Pawan Sehrawat and Ravinder Pahal steer Indian Railways to their third consecutive Senior Nationals title.
It was a rematch of last year's final when Indian Railways went head-to-head with Services in the 68th Senior Men's Kabaddi Championship. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar International Sports Stadium witnessed another captivating battle between the two heavyweights. Pawan Sehrawat's Indian Railways got the better of their opponents 44-23 to lift their third title on the trot. Indian Railways and Services made their way to the finals after beating Rajasthan and Maharashtra, respectively, in the semi-finals.
Upholding his exceptional form, Pawan Sehrawat opened the scoring with his first raid of the finals. He was up against some quality defenders like Surjeet Singh and his Bengaluru Bulls teammate, Mahender Singh, but that didn't stop Pawan from making a mark. The Hi-Flyer went on to score a game-changing Super 10 when other talented raiders like Vikash Kandola and Rohit Gulia were struggling.
The game was wonderfully poised in the first half, but a sensational super raid by Pawan Sehrawat turned the match on its head. After conceding that all-out in the initial stage of the game, Services failed to bounce back. With 18 raid points under his belt, Pawan Sehrawat emerged as the match-winner for his team.
Dabang Delhi K.C.'s veteran defender, Ravinder Pahal, showcased his defensive brilliance with a splendid high-five. He scored 6 tackle points in the crucial final to take his side to the third consecutive Senior Nationals title.
Services had a brilliant run in this tournament leading up to this game. However, they were outplayed by a world-class Indian Railways unit. Naveen Kumar tried his best to keep Services in the hunt with his 9 raid points but failed to take his team over the line.