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Kabaddi World Cup 2016: 5 talking points from India's win over Australia

Campbell Brown of Australia raids in the Indian half at the Kabaddi World Cup
Vidhi Shah
FEATURED WRITER
Modified 09 Oct 2016
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India played their second game of the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 against Australia and made it an easy victory, in the end. India, who are known to be giants of the sport faced what was their only second defeat in international competitions at the hands of a gutsy Korean effort in the first match of the tournament.

However, it was a different story that unfolded today, as there was no hint of complacency whatsoever, in the side that went down yesterday to Jang Kun Lee’s effort, as they came back to form to defeat the Australian team by a margin of 34 points, 54-20.

#1 A change in the starting line-up and continuous substitutions

India vs Australia Kabaddi World Cup
The Indians were too strong for the Australian side

To make amends from the last game, India brought forth changes and fielding an altered squad. The services of Mohit Chhillar were done away with, and Sandeep Narwal, the all-rounder earned himself a place in the starting seven.

Rahul Chaudhari, who did not play to his potential in the first fixture was replaced with young gun and Patna Pirates’ raider Pardeep Narwal. Jasvir Singh, the veteran of sorts, was also sent back to the bench and Deepak Hooda, the attacking all-rounder, was given a chance to prove his worth. 

But, a huge lead into the game meant that the bench strength was also tested, with plenty of substitutions being made at regular intervals and the likes of Ajay Thakur, Nitin Tomar, Kiran Parmar, Surender Nada and Rahul Chaudhari, given some game time and the chance to prove their mettle on the mat. 

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Published 08 Oct 2016
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