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5 instances when India lost a Kabaddi match

Vijay Sain
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Published 23 Nov 2019, 09:00 IST
23 Nov 2019, 09:00 IST

India lost to Iran in the 2018 Asian Games
India lost to Iran in the 2018 Asian Games

The Indian Kabaddi team is known for its sheer dominance in the sport of Kabaddi. Having produced world-class players, the Indian team has clinched victories in several global events, so much so that there is a belief that there is no competition for India in the sport of Kabaddi.

Teams such as Iran and South Korea have shown competency by leaps and bounds over the years. The exposure due to the Pro Kabaddi League has motivated them to adapt the game with enthusiasm, and they have certainly handed a tough challenge to the current Indian side. 

Kabaddi is a sport where India's certainty of victories doesn't surprise much, but a loss does surprise the Kabaddi fans. However, it is a good sign that many nations are showing their interest in the game as the sport has produced some quality talent over the past few years.

On that note, let's take a look at five occasions when the Indian Kabaddi team has lost a match in the past.

#1 India v Pakistan (1993 SAF Games, Dhaka)

India have lost one game against Pakistan (Representative image)
India have lost one game against Pakistan (Representative image)

India's first-ever loss in Kabaddi was against Pakistan back in the final of 1993 South Asian Federation Games, a tournament in which the team had to settle with the silver medal. The likes of Kashinatha Bhaskaran, Tirtha Raj, and Ashan Kumar were a part of the team that suffered the historic defeat two decades ago. 

Pakistan was India's toughest challenge back in the late 90s, due to their adaptability in the soil-based Kabaddi. The game based on strength in those days had minimal exposure, with just two nations dominating the sport in international events.

There was no Kabaddi tournament in the 1991 South Asian Games. Apart from the only loss in the sixth edition held in Dhaka, India have never lost a game in the history of South Asian Games and they are the most successful team in the South Asian Games, having bagged gold medals on nine occasions.

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