TNN. 31 August 2014.