India suffer shock defeat against Korea in Kabaddi World Cup

India were in the lead for most of the contest but Korea managed to reduce India's lead to three points at the fag end of the match.

By: PTI | Ahmedabad | Published:October 7, 2016 11:20 pm
Kabaddi World Cup-2016 South Korea came back strongly at the death to clinch a thrilling win over favourites India. (Source: PTI)

Seven-time champions India failed to make a positive start to their campaign as they were stunned 31-34 by South Korea in the opening match of the Kabaddi World Cup.

It was an extraordinary effort by Korea, who came back strongly at the death to clinch a thrilling win over favourites India.

India were in the lead for most of the contest but Korea managed to reduce India’s lead to three points with little over three minutes on the clock at the fag end of the match.

Indian captain Anup Kumar said: “Our raiders weren’t at their best today, we also made some mistakes at the end and that’s why we lost. But nothing’s lost yet. We will get back and correct our mistakes.”

India were 18-13 ahead at the half time but Korea were giving them a real run for their money. Anup Kumar lead from the front and has been in top form but his fellow raiders Jasvir Singh and Rahul Chaudhari could not get going. Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Manjeet Chhillar had a good half.

In the second half, Korea reduced the deficit to just three points at 15-18 but two superb ankle holds from Manjeet put India 22-15 ahead. Not ready to give up, Koera, however, slowly and steadily made it 19-24 and then 26-29 before leveling at 31-31.

Deepak Hooda was then outnumbered by Korea, who went into the lead at 33-31, courtesy Super raid by Jan Kun Lee.

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    babar
    Oct 8, 2016 at 2:58 am
    Poor World cup without the major kabaddi team stan. Korea thrashed India and shown there true aukaat.
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    Amit Bhattacharjie
    Oct 7, 2016 at 6:02 pm
    Lo ji. Now we have also been beaten in Kabbaddi. We only talk. We are good only in this department. When it comes to action, we are like a ballon, one prick away.
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    amardeep bhatnagar
    Oct 8, 2016 at 10:43 am
    IT WAS OVER CONFIDENCE and CAPTAIN COOL BECAME TOO DEFENSIVE IN CLOSING MOMENTS.lt;br/gt;MOHIT IS AT HIS BEST ONLY WHEN SURINDER LARA IS THERE.lt;br/gt;ROHIT KUMAR SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE INSTEAD OF JASVIR SINGH.lt;br/gt;ANY WAY. HOPE INDIA WILL COME BACK
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    lafanga
    Oct 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm
    Now this must be embarring. Losing a kabaddi match against Korea LOL.
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    jugnu Singh
    Oct 7, 2016 at 8:15 pm
    Well this at least makes the world cup so very interesting...I had thought India will have a walkover of sorts.
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    Ashok Mazumdar
    Oct 8, 2016 at 12:15 am
    The W Country Is Flying in the Air. Open TV, see Leaders Selling Gas Filled Balloons, with No Helium Gas, which can Float for 10 minutes. On the Spot Gas Balloons gets busted. Shame on Indian Very Own Sport.
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