India triumphed in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup for a third straight time as they staged a remarkable fightback to overcome Iran 38-29 in the title clash, maintaining their dominance in the sport. This is the third consecutive time that Iran has lost to India in a World Cup finals.
India's Sports Minister Vijay Goel and International Kabaddi Federation president Janardan Singh Gehlot share a moment as Team India celebrate their triumph in Kabaddi World Cup 2016.
India's star raider Ajay Thakur celebrates their 39-28 win over Iran in the final. Ajay Thakur was India's star performer as he finished with 12 raid points.
Indian team players celebrate their title win as they lift their captain Anup Kumar. Anup had said that he would retire from International Kabaddi after the end of World Cup.
India defeated Iran for the eighth time in the finals - third World Cup, 5 Asian Games. Coach Balwan Singh has led the team since 2002. Singh started his coaching assignment in 1996 and is going strong having helped India win several medals at international events.
Rahul Chaudhari, Nitin Tomar, Surender Nada and other team members celebrate their title win as they dance in enjoyment.
Iran fought bravely and took the lead going into the first half break at 18-13, but Thakur changed the complexion in the second half and he was helped by some resolute defending from the hosts.
Iran enjoyed a stronger start and dominated the first half. But the Indians showed superb fighting spirit and aggression to pull off the win.