It was a clinical team effort once again by the Men in blue as they mauled Thailand 66-27 in their 2nd group A match at the ongoing Asian Games 2014 on Monday. Anup Kumar and Jasvir Singh continued to impress while newbie Ajay Thakur found a place in the starting 7 for the first time. The win saw a gigantic increase in the Indian Kabaddi Team’s margin of victory- they won by 39 points, compared to yesterday’s 15 point difference versus Bangladesh.
India owned both the halves of the game as they didn’t let the Thai team to gain lead even once. The raiding was electric, and the defense was rock-solid. India had a decent 14 point lead in the first half as the score read 29-15. Captain Rakesh Kumar came out to raid more often as compared to the match against Bangladesh. Jasvir Singh came up with some innovative offense techniques like his trademark back-kick, which he did plenty of times in the pro kabaddi league. Anup Kumar stole bonus points easily and Ajay Thakur too managed to pocket 2 points in a single raid on several occasions.
The second half saw points coming for India in almost every raid and defense as they scored 37 points in just 20 minutes. They gave away only 12 points in this half. Substitute Nitin Madane gave 3 points in a raid where he escaped from the Thai defense and managed to touch 3 of them. India managed to take 10 bonus points while Thailand got only 4.
India have qualified for the semifinals yet again and a Pakistani challenge awaits the defending champions as they come face to face in the last group A game on Tuesday. The 2010 Asian Games Silver medalists boast of some lethal players like Waseem Sajjad and Ali Nasir.