The Asian Games will see Indian Kabaddi recapture its glory days as the action gets underway at the Jiaoshan Guali Sports Center on Monday.
What does the Indian men’s kabaddi team look like?
It’s a fairly young squad, led by the country’s most sought-after kabaddi star: Pawan Sehrawat. The team is the same team that won the Asian Kabaddi Championship in June, the only change being Akash Shinde replacing Mohit Gowat.
One big name missing from India’s 12-man squad is Pardeep Narwal, but his omission is not surprising considering his recent form.
What is the condition of the women’s team?
India is fielding a new-look women’s team with just four members from the 2018 team The squad, training under coach Tejaswini in Mumbai, had no international exposure recently. Unlike the men, the women haven’t even played in a tournament recently, the last as a national team in March.
Indian Men’s Full Kabaddi Squad for 2023 Asian Games: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Nitesh Kumar, Parvesh Vainswal, Sunil Kumar, Nitin Rawal, Surjeet Singh, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sachin Tanwar, Arjun Deshwal, Aslam Inamder, Akash Shinde and Naveen Kumar Gowat.
Indian Women’s Full Kabaddi Squad for 2023 Asian Games: Akshima, Jyoti, Pooja, Pooja, Priyanka, Pushpa, Sakshi Kumari, Ritu Negi, Nishi Sharma, Sushma Sharma, Snehal Shinde and Sonali Shingate.
Who are India’s competitors?
The only real contender for the Indian men’s and women’s teams: Iran.
The Iran men’s team is a force to be reckoned with, led by U Mumba coach Golamreza. Many of their players ply their trade in the Pro Kabaddi League and are well versed with the Indian style of play. Their key players include Mohammadreza Shadlui and Fazel Atrachali.
The Indian men also suffered an uncharacteristic loss to South Korea in the 2018 Games, but are unlikely to face stiff competition from them this time as most of their star players such as Jang Kun-li and Dong Geon-li are not part of the squad. ..
Iran’s women’s team has also improved by leaps and bounds and will be looking to retain their gold. Coached by Shailaja Jain of India, the team had a training camp in Mumbai last month, where they played a bunch of friends along with the local team.
The Indian women’s team will also have to look out for the Thailand team, which is coached by former PKL player Tin Phonchoo.
What is the probability of getting a medal in Indian Kabaddi?
The answer is simple: beat Iran and you have a clear shot at gold. And this applies to both men and women.
As seen in the Asian Kabaddi Championship, where all teams except Iran have fielded their best teams, there is very little competition at the Asian level. [or even the world, for that matter]. Avoiding a strange defeat, the Indian men should have no trouble easing through the group stage and setting up a mouth-watering gold medal clash against Iran.
The women’s field is a bit more competitive, but that won’t stop the Indian team from wresting gold from Iran.
Which other Indians are coaching foreign teams?
One more: Srinivas Reddy.
Srinivas, who coached the Telugu Titans in the PKL, is in charge of the Bangladesh men’s team.
What is the format of Kabaddi in Asian Games?
The teams will be divided into two groups and a round-robin format will be employed where each country will play against every other country in its group. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals.
Much like boxing, reaching the semi-finals guarantees a country a bronze medal.
History of Indian Kabaddi at Asian Games
India had won gold in every edition of the Asian Games till 2018 – such was their dominance. The men’s team has won seven successive golds since 1990, while the women’s team won the top prize in 2010 and 2014. However, that incredible run ended in 2018 when both teams lost the yellow metal to Iran. The Indian men’s kabaddi team won a disappointing bronze, while the women won the silver.