Sushil Kumar was born in a Hindu Jat family of Baprola village,near Najafgarh in South West Delhi. His father, Diwan Singh,was a DTC bus driver, while his mother, Kamla Devi, is a housewife. He was inspired to take up wrestling by his cousin Sandeep and his father, who wrestled himself. Sandeep later stopped competing as the family could only support one wrestler. Kumar trained at the akhada (wrestling school) in the Chhatrasal Stadium from the age of 14. With minimal funds and poor training facilities for wrestling in India, even for the 2008 Olympic team, his family made sure he obtained the necessary dietary supplements by sending him tinned milk, ghee and vegetables. He is a devoted Hindu and strict vegetarian. Kumar is presently employed with the Indian Railways as an assistant commercial manager.
His first success came at the World Cadet Games in 1998 where he won the gold medal in his weight category, followed by a gold at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in 2000. Moving out of the junior competitions, in 2003 Kumar won the bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships and a gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships. Kumar placed fourth at the 2003 World Championships, but this went largely unnoticed by the Indian media as he fared badly in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, placing 14th in the 60 kg weight class. He won gold medals at the Commonwealth wrestling championships in 2005 and 2007. He placed seventh in the 2007 World Championships and won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming the first person to win two Olympic medals for independent India. Kumar was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2006 and a coveted Padma shree by the Indian Government in 2011.
Kumar endorses brands such as Mountain Dew, Eicher tractors, and the National Egg Coordination Committee which earns him ₹10 million (US$150,000) annually. He refused the offer of ₹5 million (US$74,000) to appear in a surrogate ad for a leading liquor brand.
Virender Sehwag is one of the big success stories in Indian cricket. Not because the Nawab of Najafgarh became the first Indian to score a triple hundred in Test cricket. Nor for his second triple century that he scored against South Africa in Chennai in 2008. It is simply because Sehwag is one of the few Indian middle-order batsmen to succeed as an opener in Test cricket â€” the other one being Ravi Shastri. That too for over a decade. cricket 2004 Virender Sehwag scored the first ever triple century by an Indian with 309 runs against Pakistan, earning the Man of the Match award and later, the Man of the Series award. The same year, he scored 155 against Australia in Chennai and 164 in the First Test of the series against South Africa and 88 in the second, claiming the Man of the Series award once again.
At the 2005 three-match Test series against Pakistan, Virender Sehwag scored a total of 544 runs at an average of 90.66, and he went on to cross 3000 runs becoming the fastest Indian to reach it in terms of innings played. For his performance in the earlier 12-months period, Virender Sehwag got selected in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team of the Year and also got nominated for the Test Player of the Year award. He captained the side in the third Test match of a series against Sri Lanka in the absence of Rahul Dravid, leading the team to victory.