Five Players Who Could Help India Lift the Kabaddi World Cup
India will host 12 nations during the Kabaddi World Cup, to be held in Ahmedabad from 7 to 22 October.
India is all set to host the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad from 7 to 22 October. The third edition of the World Cup will see participation from teams from 12 countries-- India, Pakistan, the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya.
Out of the 14 players selected to play for India, here are five stars to look out for:
1. The ‘Sher’ from Haryana: Captain Anup Kumar
“Sher from Haryana, kabaddi ka gharaana (the lion of Haryana, the home of kabaddi)”, is how Anup Kumar, who will be leading the Indian kabaddi team, describes himself. Introduced to the game while in school, Anup joined the CRPF in 2005 and went on to represent India for the first time in the 2006 South Asian Games in Sri Lanka.
Anup’s signature move is the ‘toe touch’, where he ‘eliminates’ the opponent by stepping on their feet before running back in a jiffy.
An Arjuna awardee and captain of Pro Kabaddi League team U Mumba, Anup is considered one of the best raiders in kabaddi history.
2. Sandeep Narwal, the Kohli of kabaddi
Aggressive, fast and very strong, Sandeep Narwal is the Virat Kohli of the kabaddi world. Known for jumping over his defenders and his speedy raids, Sandeep made a mark in the Pro Kabaddi League aged just 22.
Adjudged the best defender in the third edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, Narwal has amassed 161 tackle points in the tournament. This makes him one of the league’s best defenders. Narwal is also competent in the raiding department, having scored 171 raid points in 62 games.
Sprinting, leaping and pushing, Sandeep will surely be a vital part of the Indian side.
4. Star Raider Rahul Chaudhari
Captain of the Telugu Titans, 23-year-old Rahul Chaudhari has emerged as a star raider in the Pro Kabaddi League.
Rahul, a regular in the Indian team, is known for his speed and agility. The undisputed king of raiders has 24 Super 10s to his name and has notched up 482 raid points in 58 league matches. If he finds his way into the top seven, Rahul will surely be a delight to watch.
5. Manjeet Chillar, All-Rounder
The first player to score 300 points in the Pro Kabaddi League, all-rounder Manjeet Chillar is an established star and a feared opponent. A senior member of the Indian kabaddi team, the 30-year-old has scored more than 400 points in the 59 matches he has appeared in.
Chillar, who is known for his speedy tackles and equally powerful raids, will be an influential part of the Indian dressing room.
3. Ajay Thakur, Raider
The guy who wins points for India in the other half of the court, Ajay Thakur is considered one of India’s best raiders. The Himachal boy has displayed exemplary ability while representing Bengaluru Bulls and Puneri Paltan in the Pro Kabaddi League.
Ajay, who boasts of a vast experience, has won numerous medals. These include a gold at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2013, a gold in the 2007 Asian Indoor Games, and a gold in the 2014 Asian Games. An aggressive and feared member of the Indian side, Thakur is known for his signature ‘frog jump’ move.
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