Kabaddi World Cup: 5 reasons which contributed to India's loss to South Korea
The first match of the first Kabaddi World Cup in 9 years shook the world as South Korea upset India 34-32 in Ahmedabad. A wonder raid by Jang Kun Lee, who was relatively quiet throughout the match, at the very end gave Korea the lead – one they held on to for their lives to shock the capacity crowd at the newly built TransStadia Sports Arena.
Despite leading by 8 points at one stage, India capitulated at the end to lose their second match ever in the history of the sport. Their first loss had come over 23 years ago at the 1993 South Asian Federation Games final against Pakistan.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at how the seemingly indomitable Indians lost the opening match of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup:
1. Rahul Chaudhari flops
The top scorer in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) was one of the biggest disappointments in the opening encounter. The man from Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, went in to raid 9 times and returned successfully only twice. He spent around 15 minutes on the bench and managed a paltry return of just 3 points, which added more pressure to the shoulders of captain Anup Kumar.
Much was expected from the Telugu Titans captain, who was preferred in the starting lineup over teenage sensation Pardeep Narwal. However, the boisterous raider failed miserably and will, rightly so, get the most of the blame, something he will have to take on the chin.