The Indian Women’s Kabaddi team brought huge smiles on the Indian faces as it won the first Women’s Kabaddi World Cup, here in Patalipura Sports Complex, Patna. The Indian eves got the better of their Iranian counterparts, as they defeated Iran 25-19 in the final on Sunday. In what was a low scoring game as compared to the earlier matches, the Indian outfit held their nerve and denied Iran any advantage. India dominated from the start, and always held the upper hand in a closely contested final.
India enjoyed a comfortable 8-point lead at half-time, with Iran trailing 19-11. Iran turned the heat on in the second half as they desperately tried to get past the Indian score, but the Indian girls just about managed to keep their lead intact. Iran scored 8 points in the second-half to India’s 6, but could not manage to fill the 8 point void conceded in the first-half.
Earlier in the day, India had outclassed Japan 60-21 to move into the finals of inaugural Kabaddi World Cup. The World Cup had started on 1st March, and took place over a period of 4 days. What was nice to see was that the stadium was filled to the capacity. The crowd had come in full support of their team as they cheered all the way for the Indian Women’s team.
The winners trophy was handed over to Indian captain Mamata Pujari, and gold medals to all Indian team members by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, while Patalipura MP Shatrughan Sinha handed over the runners-up trophy and silver medals to Iran.
Interestingly, with this win, India has now won all the Kabaddi World Cups held so far, with the Indian Men’s Kabaddi team winning each of the 3 World Cups.