Puneri Paltan, Pune’s favorite kabaddi team has appointed Ex-India Captain, Kabaddi’s Captain Cool and Bonus ka Badshah, Anup Kumar, as the new head coach for Season 7 of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League.
Anup Kumar, who retired as a player in Vivo PKL Season 6 has now decided to turn the tables and step onto the other side of the mat, as a coach.
Anup Kumar has had an illustrious career as a player. His international debut was in 2006 at the South Asian Games where our Men’s Kabaddi team won the gold. He captained the team to win the gold medal in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games. He also carries the honor of lifting the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup trophy. Under his able captainship, India strengthened its position as the leading force in kabaddi on a global scale.
Anup was conferred with the Arjuna Award by the Government of India in 2012 for his invaluable contribution towards the sport.
Speaking on the appointment of the new coach, Kailash Kandpal, CEO of Puneri Paltan said, “Anup is vastly experienced in the PKL format and known for his cool and calm composure. We are banking on his expertise to implement new tactics this season for our team.”
Speaking on the occasion, Anup Kumar said, “Kabaddi is my first love and I have given everything for the sport. As a coach, this will be my first stint and I will concentrate on improving our team's skills, fitness and presence of mind on the mat. I am looking forward to working with Puneri Paltan, as a coach, in Vivo PKL Season 7.”