Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017: Who scored the most points in India's 61-21 win against Iraq?
The Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017 kicked off in Gorgan, Iran on Friday and the Indian men's team got off to a flying start by recording a comprehensive 61-21 victory against Iraq. Drawn in Group 1 alongside Japan, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, the Men in Blue and defending World Cup champions ran out clear winners, with the entire squad playing in rotation and contributing to the win.
Out of India's 61 points, 31 were contributed by the team's raiders. The defensive unit also put in a strong shift, garnering a total of 22 points. India also completed a total of four all outs in the match, which gave them eight points in all.
A total of eight raiders got on the scoreboard, which shows that the team is looking to rotate and is still searching for their best lineup. Pardeep Narwal top-scored with six raid points, while Rohit Kumar comes in next with a total of five.
Here is a breakdown of the total raid points:
Ajay Thakur (4), Pardeep Narwal (6), Rohit Kumar (5), Maninder Singh (4), Rahul Chaudhari (4), Sachin (3), Deepak Niwas Hooda (2), Nitin Tomar (3)
The defence also put on a strong showing as eight different players scored with tackle points. Surjeet, the Bengal Warriors man, picked up a High 5 from the cover position, while Surender Nada, Nitin Tomar and Sandeep Narwal picked up three points each.
Here is a breakdown of the total defence points:
Surjeet (5), Surender Nada (3), Nitin Tomar (3), Sandeep Narwal (3), Vishal Bhardawaj (2), Mohit Chhillar (2), Deepak Hooda (2), Mahender Singh Dhaka (2)
India have a hectic schedule lined up for Saturday and will play a total of three matches against Afghanistan, Japan and arch-rivals Pakistan. With everyone in the squad getting a taste of the action, it will be interesting to see how the team lines up tomorrow.