India defeated Iran by a margin of 18 points to lift the Kabaddi Master’s cup. Ajay Thakur and Monu Goyat proved their worth. 3 super tackles were made by India. Ajay Thakur scored 9 points helping India to win the title. The final score was India with 44, Iran 26. From the beginning, India dominated the match. If Ajay Thakur was leading the attacks, Surjeet led the defence.
India, was put under pressure for the first time in the tournament against the Republic of Korea which forced coach Srinivas Reddy to change his strategy. The Indian raiders and defenders were not able to match the pace of the Koreans forcing Indian coach to make substitute in the initial minutes, bringing in all-rounder Monu Goyat.
Iranian players were on a confidence high after beating Pakistan with 21 points lead. Iran lost to India in Kabaddi World Cup 2016, and this was an opportunity for the team to take their revenge and defeat in India in this tournament final.
Just like the Indians, Iran too came to Dubai with a fresh squad as coach Gholamreza Mazandarani picked nine new players. The Middle Eastern nation’s transition though came as a form of shock therapy, and a necessity.
India has won all six kabaddi world cups played till now!