Kabaddi World Cup 2016: From Virender Sehwag to PM Narendra Modi, here’s how Twitter hailed India’s win

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From: Firstpost By: Published at: October 23, 2016
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It turned out to be a perfect weekend for kabaddi fans in India as the national team went on to clinch the 2016 World Cup — their third consecutive title win — in style with the hosts beating Iran 38-29 in the grand finale in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

India lift their 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. Twitter/ Star Sports

India fought off a tough challenge from Iran to complete a memorable evening. In perhaps the most exciting match of this World Cup, the Indians overturned a first-half deficit with a superb second-half performance.

India have thus won all the three Kabaddi World Cups held so far. They have beaten Iran in the finals of all the three editions.

The experienced Ajay Thakur played a crucial role in the host nation's win with his raiding prowess. Iran enjoyed a stronger start and dominated the first half. But the Indians showed superb fighting spirit and aggression to pull off the win.

Thakur had started the revival early in the second session by claiming four consecutive raid points. His team-mates also showed excellent raiding and defending technique to edge out their opponents.

It was only natural for fans, as well as well-known personalities, to congratulate the team over the landmark win. From famous sportspeople (mainly cricketers), politicians, actors, to the common people, social media was flooded with pride-filled messages.

Let us then, take a look at some of them, starting with the Prime Minister and other politicians:

Congratulations to Indian team for winning the Kabaddi World Cup. The team showed exceptional skills, grit & determination. Well done!

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 22, 2016

World Champions! What a great game!! Congratulations #TeamIndia on winning the #2016KabaddiWorldCup. #INDvIRN #Champions

— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) October 22, 2016

#TeamIndia brings home the #kabaddiworldcup2016 Cup after an amazing performance in #INDvIRN finale match! Congratulations champions!

— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) October 22, 2016

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag continued to deliver in his capacity as a Twitter superstar. He did not waste the opportunity to hit back at British journalist and television personality Piers Morgan, with whom he has been having a long-running banter:

India invented Kabaddi & r World Champs for 8th time.Elsewhere some country invented Cricket & r yet only good in correcting typos. #INDvIRN pic.twitter.com/IG9fucAMMo

— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 22, 2016

Yeh Jazba ,yeh Spirit ,Hamka De De Thakur. Ajay Thakur, you are a rockstar. Haar ke Jeetne waale ko Team India kehta hain.Champions #INDvIRN pic.twitter.com/8S8PZ8IA6M

— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 22, 2016

Sachin Tendulkar hoped the sport of kabaddi would grow more globally:

Champions!! Invented the game and never lost the world cup! Such a proud moment for us! Hope it grows even more globally. #INDvIRN

— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 22, 2016

Several other cricketers joined on the occasion:

Wah mere shero buraaaah chaaa Gaye.. so proud of you.. love u all.. Champions! #INDvIRN #kabaddiworldcup2016

— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 22, 2016

Congratulations India on winning the #kabaddiworldcup2016.What a proud feeling to be the world champions. #INDvIRN pic.twitter.com/9bc3zNnv02

— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 22, 2016

Congratulations #IndianKabaddiTeam for wonderful display of skills & winning eight World title. We are proud of u

— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 22, 2016

As did the Bollywood stars;

T 2419 - INDIA RULES !! INDIA RULES !! INDIA RULES !! INDIA RULES !! INDIA RULES !! baaaaddduuummmbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !! pic.twitter.com/j4WhZlKKOW

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 22, 2016

Kabaddi…kabaddi…kabaddi. We are home. Congratulations India. Third title on the trot! Well done Anup, Ajay & the whole team. Champions!

— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 22, 2016

Congratulations team #India #KabbadiWorldCup https://t.co/vRUK2geuSK

— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) October 22, 2016

India did post a superb comeback in the second half. Here's why:

At half time: India 13, Iran 18 At full time: India 38, Iran 29.

Brilliant, brilliant comeback in the #2016KabaddiWorldCup final #Champions

— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) October 22, 2016

(With inputs from IANS)

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