Pradeep Narwal, an Indian professional Kabaddi player, embarked on his Kabaddi journey with renowned Kabaddi teams such as Bengaluru Bulls, Patna Pirates, and UP Yoddha in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL).
Pradeep Narwal, popularly known as the Dubki King and Record Breaker , was born on Sunday, February 16, 1997 (age 26 years old; as of 2023), in Rindhana village, Sonipat district, Haryana, India. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. Pradeep Narwal received his education at Local School Rindhana, Sonipat. Despite his father’s desire for him to prioritize academics, Pradeep discovered his passion for Kabaddi at the age of six when he was selected for his school’s U-11 Kabaddi team.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 80 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 42″; Waist: 32″; Biceps: 14″
Parents & Siblings
Pardeep’s father is Dharmbir Narwal, who is a farmer, and his mother’s name is Birmati Devi.
Wife & Children
Pardeep got married to Swati Beniwal on 19 November 2019 and the couple has a child together named Garvit Narwal (b. June 2021.)
Pradeep Narwal follows Hinduism.
Pradeep Narwal’s Kabaddi journey began in a local contest held in the Sonipat district. Under the guidance of his coach, Ram Mehar Singh, he honed his skills while representing the Air Force team in a National Championship, which ultimately led to their victory.
In the second season of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League, Pradeep made his debut playing for Bengaluru Bulls.
Pro Kabaddi League
In the Pro Kabaddi League, Pradeep initially played for Bengaluru Bulls in season 2. He then moved to the Patna Pirates in season 3, where he made an impressive mark by scoring 121 raid points in 16 matches, contributing significantly to his team’s first PKL title. Remaining with the Patna Pirates for subsequent seasons, Pradeep showcased his brilliance in season 4, accumulating 133 points and leading his team to their second PKL championship. In season 5, Pradeep Narwal etched his name in PKL history by amassing a record-breaking 369 raid points, the highest in the league’s history. His remarkable performance played a crucial role in guiding his team to their third consecutive championship, where he contributed 19 points in the finals.
In Season 6, Narwal displayed exceptional performance by securing a Super 10 in each of his team’s initial three matches. However, his streak was interrupted when facing the Telugu Titans. This season proved to be captivating for Narwal as he engaged in a fierce competition with other raiders for the highest Raid Points, ultimately finishing in second place with 222 raid points. Siddharth Desai secured the third position with 214 points, while Pawan Sehrawat claimed the top spot with 262 points. Season 7 witnessed a historic milestone for Narwal as he became the first player in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League to surpass the 1000-point mark. His remarkable achievement solidified his position as one of the league’s most prolific scorers. In Season 8, UP Yoddha acquired Narwal for a whopping amount of Rs. 1.65 crores (INR), establishing him as the most expensive player ever to be acquired in the league. Presently, Narwal continues to contribute his skills and talent as a member of the UP Yoddha team.
Pardeep Narwal has been a consistent member of the Indian kabaddi team since 2016 and has achieved remarkable success, securing gold medals in three out of the four tournaments he has participated in.
Substituting the player in Season 9
In Pro Kabaddi League PKL Season 9, Pardeep came to light when he was substituted in the last 4 minutes of the game against Telugu Titans by coach Jasveer Singh. The decision to substitute Pardeep Narwal, who was on the verge of completing his Super 10, left experts dissatisfied. Mohit Chhillar expressed his disagreement with the coach’s choice, stating, “It was a misguided decision made at a critical moment. I fail to understand why the coach did not allow him to finish his Super 10. I strongly oppose this decision.” However, later in an interview with Zee News English, Narwal expressed his opinion that the coach has the authority to make such a decision, and it was made to provide other players with sufficient opportunities. He acknowledged the coach’s perspective and emphasized the importance of ensuring fair chances for everyone on the team.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Most valuable player of PKL- Season 4, Season 5.
- Three consequent PKL Titles between 2016-2017.
- Best Raider Award – 2018
- Most Points in a single season (PKL) -369
- Highest points in a game as a raider (PKL) – 34
- First PKL player to eclipse the score of 1000 points.
- Kabaddi World Cup 2016 (Ahmedabad, India) – Gold Medal
- Asian Kabaddi Championship 2017 (Gorgan) – Gold Medal
- South Asian Games 2019 (Kathmandu) – Gold Medal
- 2018 Asian Games (Jakarta) – Bronze Medal
- 2018 Dubai Kabaddi Masters (Dubai) – Gold Medal
He has a Hyundai Creta SX+
Pardeep Narwal was offered Rs. 1.65 Crores by UP Yoddhas in 2021.
- At the age of twelve, he became a part of the Haryana Kabaddi Academy, where his coach Naresh Narwal taught him the fundamental skills of Kabaddi to him. Among the various techniques he learned, the Dubki move stood out, becoming his specialty. It was through this move that he earned the moniker ‘Dubki King’. The Dubki move involves swiftly diving with his head down, evading his opponents’ grasp, and successfully reaching his team’s side, securing raid points in the process.
- Pardeep became the youngest player at the age of 19 when he took part in the Indian team at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.
- Pardeep Narwal’s jersey number is 9.
- He is coached by one of the most prominent coaches in Kabaddi like Ram Mehar Singh, Naresh Narwal, and Jasveer Singh.
- The raider made history at the player auctions when UP Yoddha offered him Rs 1.65 crore to play in the team. This eventually made him the league’s most expensive player.
- In an interview, Pardeep revealed that if he would not have been a Kabaddi player, he would have been a farmer.
- Pardeep was featured in the advertisement for Vision 11, a fantasy sports app in 2021. He is also a brand ambassador for Rummy Culture, Protein Basket, Olymp Trade, Yuva series, and Bal Tejas.
- To keep himself fit, Pardeep likes to go to the gym to work on his strength and endurance.