Then and now… Super-hit player, Super-hit Coach !
5. Sanjeev Baliyan (Patna Pirates) – Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan is known as the captain of the Indian team that won the first Kabaddi World Cup. As a player, he made his debut for the Indian Police in the 42nd Senior National Kabaddi Championship in 1994. Soon he started playing from the railways. Playing for the Railways, he led his team to gold medals in 1998 and 2001. From India, he played in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games and the 1999 South Asian Games. He successfully led India to the inaugural Kabaddi World Cup in 2004 in Mumbai. In the final match against Iran, he scored 17 points in 16 raids. He was honored by the Government of India with the Arjuna Award in 2003 for his outstanding achievements in the field of Kabaddi. As a player from Railways, he won the best player award five times.
After retirement, he also worked as a railway coach. Under his guidance, the Railways won gold medals in the 66th Senior National Kabaddi Championships held last year and the 67th Senior National Kabaddi Championships this year. As a coach in the third season of Pro Kabaddi, he led the Patna Pirates to the title. Last year, U Mumbai appointed him as their coach.