Dharmaraj Cheralathan

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Dharmaraj Cheralathan
Personal information
Full nameDharmaraj Cheralathan
Born (1975-04-21) 21 April 1975 (age 43)
OccupationKabbadi Player
Years active1999 – present
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight78.6 kg (173 lb)
PositionDefender Left and right corner
LeaguePro Kabaddi League
ClubTelugu Titans, Bengaluru Bulls, Patna Pirates,Puneri Paltan, U Mumba
TeamIndia national kabaddi team

Dharmaraj Cheralathan (born 21 April 1975) is an Indian kabaddi defender in the Pro Kabaddi League. He was a member of the Indian Kabaddi Team, and won a gold medal at the Kabaddi World Cup in 2016.[1]

Cheralathan is a member the Kabaddi Hall of Fame. He holds nine gold medals at such events as the Kabaddi National Championship, the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, and the Asian Beach Games.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cheralathan comes from a farming family in Tamil Nadu. He has one brother and two sisters. Of his farming background, he says: "Farming was all that was important to me while growing up. Even my brother is a farmer. We spent a lot of our young days working in the fields."[3]

Cheralathan's brother, D. Gopu, also plays in the Pro Kabaddi League, and is also a defender. This season, Gopu will be seen playing for Tamil Thalaivas.[3]

Pro Kabbadi League[edit]

Cheralathan played for the Bengaluru Bulls and Telugu Titans before he was bought by the Patna Pirates at auction during the fourth season in 2017.[3] Cheralathan sold for 29 lakh rupees, and was appointed captain of the Patna Pirates. The Pirates won the Pro Kabaddi title for season 4.[4] In May 2017, Sportskeeda.com named him one of the top five defenders entering season five.[4]


  1. ^ "Dharmaraj Cheralathan Latest News, Biography, Photos & Stats | Dharmaraj Cheralathan's Family, House Photos & News | Dharmaraj Cheralathan's Kabaddi Records, Achievements | Sportskeeda.com". m.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  2. ^ "Dharmaraj Cheralathan | SportingIndia". sportingindia.com. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  3. ^ a b c "Interview with Patna Pirates captain Dharmaraj Cheralathan: "We have a great mix which makes us one of the top contenders"". 2016-06-22. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  4. ^ a b "Pro Kabaddi League Season 5: Top 5 defenders who will receive the highest bids". 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2017-06-13.