5 reasons why India will win the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup
The date is 7th October and all eyes will be glued to TV sets to watch the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 taking place in Ahmedabad and 12 countries will participating for the top prize in the round robin format, which promises to be an exciting affair. A group of 14 players has been selected to play for the ‘Indian Dream Team’ in this World Cup, post a camp that comprised of 26 of the best kabaddi players.
The national team will be captained by Arjuna awardee Anup Kumar and includes the likes of experienced campaigners like Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Manjeet Chhillar alongside young guns like Deepak Hooda, Pardeep Narwal and Nitin Tomar amongst others.India will kick start their campaign with a match against South Korea on the inaugural day, and will go on to play five other matches at the group stage.
With a squad that will boast of a strong playing 7 along with an equally talented bench strength, the home team coached by Balwant Singh seems quite a formidable force going into the tournament. What really adds to the excitement to the fans in India is the fact that their team has the best shot at retaining the title which they last won in 2007 against Iran.
Team India have never lost the World Cup, which has been held two times prior to this one. In addition, they have won the gold medal at the Asian Games a record 9 times since the sport was introduced at the 1990 Beijing Asian Games.The Indian Team has everything going for it, from the statistics to the history and the best possible squad to take on the eleven opposing teams at the World Cup.
Here are the top 5 reasons why India will win the Kabaddi World Cup 2016:
#1 Anup Kumar
The leader of the pack is nicknamed ‘Captain Cool’ for a reason. He is to the Indian Kabaddi Team what MS Dhoni is to the Indian Cricket Team. Just like the cricket skipper, Anup Kumar is a cool, calm and composed tactician. He marshals his troops on the mat in the most efficient manner, guiding them and setting himself as an example. Combine this with his great raiding skills, his key move being the ability to get a toe touch on the opposition’s players, and his defensive prowess, India have the perfect captain to lead the team at the World Cup.