Despite entering the tournaments as the overwhelming favourites, India were handed a defeat by a spirited South Korean side in their opening match. Australia, who are coached by former Pink Panthers player Navneet Gautam, will provide the next roadblock for the Indian team.
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India started with the duo of Anup Kumar and Jasvir Singh to score most points out of the do-or-die raids, but the decision to field similar players backfired miserably as Jasvir Singh accounted for zero points from six raids. Despite being one of the best defenders in the world, After Mohit Chhillar failing to register even one successful tackle, it is expected that the team will go with the combination of Rahul Chaudhari and Sandeep Narwal as its main defenders against Australia. For India's Saturday opponents, Australia, things look totally unpredictable as this is their first ever Kabaddi World Cup. But, the Aussies are being coached by Navneet Gautam, a former Jaipur Pink Panthers
India: Squad: Anup Kumar (Captain), Rahul Chaudhari, Manjeet Chhillar, Jasvir Singh, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Pardeep Narwal, Mohit Chhillar, Surender Nada, Surjeet, Ajay Thakur, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Kiran Parmar, Nitin Tomar, Sandeep Narwal
Australia: Campbell Brown (Captain), Adam Schneider, Benjamin Nugent, Matthew Kos, Nicholas Cunningham, Nishant Sangwan, Stephen Milne, Thomas Sharp, Dominick Lo Presti, Jasvir Singh, Kuldeep Singh
Venue: The Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad
Time: 21:00 IST
Live Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD2, Star Sports HD3, Hotstar
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