Invincibles title remains intact as India bettered Iran in style! The full time score was 26-44, Ajay Thakur and his boys have done the job. It was a tremendous performance by the men in blue. Also Read - Kabaddi Stars Ajay Thakur, Fazel Atrachali and Other Players Urge Fans to Stay Home to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic
Ajay Thakur has been inspirational, the team needed him and he soaked up all the pressure. The crowd were lifted by the performance, India simply dominated proceedings. Also Read - Pro Kabaddi League: UP Yoddha Enter Playoffs, Pradeep Stars in Patna Pirates' Thrilling Win
In the first half, It was Déjà vu for Iran, as Ajay Thakur is repeating his World Cup final performance against them from two years ago. India leads 11-18. Also Read - Padma Awards: President Ram Nath Kovind Confers Top Honours on Bajrang Punia, Sharath Kamal, Sunil Chhetri, Ajay Thakur at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi | SEE PICS
India dominated proceedings in the second half as well, they were clam and poised with an organised defence.
In what will be a replay of the Kabaddi world Cup 2016, the Indian Kabaddi team will take to the pitch with 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.
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.
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.
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