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The Koreans capitalised on our mistakes, admits Anup Kumar

08 October 2016

Unbridled joy and shocking disappointment. That sums up the opening match of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup where Republic of Korea did the unthinkable by stunning home side and favourites India in a nail-biting encounter at The Arena, Ahmedabad. The visitors turned the tables on India in the final five minutes of the match limiting India to just 5 points compared to their staggering 13. 

Jang Kun Lee, the man of the moment, decimated the Indian defensive play as he bagged 10 raid points towards the final whistle. Surprisingly, he hadn’t won a single raid point till the 35th minute of the game.

Republic of Korea captain Dong Ju Hong was visibly delighted at the post-match press conference and also conveyed surprise at the victory. “We have beaten the champions of world kabaddi - India. We already know they are a very (good) team. We have watched them play in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi and we analysed their playing style. All the hard work paid off as we emerged victorious over them.”

A massive upset it was for sure and India captain Anup Kumar made no bones of his disappointment. He attributed the loss to mistakes made by the team as a whole, and did not pinpoint any single factor. “No team goes into the field with the intention of losing. We had every intention of winning. We made a few mistakes and they capitalised on them. We did the same to them when they made mistakes. We never enter the arena to lose but today wasn’t our best game.”

On being asked if his team felt the pressure of the favourites tag, the skipper said: “We did have pressure on us but it was nothing that we couldn’t cope with. There is no lack in coordination. We still believe in each other and as long as we are in this together as a team we are still positive about winning it. It was just the mistakes we made that saw us lose this match.”

With the win, an ecstatic Republic of Korea took the top spot in Group A and will hope to stay there for as long as possible. India, of course, go back to the mat on Saturday up against Australia in the last of three matches being played on Day 2 of the tournament. Republic of Korea get a rest day and meet Argentina on October 9.