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Best four teams of 2016 Kabaddi World Cup ready for the final raid!

20 October 2016

The stage is set for the four sides that have made it to the semi-finals of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. India, Iran, Republic of Korea and Thailand will battle it out to get their hands on the prestigious trophy. The last 13 days of the tournament have seen some fantastic performances by over 150 athletes from 12 nations. These teams have been responsible for giving us many memorable performances, great comebacks, big upsets and the emergence of new talent.

Now, the temperatures are expected to rise to unprecedented levels as the best four sides slug it out for the ultimate prize at The Arena by TransStadia in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. With the semi-finals about to get underway on October 21, each team will bring their own unique approach to the mat.

India are the most experienced side in the tournament with an equally strong defence and offence. They will look to get at Thailand from the word go, akin to their performances in the group stage after the shock loss to Republic of Korea. The home fans will raise the decibel level for their favourite side as Anup Kumar’s men gun for glory.

The hosts’ semi-final opponents are Group B toppers Thailand. Captain Khomsan Thongkham has been influential, leading a fit and agile side which boasts of a strong defence. The trashing by Iran in their opening match has only motivated them to do better with some brilliant performances, especially the ones against Kenya and Japan. The Thais are confident and will believe that they can beat the Indians in their own backyard.

Republic of Korea are the only unbeaten side in the tournament so far. Their campaign has been headlined by stunning comeback wins against India and Bangladesh. They are a well-knit side and have showcased tremendous skill, spirit and discipline. Iran will be a huge challenge but Jang Kun Lee and Co. are never out of any game till the final whistle is blown.

Iran have been strong favourites to reach the final and there is good reason to that. With players like Meraj Sheykh and Fazel Atrachali in their ranks, the Iranians are a powerful and experienced side. Their robust defence can be suffocating for the opposition raiders and have made up for their offence not living up to its usually high standards. They will be looking to turn it on as anything less against the Koreans will not be enough.

The league stage has thrown in some great matches that left the fans wanting more. The semi-finals do have the potential for some thrill-a-minute action with the quality of teams on show.  

Commenting on the occasion, Janardan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation said, “The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup has brought forth the extraordinary potential and enthusiasm exhibited by all the 12 participating teams. The excitement among kabaddi fans is rising with every match and we are looking forward to some great kabaddi in the semi-finals and the final.” 

Coverage for the semi-finals starts at 20:00 IST exclusively on the Star network and hotstar.