A brilliant second half performance saw India stage a memorable comeback as they beat Iran 38-29 in the title clash to lift the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad on 22nd October. In a match contested between two titans of the sport, India beat a resolute Iran side to become the world champions. Riding on a terrific performance by Ajay Thakur's 12 points, India produced a strong comeback in the second half at the TransStadia Arena to send the packed crowd into raptures. The final was like a boxing bout as both teams traded punches and gave it as good as they got.
Kenya were named the emerging team of the tournament as they won a lot of hearts and almost made it to the semi finals. Jang Kun Lee who had a superb tournament was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Cup. The best referee of the tournament award was given to SMA Mannan from Bangladesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his happiness over this win and tweeted, “Congratulations to Indian team for winning the Kabaddi World Cup. The team showed exceptional skills, grit & determination. Well done!” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also congratulated the team and tweeted, “Congratulations to Indian Kabaddi team, its management & every Indian on winning the Kabaddi World Cup 2016. Well done team Kabaddi!”