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5 reasons why India has fallen for kabaddi

The popularity of kabaddi is at an all-time high but what are the reasons for this resurgence?

Pro kabaddi League
The Pro Kabaddi League has been a hit since 2014 

With the upcoming season of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League fast approaching, daily soaps are already feeling the stress of losing viewership for the duration of the “panga” season. Ever since the league was founded in 2014, the popularity of the age old sport of kabaddi has hit new highs, with viewers wanting to invest their time on real “panga” rather than sticking to the mechanical choice between news or a reality show as their standard 8:00 PM ritual.

With the “reintroduction” of the sport, Indian families have been seen enjoying and watching a sport together, other than cricket after a long time. Here are a few reasons why the sport has found a place in Indian hearts and television sets:

#1. Indians love a “Panga”

Living amongst a population of 1.3 billion people, Indians do not have things easy in life. Kabaddi also sums up the everyday life of a middle-class Indian: grappling for a hold, fighting to prevail, and struggling to touch the dream line before the breath gives up. 

Every Indian operates with a deep rooted competitiveness in him and that is exactly why the game of kabaddi clicks with him. One would think that the rusticity from a fiery encounter among two for survival in a game would appeal to an Indian much more than a gentlemanly battle for victory.

Besides, the sport of kabaddi is deeply rooted in the Indian culture and hence each “thigh five” and every “super tackle” gets our adrenaline rushing. After years of watching the gentleman’s game, the sport of Kabaddi comes as a refreshing change, showcasing a beautiful balance between aggression and dignity.

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