Which Indian-Origin Darts Players have played in the PDC?

When it comes to darts, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) is the pinnacle of the sport. We look at the Indian-origin darts players.

Kumar qualified for the PDC World Darts Championship

Indian-origin players have been making waves across various sports globally, and the world of darts is no exception.

The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), known for hosting some of the most prestigious darts tournaments worldwide, has seen a rising number of talented players with Indian heritage gracing its stage.

These players have not only brought diversity to the sport but have also showcased their skills at the highest level.

We delve into the Indian-origin darts players who have played in the PDC, exploring their contributions to the sport and the unique challenges they have faced along the way.

Nitin Kumar

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Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Nitin Kumar has carved a niche for himself in a sport that is still gaining traction in his home country.

Kumar’s journey in darts began in his youth, driven by a passion that set him apart from his peers.

Over the years, he honed his skills and developed a formidable presence on the oche, showcasing his talent in both national and international arenas.

Kumar’s breakthrough came when he qualified for the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship, making him one of the few Indian players to achieve this feat.

Although he lost to Jeffrey de Zwaan in the first round, Kumar’s participation brought significant attention to Indian darts and highlighted the potential for the sport in the region.

Kumar qualified for the PDC World Darts Championship another two times.

Beyond his achievements on the dartboard, Nitin Kumar is also known for his efforts to promote darts in India.

‘The Bengal Royal’ has been actively involved in mentoring young players and working with organisations to foster a greater interest in the sport.

Amit Gilitwala

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Amit Gilitwala was born in Gujarat but now calls Cardiff home.

He is the first Indian darts player to play at the PDC World Youth Championship.

In 2011, Gilitwala won the Indian Championship just a few months after he started playing darts, defeating Ankit Goenka in the final 4-3.

That same year, he took part in the WDF World Cup, competing in the youth competitions.

In the singles competition, he was eliminated in the group stage after two losses to Jake Jones and Max Hopp.

Similarly, in the mixed pairs competition, playing alongside Amita-Rani Ahir, they also faced elimination in the group stage.

In 2014, Gilitwala took part in the PDC Development Tour and qualified for the 2014 PDC World Youth Championship, where he lost to Jake Patchett 6-0 in the first round.

Later that year, he represented India at the 2014 PDC World Cup of Darts alongside Nitin Kumar. They faced Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts and Ronny Huybrechts in the first round but lost 5-0.

After a significant break from international competition, Gilitwala participated in the PDC Q-School in 2018, though he did not achieve success there.

In 2021, Amit was nominated by the Indian Darts Federation for the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship, marking his most significant achievement to date.

Despite losing to Steve West 3-0 in sets in the first round, his participation underscored his status as a leading figure in Indian darts.

Prakash Jiwa

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Known as ‘The Karnataka Express’, Prakash Jiwa has been playing under the PDC banner since 2008.

In 2010, he qualified for the UK Open as an amateur but lost in the first round to Simon Cunningham 6-4.

After taking part in the PDC Qualifying School in 2011, he earned a Tour Card to compete on the PDC Circuit full-time.

In 2012, he reached the quarter-finals of two UK Open qualifiers to enter the tournament itself in the second round, where he lost 4-2 to Mark Barilli.

In 2013, Jiwa couldn’t advance beyond the last 32 in any tournament and lost 5–1 to Terry Temple in the second round of the UK Open.

He matched his best performance on the main PDC tour by reaching the quarter-finals in the final Players Championship of the year, which included a victory over Raymond van Barneveld. However, he lost 6-0 to Peter Wright in the last eight.

In 2015, Jiwa earned a new two-year tour card by finishing joint fifth on the Q School Order of Merit.

The only European Tour event he qualified for was the Dutch Darts Masters, where he lost 6-4 to John Henderson in the first round.

He regained his tour card for the third time in 2017.

Despite this, he struggled with form and earned only £500 in prize money for the season. He won £750 in the final qualifier for the 2018 PDC UK Open but lost in the first round.

In 2022, Jiwa began representing India and won the Indian qualifier for the World Championship, making his PDC World Championship debut at age 52 but he lost in the first round to Madars Razma.

Although Jiwa has made an impact in darts for South Asians, he was suspended by the Darts Regulation Authority amid an investigation into suspicious betting patterns in the Modus Super Series in November 2023.

Ashfaque Sayed

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When it comes to Indian-origin darts players, Ashfaque Sayed is a pioneer.

Having been a darts player since 2003, Sayed played in PDC events between 2008 and 2015.

Ashfaque Sayed’s first major tournament was the 2005 WDF World Cup, where he played against Brazilian Artur Valle.

He continued his international career by competing in the 2006 WDF Asia-Pacific Cup.

Sayed dominated the national scene, winning the India National Championships four times by 2007.

This success earned him the top spot in the Indian Order of Merit, qualifying him for the 2008 PDC World Darts Championship. However, he lost in the preliminary round 5-0 to China’s Shi Yongsheng.

Sayed’s qualification made him the first Indian to represent his country in the PDC World Cup, following India’s inclusion as a wild card entry along with three other countries.

In 2015, Sayed represented India again at the PDC World Cup of Darts in Frankfurt, Germany, partnering with Nitin Kumar.

They faced Germany in the first round and were eliminated after losing 5-0.

The journey of Indian-origin darts players in the PDC highlights the growing influence and reach of darts as a global sport.

Their participation in the PDC underscores the increasing diversity and inclusivity within the sport, reflecting its universal appeal.

While Indian-origin darts players may be scarce, the success of teenage sensation Luke Littler may inspire more youngsters to get into the sport.

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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