India vs. Iran, it was all down to the big game to decide the fate of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The final saw a thrilling contest. It was the Kabaddi World Cup final and India was looking to make it three titles in three. For Iran, the target was to avoid making it three losses in three. Incidentally, Iran tasted defeat to India in the last two World Cup finals and at the Asian Games.
For India, Ajay Thakur was the marquee man with 12 points and saw good support from Nitin Tomar from the bench with six points. Iran fought bravely and took the lead going into the first half break at 18-13, but Thakur changed the complexion in the second half and he was helped by some resolute defending from the hosts.
The second half changed the order of events in the final, attended by a capacity crowd, with India coming from six points down to create an eight points margin for themselves before running away with things. AND after 40 minutes of ferocious kabaddi, the previous sequence of events unraveled with India beating Iran by 38-29 thanks to a heroic second half display.
In the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup Pakistan was not invited to participate. Concerns around the security of the team compelled the organisers to drop the six-time runner up Pakistan.