Since then, Kabaddi players’ stakes are very high, and now they are recognized as stars. We are here to know about one such star of the game, Ajay Thakur Biography.
Ajay Thakur was born on 1st May of 1986 in Dabhota Village of Nalagarh district of Himachal Pradesh. He was very lean and thin in childhood.
From the beginning, he was dedicated to sports. He once ran away from home to play in a Kabaddi tournament at the age of 10.
His primary education was from his hometown, and he, later on, graduated from his hometown itself from a Government Post Graduate College.
Ajay Thakur hails from a middle-class family. His father, Chottu Ram, is a former Kabaddi player and coach, while his mother, Rajinder Kaur, is a housewife.
Ajay’s family has been very supportive from the very beginning of his career. He was inspired by one of his cousins, Rakesh, who represented India in International Kabaddi.
Ajay got married to Sandeep Rana on 10th April 2019.
Thakur started playing kabaddi at a very tender age, but his national team call came when he was 19 years old. He has played for several teams since then, but the year 2014 changed everything for him.
He was a vital team member of the Incheon Asian games Gold winning team and was also named the Himachali of the year’14.
In 2014, he was one of the top raiders in the Pro Kabaddi League. His career after that is a straight line with a positive slope.
He later leads Bengaluru Bulls and Tamil Thalaivas in different editions of PKL. He was captain of the Indian Team that won the Asian Kabaddi Championship 2017.
Pro Kabaddi League Debut
Ajay started his PKL career with leading Bengaluru Bulls in the first season to Tamil Thalaivas in the last season concluded.
He is considered as one of the top raiders of all time; with his 1.85m height and frisk moves, he is one of the deadliest opponents to face.
Ajay captained Bengaluru Bulls from season 1 and later on moved to Tamil Thalaivas in season 5 and continued to be the captain of Thalaivas till the last season.
His performance across the seasons has been pretty much consistent regardless of several ups and downs in his life.
Thakur has been part of many International tournaments; he was an integral part of the Incheon Asian Games winning team. He was also the captain of the 2017 Asian Kabaddi Championship winning team.
He was named the No. 1 raider of Kabaddi World Cup 2016 with 68 points against his name. From being the ‘Man of The Tournament’ to the savior of the Indian Team in the final minutes of the Kabaddi Final, he has given a lot to Indian Kabaddi.
Ajay is very skillful in the raiding part; he is famous for “Frog Jump,” where he splits his legs wide in the air and gets past players without their recognition. He is known as “Flying Thakur” for his sublime moves and tricks. His style and action have made him the do-or-die expert.
Achievements (Awards and Honour)
Ajay is a Padma Shree and Arjun awardee, the best a sportsperson can have!
Rest is the sports award list:
- Gold Medal: Asian Indoor Kabaddi Games (Incheon), 2007
- Gold Medal: Asian Martial Arts and Indoor Games, 2013
- Gold Medal: Asian Games (Incheon), 2014
- Gold Medal: Kabaddi World Cup, 2016 Ahmedabad
- Gold: Asian Kabaddi Championship, 2017
- Bronze: Asian Games, 2018 Indonesia
Ajay is not much involved in Social Media. His social media handles are mentioned below;
Ajay Thakur has been one of the most prominent Raiders and Leader of Indian Kabaddi so far, regardless of the hardships he faced along with this journey. His heroics of the World Cup, his captaincy in PKL and Asian Games, his spectacular moves; have been a delight to watch. Being a family man, Ajay has always been supported by his family in hard times. His optimism and perseverance are excellent examples of how success can be achieved while being rooted in the earth. We wish him a great journey ahead.