Bhubaneswar: India powered back to a thundering comeback to clinch its third in a row and eighth overall World title in Kabaddi.
Stealing yet another win against the same side Iran for the last three consecutive times, hosts India deserved the win with an emphatic comeback only to seal the match by 38-29.
While the opponent were no easy to shrug off since they are always one of the favorites and 100 per cent commitment this time from them making the task always harder for the hosts as they slowly took the match away in the first half giving a likely heartbreak for Indians beating their overbearing dominance in the game for the last decade.
With 20 minutes up the clock visitors were up ahead by 18-13 making it ever hard for the hosts to claw their way back in time.
But searing determination and energy revamping from the Indian camp led by none other than the skipper himself Anup Kumar whose lightning touches and Surendra Nadda’s ankle hold especially, taking the men in blue to a vital three point lead at 24-21 with only 10 minutes remaining.
India banked on to the lead with some solid defense and rolling attacks to grab the match under the spotlight of around 3000 roaring fans.