Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017: 5 reasons why India might not win the competition
India will certainly start as front-runners in the tournament but these factors might see them losing out on the spoils.
The Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017 have dawned upon us and while Iran gears up to host the mega tournament for the second time in four editions from Friday onwards, the ten teams will be itching to step onto the mat and take their shot at the path to clinching the trophy.
While Iran boasts of a team brimming with talented players, India will undoubtedly start as favourites with quality players such as Ajay Thakur, Pardeep Narwal and Surender Nada amongst others set to represent the Indian contingent.
With a strong Iran team set to play at home and a lot more factors coming into play, here are five reasons why India might not clinch the trophy.
#1 No Captain Cool Anup
One of the biggest question marks that floated all around social media was the exclusion of Anup Kumar from the probables list ahead of the Championships and this was for no small reason.
Apart from being an experienced player himself, Anup also led India to a World Cup victory in 2016 and it remains to see how his absence will affect the India setup this time around. While Ajay Thakur is indeed a top-notch raider, his captaincy will certainly come under a strict test.
In season five of the Pro Kabaddi League, Ajay was in-charge of leading the Tamil Thalaivas and unfortunately for him, his team crumbled to the last place in Group A.
With the Indian team boasting of a star-studded line-up, only time will tell as to how much of an influence Ajay will have and if he will be able to fill in the huge void left behind by Anup Kumar.