Deepak Niwas Hooda with gold medal

Deepak Niwas Hooda: Kabaddi, Family & Net Worth

Deepak Niwas Hooda is a professional Indian kabaddi player who is famous as Dubki King.

The all-rounder player made his debut in the national team at the 2016 South Asian Games, where his team won a gold medal.

Deepak Niwas Hooda
Deepak Niwas Hooda during a match

Hooda has played kabaddi for several clubs that include Telugu Titans, Puneri Paltan and currently playing for Jaipur Pink Panthers.

In this article, we have mentioned all you need to know about the all-rounder player, Deepak Niwas Hooda.

Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about Hooda:

Full Name Deepak Ram Niwas Hooda
Nick Name Deepu, Dubki King
Date of Birth 10 June 1994
Birth Place Chamaria, Rohtak District, Haryana
Home Country India
Residence Haryana, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Race/ Ethnicity N/A
Horoscope Gemini
Father’s Name Ram Niwas
Mother’s Name N/A
Siblings N/A
Age 29 Years Old
Height 5 feet 9 inches
Weight 80 kg (176.37 lbs)
Eye Color Black
Hair color Black
Hobbies Traveling, Hanging Out
Body Measurements Chest- 42 inches
Waist- 32 inches
Biceps- 14 inches
Brand Endorsement N/A
School N/A
College N/A
Educational Qualification 12th grade
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried
Wife N/A
Children N/A
Profession Kabaddi player
Sport Kabaddi
Team Indian National Team
Position All-rounder
Debut Senior National level tournament, 2014
National Team Debut South Asian Games, 2016
Club Telugu Titans (Season 1,2)
Puneri Paltan (Season 3,4,5)
Jaipur Pink Panthers (Season 6,7)
League Pro Kabaddi League
Jersey Number 5 (Jaipur Pink Panthers)
8 (Puneri Paltan)
Signature Move Running Hand Touch
Stats Total Matches Played: 153
Total Raids: 2152
Raid Points: 1042
Coach N/A
Years active 2014- present
Awards Arjuna Award
Net Worth INR 10-15 crores
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Kabaddi Game Real Kabaddi Fighting: New Sports Game
Last Update April, 2024

Early Life and Personal Life

Deepak Ram Niwas Hooda was born on 10 June 1994 in Chamaria town in Rohtak, Haryana.

His father’s name is Ram Niwas, but the name of his mother is unknown.

Hooda was just four years infant when he lost his mom in 1998; his father and sister raised him.

Moreover, the player was a teenager when he had to bear another pain of the sudden demise of his father in 2013.

Hooda is living a happy and prosperous life with his family in Rohtak, Haryana, India.

The kabaddi player has not tied the knot with anyone to this date.

Hooda with Saweety Bora
Hooda with Saweety Boora

However, there are rumors that the athlete might be in a relationship with Saweety Boora, an Indian Boxer, as they have been spotted together a few times by the paparazzi.

The assumed rumor is considered true as the player got a hand tattoo for his girlfriend.

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Deepak Niwas Hooda: Education

The player is well educated. However, the name of schools and colleges the player attained is not disclosed yet.

Unfortunately, Hooda couldn’t continue his study as his father died when he was in 12th class.

Because of financial issues, the athlete left his studies and started working as a part-time teacher to meet his financial needs.

Later, he pursued his graduation but again left his studies to pursue a career in kabaddi.

Age, Height, Weight, and Body Measurements

Deepak Hooda celebrates his birthday on 10 June every year. As of 2024, he turned 29 Years Old.

The player stands 5 feet 9 inches or 1.75 m tall and weighs about 80 kg or 176.37 lbs.

Hooda is a fitness freak and has always maintained his athletic physique.

The player has body measurements; chest- 42 inches, waist- 32 inches, and biceps- 14 inches.

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Deepak Niwas Hooda: Career

Deepak Niwas Hooda is a professional Kabaddi player who started playing Kabaddi in his village in 2009.

Hooda played his debut match at the Senior National level tournament as a part of the Haryana team in Patna in 2014.

The player was a gold medalist during his debut match.

Pro Kabaddi League

The player has been featured in all the seasons of the Pro Kabaddi League.

Overall, he has played 123 matches and has scored 1765 raid points and 87 tackle points.

Hooda has been part of several clubs in his entire PKL season.

Telugu Titans

The all-rounder Hooda played season 1 and season 2 of the Pro Kabaddi League in 2014 for Telugu Titans.

In season 1, the player scored 89 points with 148 raid points and 2 tackle points in 14 matches.

While in season 2, he earned 96 points with 153 raid points and 36 tackle points in 15 matches.

Puneri Paltan

After remaining part of Titans for the first two seasons, Hooda joined Puneri Paltan in 2016.

The player played three seasons of the Pro Kabaddi League for Paltan.

Similarly, in season 3, the player played 12 matches where he scored 157 raid points with 7 tackle points.

Similarly, Hooda played 16 matches in season 4, scoring 277 raid points with 4 tackle points.

Hooda in Pro Kabaddi League season 4
Hooda in Pro Kabaddi League season 4

And in season 5, he scored 186 points with 360 raid points and 14 tackle points in 24 matches.

Moreover, Hooda had the most do-or-die raid points in the PKL 5 season.

With the Puneri Paltan, Hooda won the Pro Kabaddi League title.

Deepak Niwas Hooda: Jaipur Pink Panthers

Jaipur Pink Panthers signed the player after three seasons with Puneri Paltan.

Hooda played season 6 and season 7 for Pink Panthers.

Similarly, in season 6, the player played 22 matches where he scored 208 points with 366 raid points and 12 tackle points.

The player had 10 Super 10s and even a High 5 to his name in season 6.

In the last season of the Pro Kabaddi League, Dubki King played 20 matches where he scored 158 points with 304 raid points and 12 tackle points.

The Dubki King was the most successful all-rounder in season 6 and season 7.

2016 Kabaddi World Cup

Deepak Hooda was part of the national team in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup held in Ahmedabad, where the team bagged a gold medal for India.

Deepak Niwas Hooda: International Career

The Dubki King has played several international level tournaments as a part of the national team.

Hooda made his debut in the national team at the 2016 South Asian Games, where the team bagged the gold medal for India.

Hooda with Indian flag after winning 2019 South Asian Games in Kathmandu
Hooda with Indian flag after winning 2019 South Asian Games in Kathmandu

Deepak Hooda was added to the Asian Games Squad in 2018, but the team was forced to settle for bronze.

Similarly, the all-rounder player has played for India with his team in Asian Kabaddi Championship and Dubai Kabaddi Masters.


Within a short period of time, Hooda has achieved great success in Kabaddi.

The athlete had wrapped gold medals in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup and 2017 Asian Kabaddi Championship held in Gorgan.

And he had also won a gold medal at the 2018 Dubai Kabaddi Masters in Dubai.

Indian Kabaddi team in Dubai kabaddi Masters
Indian Kabaddi team in Dubai Kabaddi Masters

Similarly, Hooda and his team won two gold medals in the 2016 and 2019 South Asian Games held in Guwahati and Kathmandu.

However, Hooda settled for bronze in the 2018 Asian Kabaddi Championship held in Jakarta.


The government of India announced the national sporting honors in 2020. In this honorary, three awards went to Kabaddi’s way.

Among three awardees, Deepak Niwas Hooda was honored with the Arjuna Award after leading the Indian team in the 2019 South Asian Games held in Kathmandu.

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Playing Style

Deepak Niwas Hooda is an all-rounder player. Apart from his position as an all-rounder, he is an excellent raider.

In an interview, Deepak said he liked to raid rather than defend.

Deepak Niwas Hooda: Signature Move

The signature move of Dubki King is Running Hand Touch.

In this move, the raider rushes towards a defender with a sudden increase in pace and extends the entire body for a quick touch with the hand before escaping to safety.

Deepak Niwas Hooda: Nicknames

For his outstanding and unique playing style, Deepak Hooda is nicknamed the “Dubki King.”

Moreover, Hooda is also being called Deepu by his loved ones.


Deepak Niwas Hooda is free of any controversies to date.

However, captain Hooda once said that a controversial TV review led to Puneri Palatan’s loss against Patna Pirates.

Deepak Niwas Hooda: Charity

Current Indian Kabaddi team captain Deepak has initiated the Deepak Niwas Hooda foundation in Rohtak, Haryana.

This foundation aims to promote kabaddi in Haryana and is coached by Dinesh.

Deepak Hooda was featured in an interview on the Sports Tiger’s Show ‘Building Bridge.’

During his interview, the player praised the Indian government’s decision to resume sporting competitions as PKL season 8 remained postponed due to the pandemic.

Net Worth and Salary

Deepak Hooda is one of the best-paid kabaddi players.

“The estimated net worth of Deepak Hooda is Rs. 10- 15 crore.”

Within a short period of time, the athlete has successfully earned handsome money.

At the auction of the inaugural season of Pro Kabaddi League in 2014, Deepak Hooda received Rs. 12.65 lakh from Telugu Titans, which made him the second-highest bid recipient of the season.

Further, the player received Rs. 1.15 crore for PKL season 6 from Jaipur Pink Panthers.

Deepak Niwas Hooda: Social Media

29 Years Old kabaddi hunk is quite popular on social media platforms.

You can follow Deepak Hooda on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

The player has 308K followers on Instagram, 549K followers on Facebook, and 47K followers on Twitter.


How did Hooda start playing Kabaddi?

Deepak Hooda started playing kabaddi after he dropped his schooling due to financial issues. The player used to earn as a part-time teacher and played kabaddi in the evening.

Has Deepak Hooda ever been handed captaincy?

Hooda was handed the captaincy baton for the 2019 South Asian Games and successfully led the team to a gold medal victory.

What has inspired Hooda to get to the top?

Deepak has always considered his problems his inspiration and has worked harder to overcome the problems.

When did Deepak Niwas Hooda born?

Deepak Niwas Hooda was born on June 10, 1994.

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