Coach: We avenged the loss to Pak in Asia Cup
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Last month, the Indian Kabaddi team had lost in the final to Pakistan in the Asia Cup hosted by it. The margin was of about 7 points. So the Indian Kabaddi team had to avenge that loss. It was done on Saturday night in the Kabaddi World Cup, and with a huge margin, according to Harpreet Singh Baba, coach of the men's kabaddi team.
"We won by 59-22, and it was a huge margin. Last month, we had lost the game in Pakistan by only 7 points. So this time, we gave a befitting reply to the rivals," Baba told Ludhiana Newsline.
The Indian team won the tournament for the third consecutive time, defeating Pakistan in all the three outings. "We have the best raiders and stoppers and they practise a lot throughout the year. Apart from this, we had an 18-day training camp before the tournament. So all worked very well," Baba said.
Sukhbir Singh Saravan, the captain of the Indian team, is equally excited about the victory. "We made the Pakistani players run a lot and defeated them with a huge margin. We lived up to the expectations of the masses."
The players, however, admit that less competition from other teams proved a plus point as they still need to learn a lot about this game. "In women's section, competition was very less. The other teams still need to know a lot about this game. Our girls were well experienced. So it was a cakewalk for them to win the tournament," said Palwinder Kaur, coach of the women's team.
She added, "Players were from Punjab and Haryana in our team and these states play circle-style kabaddi a lot. It is not yet popular in the rest of the states of India as well. So outside countries will take a lot of time to match our standards."