India stage second half heroics to win third Kabaddi World Cup

India had previously beaten Iran in the 2010 and 2004 World Cup finals

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 22, 2016 9:35 pm
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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.

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  1. A
    Oct 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm
    Congrats boys.
    1. kris kumar
      Oct 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm
      Keep s out of India. Good win by India but Iranian gave them tough India and got closer to beating Indian. Congratulation to India for the win and appreciation to the Iranian for giving a really hard time to India. s have never won and India saved them from shame by just keeping them out of India. Unfortunately it is the people of Pak who are the victims of Pak army/ISI and Pak government evil and misguided policies towards India. It is time Pak people stood up against their own army and government for their continuous support to terrorism against India.
      1. M
        Oct 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm
        congrats Indian Kabaddi team to lift the World Cup.
        1. P
          pradyumna samal
          Oct 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm
          Best wishes Indian kabbadi team for winning world cup 2016
          1. J
            John Sutton
            Oct 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm
            Seems India pulled it off with deft exclusion of stan.
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