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Kabaddi World Cup 2016: What will be India's starting 7 at the tournament?

Vidhi Shah
7.06K   //    03 Oct 2016, 16:59 IST
Anup Kumar will play a key role in Team India’s success at the Kabaddi World Cup

The countdown to the Kabaddi World Cup all set to commence next week has begun with 12 countries including the likes of India, USA, UK, Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Australia, Kenya, Iran, Thailand, and Argentina battling it out to be crowned world champions.

Defending champions India will face off against South Korea in the tournament opener and will be captained by star raider and Arjuna awardee Anup Kumar.

A 14-member Indian squad was selected post a rigorous training camp held especially as a part of the World Cup preparations in order to ensure that the host nation fields the best possible team in their quest to retain the title they won back in 2007 after defeating Iran in the final.

However, the only aspect plaguing the Indian coach, Balwant Singh and his deputy E. Bhaskaran is the problem of  plenty, since a hoard of Pro Kabaddi players, all stars in their own right form the Indian Dream Team.

The selected 14 are a perfect amalgamation of skills, experience and youth with players like Anup Kumar, Ajay Thakur, Deepak Hooda, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Jasvir Singh, Kiran Parmar, Manjeet Chillar, Mohit Chillar, Nitin Tomar, Pardeep Narwal, Rahul Chaudhari, Sandeep Narwal, Surender Nada and  Surjeet Narwal.

So, Sports Keeda predicts the probable 7 who will start the game against the Korean team!

#1 Anup Kumar (Captain, Raider)

The policeman from Haryana often nicknamed as "Captain Cool" due to his calm nature and the ability to handle pressure situations with ease, makes him an asset and the perfect candidate to lead the Indian side at the World Cup. He already knows the nature and demands of his job, having captained the U Mumba team in the Pro Kabaddi League for all the four seasons until name.

The 32-year-old plays as a right raider on the kabaddi mat with the toe touch being his key move and has a knack of playing around with the right tactics. The Most Valuable Player in Season 1 of Pro Kabaddi and the victorious captain in Season 2, winner of two Asian Game gold medals, under his aegis and guidance it is sure that the Indian team will be at ease and comfort, devoid of tense scenarios.

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