Pakistan Kabaddi team created history when they dethroned defending champions India by 43-41 in the high-voltage tension-filled final of Kabaddi World Cup 2020 and became world kabaddi champions for the first time at Punjab Stadium here on Sunday before a packed charged holiday crowd.
Pakistan, who had lost four world cup finals to India, matured fifth time lucky, trimming out their arch-rivals in a hotly battled affair, truly in keeping with to the final. Runners-up Iran was rewarded Rs5 million, India received Rs7.5m whereas winners Pakistan seized a mountainous cheque of Rs10m.
Congratulations to the Pakistan Kabbadi team for winning the Kabbadi World Cup after defeating India.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 17, 2020
Both Pakistan and their arch-rivals India demonstrated the best kabaddi throughout the tense final match. India, with a score of 24-18, took a lead of six points in the first half.
However, Pakistan regrouped and bounced back in the second half and gradually regained their confidence and ultimately won the historic final against their strong opponents by 43-41.
Captain Muhammad Irfan aka Manna Jutt and star corsair Shafiq Chishti were the star performers for the champions, rarely ever dropping a raiding opportunity.
The team completed a lap of praise after the match, celebrating as the fans roared in their courtesy.