Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017: 5 biggest talking points from India's title victory
We take a look at the key takeaways from India's successful AKC 2017 campaign.
India were crowned champions of Asia as they won the Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017 after defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final on Sunday. The competition, which was being held in Gorgan, Iran, saw India run out comfortable winners in the end as they won their respective matches with ease and hardly broke sweat over the course of the tournament.
In the group stages, the Indian team recorded routine victories over Iraq, Japan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the semifinals, they comfortably defeated South Korea, the team they had lost to in the World Cup last year, before getting the better of Pakistan once again in the final.
Here are the biggest takeaways from India's Asian Championships win:
#1 Ajay Thakur leads from the front
India travelled to Iran without Anup Kumar, who was not included in the list of probables for the Championships, and in his place, it was veteran raider Ajay Thakur who led the side.
The Tamil Thalaivas skipper justified his selection as captain as he put in a fantastic performance, leading from the front and scoring Super 10s in crucial matches. He took over the primary raiding duties for his side and was most often than not effective in his raid attempts.