Pakistan Beats India Becoming Kabaddi World Champion For The First Time

Pakistan defeated India by 43-41 in a high-stakes final winning the World Cup Trophy for the first time. The nail-biting thriller was played at Lahore’s Punjab Stadium on Sunday.

Since the start of the much-anticipated final between the two arch-rivals, India played an attacking game and maintained a lead over the host. By the half time, India was ahead of Pakistan by 6 points with 24-18 on the board.

Pakistan not only overcame India at the start of the second round, but took a lead of 4 points, which reduced to two by the end. At one point, it looked like India would regain its lead but, Pakistan blocked three raids by the Indian side to take a deciding lead.

The win has a significance in the context of the game as Pakistan, previously encountering India in World Cup finals on four occasions, had never managed a single win.

Captain Muhammad Irfan receiving the winning trophy and the cheque.

But this time, thanks to Captain Muhammad Irfan aka Manna Jutt and star raider Shafiq Chishti, Pakistan beat its arch-rival to become the World Kabaddi Champions for the first time ever.

The champions completed a lap of honor after the match, celebrating the maiden world cup win, fully backed by a jam-packed roaring crowd.

Earlier on Saturday, Pakistan defeated Iran while India beat Australia to reach the final.

Overall, a total of eight teams including Pakistan, India, Iran, Canada, Australia, the United States, Sierra Leone, and Kenya, participated in the World Cup.

This is the first time that Pakistan staged a World Cup. Previously, all of the six-circle style Kabaddi mega-events were hosted by India. The eight-day long tournament was held in Lahore, Faisalabad, Kartarpur, and Nankana Sahib.

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