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The numbers that have mattered going into the India-Iran final

22 October 2016

Hosts India will take to the mat against Iran in what promises to be a mouth-watering finale at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. We analyse both teams and present the numbers that have signified their run to the final:

TOP RAIDERS

India:

• Ajay Thakur - 52 raid points in 44 successful raids at a rate of 7.3 successful raids per match.

• Pardeep Narwal - 47 raid points in 39 successful raids at a rate of 6.5 successful raids per match (3 Super Raids).

These two Indian stars have been explosive so far with their eye-catching escape acts, scything through opposition defences. They are quick, extremely agile and highly skilled as captain Anup Kumar has allowed the duo to hog the limelight. Stopping this duo could be the key for Iran.

Iran:

• Meraj Sheykh - 22 raid points in 19 successful raids at a rate of 3.8 successful raids per match.

• Mohammadesmaeil Maghsoudloumahalli - 19 raid points in 12 successful raids at a rate of 2 successful raids per match (2 Super Raids).

• Gholamabbas Korouki - 17 raid points in 17 successful raids at a rate of 4.25 successful raids per match.

The Iranians haven’t scored heavily, relying mainly on do-or-die raids to nick points off teams. They haven’t been at their best offensively and things can change in the final.

TOP DEFENDERS

India:

• Manjeet Chhillar - 22 tackle points averaging 3.5 per successful tackle per game at a 70% tackle success rate (3 High 5s).

• Surender Nada - 20 tackle points averaging 4 per successful tackle per game at an 80% tackle success rate (3 High 5s).

• Surjeet - 20 tackle points averaging 3.3 per successful tackle per game at a 74.1% tackle success rate (2 High 5s).

The Indian defence has been as prolific as their attack with the experienced Chhillar getting excellent support from Surjeet and Nada. It is not easy to unsettle this defence which is as uncompromising as their Iranian counterparts.

Iran: 

• Fazel Atrachali – 18 tackle points averaging 3 per successful tackle per game at a 54.54% tackle success rate (1 High 5).

• Abozar Mohajer Mighani – 16 tackle points averaging 2.66 per successful tackle per game at a 55.17% tackle success rate (1 High 5).

• Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan - 12 tackle points averaging 3 per successful tackle per game at a 70.58% tackle success rate (1 High 5).

Iran’s biggest strength is their powerful and experienced defence which has bailed out the team on several occasions in the tournament. They will be under the cosh against the lightning-quick Indian raiders and their performance could well decide the fate of the final for Iran.

OVERALL

India have scored a total of 359 points overall with 202 raid points and 94 tackle points, topping the charts in all three.

Iran have scored a total of 240 points (5th on the leaderboard) overall with 125 raid points (6th) and 74 tackle points (3rd).

India have been a flamboyant side having showcased the skill, ability, discipline and flair that is associated with the team. There is plenty of all-round quality in the side with the bench strength more than handy. 

Iran have been conservative in their approach which has been enough for them to reach the final. Maybe they have kept their best game under wraps as a surprise for the Indians.

In the end, it is the numbers in the final that will matter the most and the team which keeps hold of its nerve the best shall get their hands on the glittering trophy.

Coverage of the big final starts 19:45 IST tonight. Tune in to the Star network and hotstar to watch it LIVE.

All stats mentioned above and more can be found in our Leaderboard section.