A Naveen Kumar special paved the way for the Indian team to lift their 10th gold medal at the South Asian Games.

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The Indian Men’s kabaddi team created history on Monday as they won another gold medal at the South Asian Games in Nepal. India has now won 10 gold medals in kabaddi in 11 editions of these Games after a spectacular unbeaten run in the competition, which included a 36-point winning margin against hosts, Nepal. 

India were up against Sri Lanka in the final and outclassed their opponents 51-18, winning by a bulky margin of 33 points. The Indian team started with Nitesh Kumar and Vishal Bharadwaj in the corner positions as the skipper, Deepak Niwas Hooda relied on his players on the mat to come through at the crucial hour. 

However, on the day of the final, Dabang Delhi’s prolific raider, Naveen Kumar stood tall and delivered points after points to propel India to a huge victory. He ended up with a Super 10 and was well supported by ‘Hi-Flyer’, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat who managed a sturdy nine points in the match.

India’s grip on the game only strengthened in the second half as they managed 23 points as compared to Sri Lanka’s seven. However, a few glimpses of utter rejuvenation in the Indian camp also ensued in the first half when India managed to inflict an All-Out within the first ten minutes of the game. 

It was an out and out show by Naveen and Pawan whose total tally went past the total points earned by the Sri Lankan team during the match. This victory was an epitome of India’s dominance in the sport of kabaddi. 

Women’s team propel

Earlier in the day, the Indian Women’s kabaddi team registered yet another thumping victory; this time thrashing the hosts, Nepal in the final by a whopping margin of 37 points as the score at the end of the match read 50-13. 

The Nepal women’s team proved too weak in the second half as after keeping at par with the pace of the Indian team, a total of 36 points were scored against the hosts. The final scoreline read 50-13, which was only 14-10 at half time. The Indian kabaddi contingent emerged triumphant and will be returning with two gold medals. 

Feature image courtesy: Twitter/ @ProKabaddi