A still from the 2006 Doha Asian Games match between India and Pakistan The rivalry between India and Pakistan has been prevalent everywhere – Politics, sports, entertainment, business etc - since the formation of Pakistan back in 1947. Sports, in particular, has seen both the countries at loggerheads and being two of the best teams in kabaddi, India and Pakistan have been involved in extremely intense matches throughout their history.
Kabaddi, India’s indigenous sport, has been the flavour of the town with the inception of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi. With the second season of the League creating waves post a magnificent kick-off, it is appropriate to re-visit certain facts on the game. The term “Kabaddi” by itself seems to have a strong etymological connect. It originates from the Tamil word, Kai-Pidi, which translates to “hold-hands”. Certain other
The Indian men’s kabaddi team has been the one to beat on the International circuit. They have won 7 consecutive Gold medals with the first Gold coming at 1990 Asian Games while the latest one coming at 2014 Asian Games. With the introduction of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League, it has given the players a much-needed platform to show their skills to the world. A lot of foreign stars from the world of kabaddi are too taking part in the to
Rakesh Kumar Cricket and its practitioners have ruled the roost when it comes to the glamour quotient of sportsmen in India, leading to the cliché of players of other sports quietly walking out of airports and going unnoticed as they board a cab back home holding many a championships aloft. India has been a world beater in kabaddi for years now, but the sport has struggled to grab the limelight it warrants. T
The victorious Indian kabaddi team after winning the 2014 Asian Games Kabaddi is a sport that originated in ancient India. It has been played in our country for hundreds of years. There is a mention of kabaddi even in the ancient Indian epic – the Mahabharata. There are various forms of kabaddi played in our country, like the Sanjeevani, the Amar, and the Punjabi. The game is also played in other countries and is known by different na
A still from the first season of the Pro Kabaddi League The 1936 Olympics or the Hitler Games, as they were known, is best remembered by us Indians for the heroics of our then unstoppable hockey team led by the famed Dhyan Chand. So bewildering were his skills, that the aforementioned dictator himself was left awe-struck and amazed by his artistry in the Olympic village, Berlin. Dhyanchand and his team wer
Rakesh Kumar in action during the PKL India’s national kabaddi team captain Rakesh Kumar led the Patna Pirates to a 3rd place finish at the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) in the first season. The man from Nizampur was the most expensive player at the auction ahead of season 1. His career has seen a steady rise ever since he made his debut. He was part of the victorious Indian World Cup winning squad in 2004 and the Asian Games in 2006.
Manjeet Chillar Manjeet Chillar is one of the most accomplished all-rounders in world kabaddi today. He was part of the Indian gold-winning Asian Games and Indoor Asian Games teams and established himself as a seasoned professional over the years. The Indian international is captain of the Bengaluru Bulls team and inspired his team to the knockout stages in the first season of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), where they finished 4th overal
Anup Kumar Anup Kumar – vice captain of the all-conquering Indian national kabaddi team is one of India’s finest kabaddi players ever. He captained Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchisee U Mumba in the inaugural season of the tournament. For his contribution to the sport of kabaddi, the 31-year old was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2012. His rise to the top was glittered with gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games.
They say ‘Records are meant to be broken’. Really? Some athletes set a benchmark so high that it takes more than an herculean effort to try and surpass it. These incredible sportsmen and women settled for nothing less than the first place on the podium and have left us applauding their great achievements. Let us take a look at some of these relatively unknown records set by these remarkable athletes.
Indian kabaddi team celebrates winning the gold medal by defeating Pakistan at 2006 Asian Games Kabaddi in our country has a glorious history. The game is widely believed to have originated in India about 40 centuries ago, albeit without any solid evidence of that. The purpose of this sport then was to act as a medium of self-protection and obviously, to better the individuals physically. Kabaddi is a celebrated sport in India, particularly at
As the year 2013 draws to a close, it is time to relive some of the best moments of the year 2013. India as such had some mixed results in the sporting arena – there were some major highs accompanied by some disappointing results along the way. The highs came in both team sports as well as some of the individual events Here’s a summary of the men and women who shone the brightest through the year in no particular order. And you can vote for w
As the year 2013 draws to a close, it is time to relive some of the best moments of the year 2013. Here is a list of the top performers for India in sport this year. Vote for who you think performed the best!
the World Champions!(men on the left and women on the right) While growing up in a little town of India, I didn’t get to see a lot of things. Things like malls, Coffee joints, McDonalds, big buildings, they were all reserved for my TV sets. My real world consisted of sights like watching kids playing Cricket, Badminton, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho on the streets and grounds. Kho-Kho needed a ground so it was just a school affair. Kabaddi for one was
The Indian men’s kabaddi team successfully defended their title at the 4th Kabaddi World Cup in a repeat of last year’s final as they beat Pakistan in Ludhiana. India beat their neighbours 48-39 at the Guru Nanak stadium in Ludhiana. The win means a fourth successive World Cup title for the Indian men’s team. As expected, the match turned out to be great entertainment for the public. The point lead changed almost after every raid with both