Amidst the Cricket and Football season, India is all set to take part in a multinational Kabaddi tournament which is starting today in Dubai. It will be the first time UAE will be hosting any multinational Kabaddi event. The event will be played Al Wasl club in Dubai. This is seemed more as a preparation for Asian game held later in the year. The tournament will have six teams namely India, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Iran, Argentina and Kenya. India is apparently the firm favourites with so many top players in their squad while Republic of Korea and Iran are seemed to be top challengers.
9 days long tournament will start tournament and end on 30th June with 6 teams being divided in two groups. Group A consists India, Pakistan and Iran while Group B consists Iran, Republic of Korea and Argentina. Tournament will be played on double round robin basis followed by knockouts. Biggest attraction of the tournament will be India Vs Pakistan matches which will be played on 22nd and 25th June. Let’s take a look at each & every team one by one.
India is the strongest team in the tournament by a fair distance and will be a team to watch out for. The raiding as well as the defence department seems inoculate as there will be no Meraj, Abozar and Fazel Attrachali in Iranian team as Iranian board decided them to give rest for Asian games which makes their defence slightly lighter giving India an advantage.
A plethora of brilliant raiders makes India a team to watch out for as both Pardeep Narwal and Rahul Chaudhari will be the main attractions in the raiding department. The duo of Surrender Nada and Mohit Chillar will be on defensive duties and beating them will be a hard nut to crack for any team.
India have got an easy group as well as neither Pakistan nor Kenya seems challenging enough.
Manjeet Chhillar, Sandeep Narwal, Deepak Niwas Hooda ,Girish Maruti Ernak, Surender Nada, Mohit Chhillar, Raju Lal Choudhary, Surjeet Narwal (PO), Pardeep Narwal, Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur(C), Rishank Devadiga, Monu Goyat, Rohit Kumar.
Stand By: Maninder Singh, Sachin Tanwar
Pakistan is in relatively easier group with India and Kenya and one can expect them to be the second team to qualify from the group after India. However, Pakistani captain is confident of beating India in the tournament to top the league.
Pakistan has a very well balanced defence and it will be a mouth watering clash between Indian raiders and Pakistani defenders. Apart from the defence, Pakistan does not have a lot to show in their raiding skills and that’s where all the other teams including India will breathe a little easier.
Nasir Ali (C), Wasim Sajjad, Qaisir Abbas, Kashif Razzaq, Waqar Ali, Mudassar Ali, Muhammad Nadeem, Sajjad Shaukat, Abid Hussain, Akhlaq Hussain, Muhammad Nisar, Muzammal Hussain, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Safian.
Iran along with Korea is the most likely team to qualify for next stage from Group B. Even though, Iran doesn’t have their best defenders for which they’re known across the Kabaddi community, they still possess a hefty challenge in front of other teams in this tournament. They’re still a force to reckon with.
Iran is going with a relatively younger side this time around with not much experience in the raiding department. Only Hadi Tazik is a known figure while others will be an unknown mystery for opponents. Iranian team has got a good bunch of talented players.
Defender: Hadi Tajik, Mohammad Ghorbani, Emad Sedaghatnia.
All-Rounder: Saeid Ghaffari, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh,
Raider: Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou Mahalli, Mohammad Taghi Paein Mahali, Mohammad Kazem Naseri, Mohammadreza Shadloui Chianeh
Republic of Korea
Korean team has got a realistic chance to reach the final as Iran has got a slightly inexperienced side in their group. Captain Jang Kun Lee, Tae Deok Eom and Lee Jae Min will be the most important players in the Korean team.
All-Rounders: Eom Tae Deok, Kim Seong Ryeol, Kim Gyung Tae
Defenders: Lee Jae Min, Kim Dong Gyu, Ko Young Chang, Park Chan Sik,
Raiders: Jang Kung (C), Lee Dong Geon, Hong Dong Ju, Jo Jae Pil, Park Hyun Il
Argentina will probably follow the footsteps of their football team to get knocked out from the group stage as they don’t have a lot of experience to play at such level in Dubai Kabaddi Series. Argentina is placed with Iran and Korea in group B and by no means Argentina has any answer to them in skill set unless they cause an upset which is very unlikely.
Franco Castro, Ivan Molina, Jorge Barraza, Rafael Acevedo, Roman Cesaro, Matias Martinez, Sebastian Canencia, Javier Camera, Sebastian Desocio, Federico Gramajo, Nahuel Lopez, Nahuel Villamayor, Mariano Pascual, Gabriel Sacchi.
Kenya is the only team to represent Africa in this tournament. This team is a result of sheer hardwork and determination. They’ve shown time and time again that they can’t be taken lightly at this stage. They beaten USA and Japan in the World Cup while gave tough fight to even Iran. Kenya will face their toughest challenge against India in their opening encounter but both India and Pakistan will need to be wary of this team.
Ogak Odhiambo, Elphas Otieno, Chrispine Otieno, Obilo James, Kevin Wire James Kamweti ,David Mosambayi (C), Esau Otieno, Patrick NzauIzaac Njoroge, Obiero Victor,Nicholas Mutua, Erick Ocheing Oduor, Embuga George.