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India captain determined to continue winning tradition

09 October 2016

On Saturday night, Indian fans had much to rejoice about when they witnessed the One Big Blue brigade thrash an unsuspecting Australia 52-20 in what was the latter’s first match of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The 32-point margin came as a breath of fresh air – and even relief – for India who were stunned by the Republic of Korea in a remarkable opening match held at The Arena, Gujarat.

The defeat raised many eyebrows on the team’s tag as favourites to win the title, but India captain Anup Kumar was in no mood to let that be a talking point. After all, his team had just showcased a kabaddi masterclass winning over Australia emphatically.

“Every match is important. We started the match (vs Australia) as we planned and we will continue the winning tradition,” the skipper said at the post-match press conference.

India’s next opponent will be a far greater challenge – even more than Republic of Korea or England – as they take on Bangladesh, a country which has kabaddi listed as their national sport and also been consistent in their performances at the Asian Games and many more top events.

“For opponents like Bangladesh and Iran, we will play against them with the same passion and aggression. That is the plan for all the games and we will not take anyone lightly. Bangladesh is also a good team and we will minimise our mistakes and try to win it,” said the Indian kabaddi star.

Overall, the Indian squad sounded optimistic and owed their victory to the right approach and team mentality which helped them nail the second match of the tournament with relative ease.

The match will be played at The Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad on October 11 with live broadcast on the Star network and hotstar.