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India are world kabaddi champs

Team India played a tentative game in the first half but later picked up momentum to retain Kabaddi World cup with fine team work. Even though Indian supporters thought that there is going to be only one winner, Iran team played to a plan attacked from the very moment in the first half and took 18-13 lead in the half time. But Team India’s spirited reply under captain Anup Kumar’s calming presence in his face of mounting odds tilted the scales in India’s favour and what a better occasion to pick up momentum in the final with glittering trophy at stake. After two years of excruciating wait when they lost a last minute thriller to India, in the Asian Games final, Iran painfully swallowed their pride at the prospect of the wait getting extended. But the final was all about Ajay who scored 17 raid points and also about the solidity lent in defence by the watchful Surjeet and Sandeep Narwal. In all, it was total team work that saw the team achieving a substantial lead before the final whistle and made sure that the World Cup remained in India. The use of referrals by both the teams in the final ultimately revealed that correct decisions were handed out to finishing the fitting final in a fair note. Kudos to India.

Nickil Mani

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