India vs Pakistan Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 Highlights: India vs Pakistan in sports never fails to disappoint. Friday was no exception as India played Pakistan in Kabaddi Masters 2018 in Dubai and demolished their arch-rivals 36-20 in the opening game of the tournament. Ajay Thakur was the hero of the match and he single-handedly won the game for India. The start makes India the favourites to win the tournament in Dubai.
India vs Pakistan Kabaddi Masters 2018 Highlights: IND vs PAK Kabaddi Match as it happened
India will start firm favourites when they lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening game of the inaugural six-nation 'Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018'. The tournament will provide an excellent opportunity for Asian countries India, Pakistan, Iran and Korea to get battle-ready for the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, starting August 18.
India are the defending champions and have won gold in every edition of the tournament since the sport was inducted in the main roster in the 1990 Asiad. "Asian Games will once again have Iran, Pakistan, and Korea among other teams and this tournament will be like a semi-final. It will be a good opportunity for preparation," India coach Srinivas Reddy said.
India are clubbed with Pakistan and newcomers Kenya in group A, while group B features Iran, Republic of Korea and Argentina with top two teams making the semifinals. 'Flying raider' Ajay Thakur will lead India's challenge after returning at the helm at the expense of longstanding captain Anup Kumar.
Under Thakur, India beat Pakistan in successive matches en route to clinch the Asian Championship in Iran a year ago. Besides Thakur, the Indian team also has quality raiders in Rahul Chaudhari, Pardeep Narwal, Rohit Kumar, Rishank Devadiga and Monu Goyat in their ranks.