The Indian Kabaddi team will on Saturday take on Iran in the finals of the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 at the Al Wasl Sports Club in Dubai. Skipper Ajay Thakur led from the front to thrash South Korea 36-20 while a second string Iran outplayed Pakistan 40-21 in the semi-finals on Friday to set up a summit clash against each other. Also Read - Tough to Become a Standout Kabaddi Player in India: Fazel Atrachali
For the first time in the tournament, India were put under pressure and it forced the coach Srinivas Reddy to come out with a different strategy. On the other hand, Iran, who came into this tournament without the services of some star players, displayed some attacking game to outplay Pakistan. Also Read - Asian Games Debacle Worst Moment of my Kabaddi Career: Indian Captain Ajay Thakur
The Indian raiders and defenders tried hard to match the pace of the Koreans but failed which forced Indian coach to make substitute in the initial minutes, bringing in raider Monu Goyat. Also Read - Kabaddi fiasco: Indian Team Doesn't Turn up, Confusions Galore at Federation's Trials
After the last-four victory against South Korea, India coach Srinivas Reddy had conceded that knock-out games are always high pressure matches. Reddy revealed that his message to the team was to go all out and not worry about points in the crucial tie.
India : Girish Maruti Ernak, Surender Nada, Sandeep, Mohit Chhillar, Raju Lal Choudhary,Surjeet (Po), Deepak, Pardeep Narwal, Rahul Chaudhari, Rishank Krishna Devadiga, Monu Goyat, Rohit Kumar, Ajay Thakur, Manjeet Chhillar
Iran : Hadi Tajik, Mohammad Amin Nosrati, Amirhossein Mohammad Maleki, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, Mohammad Ghorbani, Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou Mahalli, Mohammad Kazem Naseri, Mohammadreza Shadloui Chianeh, Emad Sedaghatnia, Afshin Jafari, Mohammad Taghi Paein Mahali,Mohammad Malak,Saeid Ghaffari, Hamid Mirzaei Nader
When: June 30, Saturday at 7:30 PM IST
Where: Al Wasl Sports Club, Dubai
Broadcast: Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 will be broadcast on Star Sports Network: Star Sports Network- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi & Tamil, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD.
Live Streaming: Kabaddi Masters 2018 will be live streamed on Hotstar and Jio TV.