The biggest kabaddi extravaganza with the representation from all the five Olympic geographies, Kabaddi World Cup 2016 kicked off last week on 7 th of October at The Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. And the Indian Kabaddi team which has won the previous two editions of the tournament is at the hat-trick of the title this year! 12 countries, divided into two groups are competing for the coveted title this year.

With a squad that boasts of a strong playing 7 along with an equally talented bench strength, the home team coached by Balwant Singh and captained by Arjuna awardeeAnup Kumar seems quite a formidable force going into the tournament. India has enteredthe tournament as a hot favorites, the only team which has never lost the World Cup, heldtwo times prior to this one. With everything going for it, from the stats to the history and thebest possible squad to take on the eleven opposing teams at the World Cup, India is aforce to reckon with, in this edition of Kabaddi World Cup!

India’s Kabaddi World Cup 2016 campaign didn’t get off to an ideal start as they were stunned by Korea 34-32 in the first match of the competition, but the team quickly regained their lost momentum in the second match itself, when they defeated the formidable Australians with a commanding display on the mat. India brushed aside their day one blues by crushing, the mighty Australians by 54-20 in their second kabaddi game of the tournament. India completely dominated the game right from the word go. Just after three minutes of the game, Australia were already down to 3 men, courtesy some brilliant defending by the Indians. Such was the dominance of India in the game that all Australia could score were bonus points in the first half. The players who proved to be the match winners for India were Pardeep Narwal, Manjeet Chhillar Kuldeep Singh and Deepak Niwas Hooda.

After the initial jolt, India is back to winning ways. With this win, the giants of the Sport now jumped ahead of Bangladesh in the points table and moved to the top. India will now take on Bangladesh on Tuesday, 10 th of October! To advance to the semis, the Indian team needs to win all their remaining three group matches. The form which the team displayed in their match against Australia was simply superb! Now that the men in blue have bounced back in style, they would let the momentum go out!

Summary: After an emphatic win in their second group match against Australia, India is back in their winning ways! Next up in their campaign is team Bangladesh, with whom they will lock horns on Tuesday, 10 th of October at The Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad.

Written By: Mansi Gupta | Post Date: 10 October 2016

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