Ahmedabad, Oct 22: India tonight (October 22) triumphed in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup for a 3rd straight time as they staged a remarkable fightback to overcome a tough Iran 38-29 in the title clash, maintaining their dominance in the sport.
This was India's third title triumph on the trot in a sport they have dominated for long. Incidentally, Iran tasted defeat to India in the last two World Cup finals and at the Asian Games.
Ajay Thakur was the star performer of the final, claiming 12 points. 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.
Speaking after the victory, Ajay declared, "India is always number one in kabaddi." He added, "This is the most wonderful moment of my career."
Congratulations to Indian team for winning the Kabaddi World Cup. The team showed exceptional skills, grit & determination. Well done!
Congratulations to Indian team for winning the Kabaddi World Cup. The team showed exceptional skills, grit & determination. Well done!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 22, 2016
India: Anup Kumar (captain), Ajay Thakur, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Jasvir Singh, Pardeep Narwal, Rahul Chaudhary, Dharamraj Cherathalan, Mohit Chhillar, Surender Nada, Surjeet Narwal, Kiran Parmar, Manjeet Chhillar, Sandeep Narwal, Nitin Tomar.
Iran: Meraj Sheykh (captain), Abolfazl Maghsoudlou Mahalli, Gholamabbas Korouki, Mohammadesmaeil Maghsoudloumahalli, Mohammadtaghi Paeinmahali, Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari, Abozar Mohajer Mighani, Fazel Atrachali, Hadi Tajik, Milad Sheibak, Soleiman Pahlevani, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, Saeid Ghaffari.
List of Kabaddi World Cup champions
2016 - India
2007 - India
2004 - India