Rakesh Kumar (born 15 April 1982) is an Indian professional Kabaddi player who was born in a Hindu jat family. He was the vice-captain of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 2007 World Cup at Panvel, India. In 2011, in recognition of his achievements in the sport, he was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Government of India.Rakesh Kumar made his debut for the national team in 2003. In addition to winning medals at the national level, he was a part of the national team that won gold medals at the World Cups in 2004, 2007. With the team, he also won gold medals at the Asian Games in 2006 and 2010, 2014South Asian Games in 2006 and 2010,and the Asian Indoor Games in 2007, 2009 and 2013.