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India: Top Players to watch out for

18 September 2016

As selectors evaluate each player in the 26-man preliminary squad for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, the majestic wealth of players that India has is pretty evident. The quality of players on offer is fantastic, but only 14 will make the final cut. We look at five players expected to be picked for Team India, and who could make a big impact at the tournament.

Anup Kumar: Captain Cool

In recent years, Anup Kumar has grown in stature and has become almost synonymous with the game. A regular in the Indian team since 2006, he made his debut in the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka the same year. He is a tactical mastermind, a talisman and someone each kabaddi player and fan looks up to for inspiration. At the age of 32, Anup Kumar is in his prime, and will be central to India’s World Cup campaign.

Manjeet Chhillar: Aggression Personified

An established star and a feared opponent in domestic and international kabaddi, Manjeet Chhillar is one of the best all-rounders in the game. His strength lies in his aggressive approach, especially during crunch games, which could give India an edge over the other teams. Chhillar has been a mainstay of the Indian Kabaddi team for many years, and is also an influential dressing room figure, who will provide India with the ammunition for a great campaign at the Kabaddi World Cup.

Rahul Chaudhari: The Golden Boy

Rahul Chaudhari personifies everything a top-class kabaddiraider should be. Already a regular in the national team, his presence among more experienced players adds flair, and gives an edge to the attack. Usually composed in his raids, Chaudhari does his fair share of defending as well, although he still can’t be called an all-rounder. If he does play in the Starting 7, expect lots of entertainment!

Surender Nada / Mohit Chhillar: The Duo in Defence

These are two players worth mentioning together. Surender Nada and Mohit Chhillar are key defensive players who have developed a solid partnership, rendering them un-droppable from any team they’re part of. The defensive duo rose together first in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi for U Mumba, and very recently moved to Bengaluru Bulls. A rock-solid Kabaddi World Cup campaign will help them make the defensive corner positions their own for the foreseeable future.

Sandeep Narwal: Dreaded Defender

Speedy, aggressive, athletic and defensively strong, Sandeep Narwal’s energy levels are from another planet! He’s the kind of player who is hated by the opposition, and has the ability to outfox them at any moment. He won the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi Season 3 title with Patna Pirates, and impressed one and all with his individual performances. With him on the team sheet, raid and tackle points are a guarantee. Narwal is one of India’s biggest assets, and with him the team will be strong in attack as well as defence.