India beat Iran 38-29 to win Kabaddi World Cup

India beat Iran 38-29 to win Kabaddi World Cup ... 23/10/2016 Sports

Keywords:#Asian_Games, #India, #Iran, #Irani, #Iranian, #Korea, #Mumbai, #Republic_of_Korea, #Saturday,, #World_Cup

Ajay Thakur masterminded a memorable triumph against a spirited Iran with a terrific exhibition of raiding in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup final at the Arena by TransStadia here on Saturday.
Indian players trying to hold Irani player during final match of ''Kabaddi World Cup 2016'' in Ahmedabad. (PTI)

* * * Outwitted in the first half by rival skipper Meraj Sheykh’s versatile display — he fetched points by kicking with his right leg and stretching his right hand at the opponent — and down 13-18 at half time, India took charge of the final in the second half with Thakur’s sleek raiding skills earning super raid points. Once Thakur won a hand-touch point against Sheykh, India look the lead for the second time in the match and then proceeded to dominate and win 38-29.
Pardeep Narwal, who was India’s second most successful raider in the league stage, was off colour, but substitute Nitin Tomar rose to the occasion, winning super raid points that sent out Sheykh and Fazel Atrachali at a critical juncture.

Indian players successfully got 2 points for a “Super Tackle'' against Iran during the final match of Kabaddi World Cup 2016 in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

* * * Eventually Surjeet’s leg-lock on Sheykh reflected India’s control of the match against an opponent that depended largely on Sheykh and Atrachali, both ProKabaddi League professionals.
It was a third clash between India and Iran in a World Cup final — the previous two were held in 2004 and 2007 in Mumbai, and on both occasions, India triumphed.
With the third World Cup being staged after four editions of the ProKabaddi League, there was a lot of hype and hoopla around the event and there was immense pressure on Anup Kumar’s team to win the title a third time.
His team lost the opening league match to Republic of Korea, but hit back strongly in the remaining league matches and showed remarkable composure to turn the tide against Iran in the title match.
Earlier Sheykh did the star turn demonstrating his cunning manoeuvres as a raider. Thanks to the five raid points Sheykh won in the first half, including a super raid execution, Iran led 18-13 at half time.
India took the field with Anup Kumar, Manjit Chillar, Thakur, Pardeep Narwal, Sandeep Narwal, Surjeet and Surender Nada. After two empty raids from either side, Sandeep Narwal won the home side the first point with a hand touch.
Thakur made it 2-0, but very soon Iran showed its class by cleverly playing lobby to earn two bonus points and also a raid point when Meraj won a team review for a hand touch on Sandeep Narwal.
Returning to action Sandeep Narwal won the first tackle point for India, but soon the Iranian skipper’s electrifying display took centre-stage as he put his side ahead by six points at the interval. Fazel Atrachali excelled in defence and four other players earned tackle points.
But eventually India showed its wherewithal in a sport it has dominated since the 1990 Asian Games.
The result: India 38 (Ajay Thakur 12, Nitin Tomar 6) bt Iran 29 (Meraj Sheykh 7).
--- ---

Read more from Source »

Related articles based on keyword density
Centre for teaching Persian language starts in Muscat ... 27/04/2014 Culture
by Elham Pourmohammadi | April 27, 2014 Muscat: In a significant step to strengthen cultural ties between Iran and Oman, a centre for teaching ...View Details»

Iran freestyle wrestlers stand 1st in Asian Games ... 15/05/2017 Sports
*** This photo shows members of the Iranian men's national freestyle wrestling team during the Asian Senior Wrestling Championships in New Delhi, Indi...View Details»

'Zouuu zouuu': Iran out to reclaim ancient sport of kabaddi in Asian G... 21/08/2018 Sports
21 Aug 2018 05:54PM (Updated: 21 Aug 2018 06:00PM) JAKARTA: Kabaddi fans gasped when seven-time men's champions India - whose country is widely seen a...View Details»

Govt allows Iranian oil firm to buy office in Mumbai ... 08/05/2016 Economy
Iran has also sought permission for three of its banks to open branches in India. New Delhi, May 8: Keen on strengthening ties with Iran, the govern...View Details»

Two Iranians Among Top 10 Asian Soccer players of 2013 - ESPN ... 31/12/2013 Sports
Posted by John Duerden Now that 2013 is drawing to a close, it is time to select Asia's top 10 performers of the year. 10. Reza Ghoochannejhad (Iran...View Details»