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2016 Kabaddi World Cup: 5 foreign players who can shine

Vidhi Shah
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Meraj Sheykh will play a key role in Team Iran’s success

India's oldest sport, one that originated in the country is now gaining the attention and catching the fancy of sports fans across the globe. Most of the credit for this development should be attributed to the emergence of the Pro Kabaddi League, a platform where new heroes have risen in the form of sporting icons.

And now we have a new sporting extravaganza in the offing, the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup which will have 12 nations including India, USA, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Thailand, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan, Argentina, and Kenya locking horns against each other to be crowned world champions.

Experts all over have tipped the defending champions India to win what will be the third edition of the World Cup, having won it on both the previous occasions due to its superiority in terms of players, host nation and the very fact that Kabaddi is a homegrown sport.

But, one cannot definitely not underestimate the challenge from others nations like Iran, where the sport has seen tremendous progress with many of the national team players such as Meraj Sheykh, Fazel Atrachali featuring for the top teams in the Pro Kabaddi League. When it comes to India's Eastern neighbor, Bangladesh, kabaddi is the national sport of the country thus ensuring that their players will be well prepared to give in a tough fight to their rivals at the competition.

 Amongst other nations, South Korea, Kenya and Japan too have had a considerable amount of representation in Pro Kabaddi with players like Jang Kun Lee, Simon Kibura and Shimokawa being the top attractions!

As such, there are many international players one should take a note of when they step onto the kabaddi mat, Sportskeeda outlines the best 5 foreign players which are poised to shine at the Kabaddi World Cup.

#1 Meraj Sheykh

The Iranian captain is one complete all rounder. Name a kabaddi move and it's in his skill book. From an ankle hold on the defender to a high-flying jump while raiding. Having played a total of 43 matches for two teams, the Telugu Titans and recently Dabang Delhi, he has notched up more than 161 points out of which 119 have come from successful raids and the remaining 42 from tackles on the opposition.

The Iranians play quite an attacking brand of Kabaddi which was clearly evident when they were runners-up to India at the Asian Games in 2014, and their skipper, who was a part of the silver medal-winning team leads the packs from the front. Meraj can evenly manage his troops and control high-pressure situations with a calm mind in what is actually a very fast-paced game.

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