Naveen Kumar (kabaddi)

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Full nameNaveen Kumar Goyat
Nickname(s)Naveen Express
Born (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 22)
Sultanpur, Haryana, India
EducationKurukshetra University
OccupationKabaddi Player
Years active2018–present
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm) [1]
Weight76 kg (168 lb) [1]
LeaguePro Kabaddi League
ClubDabang Delhi (2018-present)
TeamIndia national kabaddi team

Naveen Kumar Goyat is an Indian professional kabaddi player who plays for the India national kabaddi team and captains Dabang Delhi in the Pro Kabaddi League. His speedy raiding and consistency makes him one of the best raiders in the league.[2] [3]

Early Life

Naveen was born in Sultanpur, Haryana on 14th February, 2000. [4] His father was a driver; and he was introduced to the sport by his grandfather. [5] He completed his education at Kurukshetra University. [6] He is the first person born in the twenty first century to play in the Pro Kabaddi League, and was also the youngest to do so. [6]

Pro Kabaddi League Career

Season 6

Naveen made his debut in 2018, 2018–19 Pro Kabaddi League season|Season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League for the club Dabang Delhi. He finished the season as the team's top scorer with 177 points and led it to the playoffs. [7]

Season 7

He performed consistently in 2019 Pro Kabaddi League season|Season 7 and won the Most Valuable Player Award (MVP).[8] The team emerged runner-up. [9] [10] [11] [12] His performance placed him as one of the league's best raiders, scoring 300 points in a single season. [13] [14] He scored Super 10s (more than 10 points in a single game) in 22 of the 23 matches he played. [15] [16]He also got the nickname 'Naveen Express' for his speedy raids and consistency. [17]

Season 8

Naveen played well in the first few matches of the 2021–22 Pro Kabaddi League season|tournament and the team won initial games. [18] [19] [20] [21]He also became the fastest player to reach 600 points in the history of the league. [22][23] However, he had to walk out in the middle due to an injury. [24][14][25][26]

International Career

Naveen Kumar plays for the India national kabaddi team. He was a part of the national team at the 2019 South Asian Games|13th South-Asian Games, where he played an important role in helping the team win the tournament. [27] [28]


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  9. World, Republic. "Dabang Delhi beat Bengaluru Bulls to enter PKL final". Republic World. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  10. "Dabang Delhi beat Bengaluru Bulls to enter PKL final". Deccan Herald. 2019-10-17. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  11. "Pro Kabaddi 2019: Bengal Warriors derail 'Naveen Express' to win maiden title; beat Dabang Delhi 39-34-Sports News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  12. "2019 finale defeat still hurts: Reigning MVP Naveen Kumar says Dabang Delhi motivated to go all the way in PKL 8". Hindustan Times. 2021-12-19. Retrieved 2022-02-03.
  13. Aug 28, TNN /; 2019; Ist, 09:10. "Pro Kabaddi: Naveen upbeat over Dabang's home-phase engagements | Pro-Kabaddi-League News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-01-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  15. Sportstar, Team. "PKL Auctions 2021: Who are the New Young Players?". Sportstar. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  16. Kumar, Anish (2019-10-18). "Consistent performer: Why Naveen Kumar may be the next big Pro Kabaddi star". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  17. "Kabaddi's latest superstar who still loves a seista under the jaamun tree". The Indian Express. 2022-01-26. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  18. Dec 29, PTI / Updated; 2021; Ist, 22:59. "PKL: Naveen shines in Dabang Delhi's win over Bengal Warriors | Pro-Kabaddi-League News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-01-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  19. "Pro Kabaddi League: Naveen Kumar helps Dabang Delhi beat U Mumba; Bulls defeat Thalaivas". Zee News. 2021-12-24. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  20. Sportstar, Team. "Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 Highlights: Naveen Kumar scores 18 points, Dabang Delhi defeats UP Yoddha 37-33". Sportstar. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  21. "PKL 8: Naveen Kumar Helps Dabang Delhi Edge Past Telugu Titans 36-35". News18. 2022-01-05. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  22. "Pro Kabaddi League Match 7 Highlights: Naveen leads Dabang Delhi to 31-27 win over U Mumba". India Today. 2021-12-24. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  23. "Top three fastest players to reach 600 raid points in Pro Kabaddi League". Khel Now. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  24. "Delhi are playing well despite Naveen's absence, says Pawan Sehrawat". Khel Now. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  25. "From teen prodigy to MVP: Relentless Naveen Kumar's meteoric rise". ESPN. 2022-01-19. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  26. "Dabang Delhi KC aim comeback, Bengal Warriors take on U Mumba". ThePrint. 2022-01-14. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  27. "13th South Asian Games: Naveen Kumar shines as Indian Kabaddi Team crush Sri Lanka to win gold medal – Movie News". Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  28. Sportstar, Team. "Indian Kabaddi teams bag gold in South Asian Games". Sportstar. Retrieved 2022-01-28.

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