Making history, Pakistan Kabaddi team defeated the Indian side on the home ground on Sunday, claiming its first world cup title.
The final match has been an absolute thriller, as Pakistan decided to raid first after winning the toss. In the starting, India was leading and maintained the margin of a couple of points until the first session was over.
However, the contest for the world title remained neck-on-neck throughout the allotted time, two sessions of 20 minutes each with a break of five minutes.
The hosts won by 43-41 in a thrilling final match.
This was the first Kabaddi World Cup was held in Pakistan. India has hosted all of the previous six circle-style kabaddi world cups, with the most recent event taking place in 2016.
In the 8-day long tournament, the matches were held in Lahore, Faisalabad, Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib.
Teams from Iran, Canada, Australia, United States, Sierra Leone, and Kenya also participated in the event.
Over the historic win, social media kept buzzing with congratulatory messages, and to be noted Pakistani cricket players were also keenly watching the final.
پاکستان کبڈی ٹیم کو کبڈی کے عالمی کپ کی جیت کی مبارکباد پیش کرتا ہوں۔ ہمیں اس جیت کو اس خطے اور اس دنیا میں امن کے نام کرنا چاہیے۔ ہم سب کو آپ پر فخر ہے.#KabaddiWorldCup2020
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) February 16, 2020
COAS extends felicitations to Pakistan team on winning Kabaddi World Cup 2020. All participating teams performed well. Both finalists, competing in true spirit of the game, displayed exceptionally high standard of expertise in a closely contested game and deserve to be applauded
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) February 16, 2020
Shabaash Shero 💪🏻 🇵🇰
Wonderful game of Kabaddi and well deserved victory by Team Pakistan Congratulations to every Pakistani celebrating this win today.#KabaddiWC2020 #ApniMattiApniKhel #KabaddiWorldCup2020 pic.twitter.com/anXhTtlhnJ
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) February 16, 2020
What an entertaining final Pakistan is the world champions of the 2020 Kabaddi amazing final of a fantastic tournament which I always look forward to! 🙌🏼#KabaddiWC2020 #ibleedgreen 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/EvEs2j9Mvk
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) February 16, 2020
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) February 16, 2020
Congratulations to Pakistan Kabaddi Team on their historic World Cup win against India. Shabash Jawano 👍 👍
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) February 16, 2020
43-41 is the final score. And that’s after being down after the first half. Fantastic effort from the boys to crown Pakistan Kabaddi champions. Thank you to all teams for coming to Pakistan! #KabaddiWC2020 #ibleedgreen 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/pkrpLf97rz
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) February 16, 2020
— Junaid khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) February 16, 2020
Congratulations Team Pakistan 🇵🇰 winning #KabaddiWC2020 Watched it & enjoyed Kabaddi *Maza Aa Gia* well played to Team India also put up a Great show in final & Thanks to all Teams visiting Beautiful Pakistan & to participate in #KabaddiWorldCup2020 pic.twitter.com/we37iUeMII
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) February 16, 2020
Who’s watching the Kabaddi World cup final and what entertainment this is?!!
Crowd is electric and so is the action on field. Fantastic comeback by Pakistan🇵🇰 #KabaddiWC2020 🙌🏼
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) February 16, 2020
Congratulations to Team Green for winning Kabaddi World Cup Final against India
— Government of Punjab (@GovtofPunjabPK) February 16, 2020
Respect to Pakistan Kabbadi team for winning their first ever World Cup and congratulations to everyone who was involved in making #KabaddiWC2020 happen in Pakistan. And the nail bitting final was just perfect. Mubarak everyone 🇵🇰🏆 @FlaminkoInc @AmeemHaq pic.twitter.com/NGCS8fcrL2
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 16, 2020