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Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017: 5 big names who are missing from India's team

Will their absences be felt?

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Top 5 / Top 10 09 Nov 2017, 22:18 IST
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Anup Kumar and Manjeet Chhillar are surprise exclusions from the lineup
Anup Kumar and Manjeet Chhillar are surprise exclusions from the lineup

As Iran gears up to host the Asian Kabaddi Championships that is scheduled to start on the 22nd of November 2017, the 36-member probables unit from India is taking part in an intense coaching camp at Sonepat at the end of which twelve players will make the final cut to represent the nation in the mega tournament.

Following a successful Pro Kabaddi League 2017, the list of probables boasts some exquisite talents, who had a massive impact in the recently-concluded league such, including the likes of Pardeep Narwal, Rohit Kumar, Surender Nada amongst others.

However, there are some surprises, with notable names such as Anup Kumar, Manjeet Chhillar amongst others failing to make the cut, leaving a lot of questions unanswered. Here are five such big names which have missed out from this year's probables list.

#5 Dharmaraj Cheralathan

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Cheralathan (R) gives a few words of advice to Sandeep Narwal

Fondly referred to as 'Anna', the 42-year-old defender has bags of experience under his belt and has been an instrumental part of the Indian setup in the past few years. In the Kabaddi World Cup held in 2017, Cheralathan donned the role of the corner defender to good success.

Such is his skill, that Cheralathan has been a vital cog in the defence for all the teams he has represented in the PKL. In PKL 3, he was a part of Patna's squad and led them to victory, In all, he has 216 defence points from 77 matches.

Although Mohit Chhilar, Sandeep Narwal and Amit Hooda are right corners, Cheralathan's experience could have given India a major advantage in the competition.


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