Top Kabaddi players from across the globe will be going against each other in Pro Kabaddi League’s first-ever All-Star match that will be played on July 13.
The Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad will be a host for the game where an Indian 7 side will square off against a World 7 team in a one-off match. A first of its kind, Saturday’s clash between the star-studded teams will be a perfect curtain-raiser for Pro Kabaddi Season 7, starting July 20.
It will also provide for a perfect opportunity for stars to get some match-practice against high-quality opponents to get ready for the enthralling Season 7. The plethora of top-quality players on the show means that fans can expect some entertaining and action-packed kabaddi with both teams boasting a host of game changers.
The Indian 7 is set to be led by Tamil Thalaivas captain Ajay Thakur and is coached by Balwant Singh. With the likes of Maninder Singh, ‘King’ Pardeep Narwal and last season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) ‘Hi-flyer’ Pawan Sehrawat also in the ranks; it’s safe to assume that the World 7 will need to defend diligently to have any chance of success.
Deepak Hooda and Sandeep Narwal are also a part of the Indian contingent with both all-rounders capable of contributing in attack as well as defense. On the defensive front, experienced campaigners like Surjeet, Ravinder Pahal, and Girish Ernak have been entrusted to keep opposition raiders at bay.
World 7, on the other hand, will be eager to make a statement of their own and have a well-equipped team to do that. They will be led by Iranian powerhouse Fazel Atrachali and are being coached by E P Rao. Even without Atrachali, World 7 have enough firepower within their ranks to take the encounter to the Indians.
All-rounder Mohammad Nabibaksh, who’ll be making his VIVO Pro Kabaddi debut this year, will be one of his team’s biggest raiding threats along with Jang Kun Lee. In defense, the trusted duo of Atrachali and Abozar Mohajermighani will be shouldering most of the responsibility, making for a fascinating contest featuring kabaddi’s crème de la crème.
Indian 7 (Team):
Ajay Thakur (C), Maninder Singh, Pardeep Narwal, Pawan Sehrawat, Vikash Kandola, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Ravinder Pahal, Sunil Kumar, Girish Ernak, Surjeet, Sandeep Narwal, Nitesh Kumar.
World 7 (Team):
Fazel Atrachali (c), Jang Kun Lee, Dong Gyu Kim, Abozar Mighani, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, Lal Mohar Yadav, Mohammad Shazid Hossain, Emad Sedaghat Nia, Farhad Rahimi, Saeed Ghaffari, Md. Masum Karim, Tin Phonchoo.