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Aruduzzaman Munshi: Leading by example

11 October 2016

Bangladesh captain Aruduzzaman Munshi put in an assured performance in his side’s opening game of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup against England showcasing his leading abilities for his side. Though the English are relatively less experienced than them, Munshi was not going to underestimate them, a clear sign of a measured commanding skill. He led from the front and set the tone for his team, ending up with 8 points in the match. He was the leading raid points scorer of the match as well as the joint most point scorer of the game, along with teammate Md. Sabuj Mia and Englishman Temi Tope Adewalure, despite not raiding as much in the second half.

The Navy man was clinical with his raids and his first empty raid came only in the 19th minute of the game. He played smart by not trying anything fancy and sticking to the basics, getting his first 3 points through bonus points. Munshi ended the match with an excellent raid strike rate of 88.89 percent.

Bangladesh as a team have a good defence and are aiming to be a better raiding side as the captain attests: “I’m happy with the players selected as we have a well-balanced squad for the tournament,” he says. “We have a mix of young and senior players who are specialised in raiding and defending as well.”

Munshi personally prefers defending over attacking but has taken the onus of improving the raids, setting an example for his side.

Along with Munshi, Sabuj Mia, Tuhin Tarafder and Zakir Hossain also played a major part in the dismantling of England. A tougher test now awaits them in the form of neighbours and title favourites India who are itching to show that the loss against Republic of Korea was just a minor blip. The two Asian kabaddi powerhouses meet on October 11 at 2100 IST and will be one of the sternest tests of Munshi’s ability – both as a player and leader of the team.

For more team and player stats and for the full tournament standings so far, click on the Results tab on our website.