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Explaining defensive positions in Kabaddi and their significance

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Pro Kabaddi League is a game based on an intricate transition between attack and defense. Teams place great emphasis on raiding the opposition consistently to ensure the pressure is piled on them.

Similarly, defenses work to keep raiders from easily working up points, working in harmony to not allow the raiders to guess position easily.

Just like focus and positioning is important to the defense protecting the team, Castrol Activ’s actibonds ensure the protection offered to the engine is complete, clinging on to form a blanket that protects the engine at all times.

Here’s a closer look at how the defensive positions in Kabaddi work -


The ‘corners’ of the team are the widest positions on the playing mat, stretching the team on both the sides. Each team deploys their best defenders on the ‘corners’ as it is the most influential position; a game can be won or lost depending on how the corners of the team perform on that given day!

The main responsibility of the corners is to initiate the tackles at the right moment as they are the main targets for the opposition’s raiders to score points from. If it is a right raider raiding from the opposite end, he/she will attack the left corner and vice versa in case the raider is raiding from the left side.

In the case of a right raider, the left corner of the team goes deep into his half, behind the bonus point line to make the raider come to him in order to get a touch point while at the same time, the main responsibility of the right corner is to cover the raider’s track in case a block has to be made before he returns to his own half.

Some of the biggest defenders in Pro Kabaddi League have cemented their place at the corners and are able to dictate the flow of the game. Ravinder Pahal excelled playing at the ‘corner’ position for Dabang Delhi in season 2 of the Pro Kabaddi League and was thus awarded ‘the best defender’ of season 2.

Main Moves: Ankle-hold, Thigh hold, dash

Notable Players: Ravinder Pahal, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Joginder Narwal, Fazel Atrachali, Nilesh Shinde

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