India beat arch-rivals Iran to defend Kabaddi World Cup title, which they had won in 2007 against the same opponent. India, who had qualified for the final beating Thailand by 73-20, edged past Iran by a 38-29 margin. India trailed 13-18 at the half way mark but came back strong in the second half of the game. Ajay Thakur, who was India’s key raider throughout the tournament, didn’t disappoint in the final as he finished as the top scorer of the game with 12 raid points. However, Anup Kumar side was tested hard by Iran’s captain Meraj Sheykh, Abolfazl Maghsoudlou and defender Fazel Atrachali. India equalised the score to 20-20 in the 29th minute and shifted their gears from there on, not letting the Iranians take easy points.
Congratulations to Indian team for winning the Kabaddi World Cup. The team showed exceptional skills, grit & determination. Well done!
Congratulations to the Indian Kabaddi team on winning the World Cup. This remarkable victory scripts a new chapter in India’s sports history
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Kabaddi…kabaddi…kabaddi. We are home. Congratulations India. Third title on the trot! Well done Anup, Ajay & the whole team. Champions!
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Congratulations Indian Kabbadi team on winning world cup. Everyone of you played like a true champ. Proud. #INDvIRN
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Thakur, who changed the complexion in the second half, was helped by some resolute defending from the hosts.