India continued their winning run in the finals of major international kabaddi tournaments with a resounding second half display to beat 38-29 and lift the World Cup in Ahmedabad for a third time in a row after doing so in 2004 and 2007.
The win also continued India’s winning streak over another Asian powerhouse Iran who were the runners up in those World Cup finals and also finished second in the Asian Games in 2010 and 2014.
The Anup Kumar-led India side had started the tournament with a disappointing and shock loss to South Korea but bounced back with convincing wins in each contest since.
On Saturday, India were made to work hard by Iran with the hosts suffering with their raids in the first half. During this time, Iran’s skipper Meraj Sheykh was on the prowl to give his side an 18-13 lead at the break.
The second half saw India come back with Ajay Thakur scoring 12 points in total and inflict the most damage on the Iranians.
There was good support by Nitin Tomar from the bench as he scored six points – four touch and two bonus points which helped India inflict two all outs.
Post the 24th minute, India started to create bigger damage with better attack and strong defensive skills. In the subsequent eight minutes, India scored 12 points to Iran’s two.