Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017: Iranian fans emotionally chant 'Hindustan, Hindustan' after India's brilliant final win
India lifted the Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017 title with a dominant display against arch-rivals Pakistan in the final, which ended 36-22 in favour of the Indian side on Sunday. They looked in complete control over the course of the game as well as over the three days of the competition and in the end, they ran out comfortable winners.
The Indian side consisted of the biggest stars in the sport, who have set the mat alight in the Pro Kabaddi League over its past five editions as well as on the international stage, which has given them an incredible boost in popularity.
It was on display in the final as well as the supporters in Iran cheered for the likes of Ajay Thakur and Pardeep Narwal in the final and even after the match. In an Instagram live video by Deepak Niwas Hooda after the match, the Iranian fans were seen giving the Indian players a standing ovation for their incredible display of kabaddi.
The fans also showed their class with a wonderful gesture as they chanted 'India, India' and 'Hindustan, Hindustan' after the match, thus displaying their affection and gratitude to the Indian players. If that wasn't all, chants of 'Ajay Thakur' and 'Pardeep' were also there to be heard in the match, showing that how India's stars are now popular internationally as well.
Iran were actually expected to face India in the final but they were upset by Pakistan in the semis as they lost out 28-24 in a nail-biting contest. With the home side not in action, the fans showered affection on the winners, who produced some high-quality kabaddi and took home the title.
India remained unbeaten throughout the competition as they won their four group stage matches against Afghanistan, Japan, Pakistan and Iraq comfortably. South Korea were then swept aside in the semifinal, before another one-sided game against arch-rivals Pakistan gave India the title win.