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2016 Kabaddi World Cup: 5 players to watch out for in the India vs Iran final

Vidhi Shah
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Fazel Atrachali
Fazel Atrachali (L) is cornerstone for the Iran defence

The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup is on the brink of its final encounter, a showdown between the two powerhouses of the sport, India and Iran.The road to the finale has been contrasting for the two rivals, Iran secured their place in the finals after defeating the South Koreans in a thrilling contest with a scoreline of 28-22. On the other hand, the Indians have entered the finals on the back of a thumping 70-23 victory over Thailand in the semi-finals. 

Come 8 PM on Saturday, the mightiest of all kabaddi recruits will lock horns to claim the glory and crown at stake on the global stage. Sportskeeda looks at the 5 players who can leave their mark on the finals:

#5 Fazel Atrachali

The smiling assasin from Iran has a menacing presence in the left corner. Replete with defending skills, name any move, be it an ankle hold, thigh hold, or a body block, Fazel can execute it to perfection. Having already claimed 18 tackle points in addition to a surprising 8 raid points as well, he adds another dimension to the Iranian squad. 

In the semi-finals against Korea, he was unusually calm, returning with just one successful tackle, but in the finals one can be assured that he will come out all guns blazing. Having the experience of playing in the Pro Kabaddi, the Iranian import in the League will have an upper hand, for he shall benefit from the knowledge that he already has about the Indian players like Anup Kumar, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Surender Nada amongst others. 

The Best Defender in the last edition of PKL, Fazel will play an instrumental role in his teams’ success at the Kabaddi World Cup.

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