India beat Iran to win their 8th Asian Kabaddi Championship title
India were crowned Asian champions after beating Iran in the Asian Kabaddi Championships final in Busan. It was a familiar face at the centre of it all. Pawan Sehrawat, returning from a nine-month injury hiatus, laid down the gauntlet with his second super 10 of the tournament India's 42-32 victory.
"I am feeling very good. I am playing Kabaddi after months, so this feels good. Our main target is to bring back the Asian Games gold. The whole team as a unit is determined to give their 100% to do that," Pawan said.
If there were any doubts about how Sehrawat would perform after his long layover after an ACL surgery, the vice-captain laid them to rest with his commanding performance at the Asian Championships over the last week as India won their eighth title in nine editions.
The matches against Iran were closely contested, on one occasion even leading the umpire to become involved in tackling players. The wins against them please the Indian team, especially because this event is acting as a precursor to the Asian Games - where the Indian team will have a point to prove later this year.