Pro Kabaddi: Ashan Kumar Becomes Globetrotting Coach From Indian Captain

Kumar has led the rebirth of the Tamil Tarawa group during the current Pro Kabaddi League season, captaining the Indian team that won the gold medal at the first Asian Games.

At the PKL auction in August, the Tamil Tarawa group made their very first big move in their five-year existence. This was a group that had actually never damaged the irons of finishing second from bottom in the team stage. This is a team that was ready to invest over half of their auction budget plan on one player, spending a record Rs 226 million on an in-form Pawan Sehrawat, hoping to alter their ton of money.

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old raider injured his knee in the very first 10 mins of the very first game of the season. This injury required surgical procedure and maintained him out for the rest of the game. The team after that went on to win one, draw one and lose four of their very first 6 games. The risk of another unsatisfactory period impended once more.

The group had an additional huge moment

Experienced coach Ashan Kumar came in to manage the team. In the 10 games because he signed up with the group, regardless of a slow-moving start, the group has moved up the ladder and made it to the playoffs for the first time in their background. They are currently in 6th place with six games delegated play.

This isn’t the first time Kumar has coordinated a revival. The 61-year-old from Haryana played a successful duty in the final of the 2018 Asian Games. Iran and also South Korea, both of which beat India on their means to the last in Jakarta.

” My only goal is to spread the sport to other nations as well as make them proficient at it. If these other countries are bad at kabaddi, after that perhaps there won’t be such a delighted atmosphere on the platform we have today. When we talk about Fazel Atrachali (Iranian captain and also captain of the top dog Puneri Paltan), or some of the players from Korea, that was the objective in the first place. To develop quality teams abroad to guarantee there is competitors.”

Success as a player

Although Kumar’s success hasn’t specifically been abroad, and also not just as a trainer. As a matter of fact, he was the captain of the Indian group that won the sport’s first gold medal in the medal occasion at the 1990 Asian Games. It was the initial step in the Indian group’s 28-year supremacy of the sporting activity at the Asian Games, which is the largest prize in the sporting activity.

Nevertheless, he recalls a massive distinction between his playing days and today’s cash-rich professional league.

” Kabaddi was the only sport in which India won gold in the 1990 Olympics. That was an extremely honored minute for us yet taking a look at the circumstance then and also now, the difference resembles all the time.” The former service player and coach stated.

Kabaddi’s missionary

Eight years later on, Kumar came to be the trainer of the gold-winning 1998 Bangkok Olympics team, and also a couple of years later on, he began forming the fortunes of the Asian Games groups that are now India’s largest opponents on the international stage.

In 2010, he was the coach of the Iranian team that competed in Guangzhou and also won the silver medal. Before he can create the group, he had to instill a sense of discipline, especially at Atrachali. Atrachali has recently become the most successful defender in the PKL. But Kumar asserted that the player still remembers the early lessons he received from his coach.

“When I went to South Korea, they didn’t have a great deal of gamers and also they just had adequate room for half the court. We practiced on a judo floor covering. In that tiny group of gamers, on that fifty percent court, we exercised, we functioned and trained tough as well as went to the Asian Games with the objective of winning. We ended up losing to Iran in the final, but the players showed me a lot of love and respect.” He said.


Kabaddi is no more the sport Kumar used to play. It shifted from the excellent clay ground where he played to taped as well as nicely padded mats. Yet, up until the introduction of PKL, the sporting activity was a wonder in the hinterland. When Kumar played, Kabaddi has actually come a lengthy method considering that the days. The captain from the 1990’s made India’s dominance in the sport begin here. Even today, it remains a game changer.