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Kabaddi World Cup 2016
Kabaddi World Cup 2016: India cannot afford to take Thailand lightly in today's semi-final
The Kabaddi World Cup 2016 started with a shocker for the seven-time champions India after they lost the opening game on October 7 against South Korea. Although it was a slender 34-32 defeat, it was enough to serve as a wake up call for the team.

On Thursday, Anup Kumar said, "I could not sleep after the Korea match. All of us found it difficult to digest that we had lost the opening game,"

We held a meeting the next day to analyse where things had gone wrong. I told the players very clearly that if we don't learn quickly, we will get knocked out. Everyone, including me, was told about where we had fallen short, and after that we were determined not to repeat those mistakes," the skipper added.

After that defeat, India have not taken any opponent lightly, as a result of which they play today's second semi-final game against Thailand and are just two victories away from lifting the cup for the eighth consecutive time.

India has had some good wins after their first and only loss in the tournament. Almost all of their later games – Australia (54-20), Bangladesh (57-20), Argentina (74-20) and England (69-18) have been one-sided. This is sufficient proof that they are favourites to lift the title again.

India's raiders Anup Thakur (41 points) and Pradeep Narwal (33 points) are performing exceptionally well and are expected to do well against Thailand too. India's defence is well served by Manjeet Chhillar (17 points) and Surender Nada (15 points).

Thailand on the other hand are no weak opponents and have topped Pool B despite losing a game against Iran. They are a young side and have shown exceptional resilience. They beat Japan in a tough and tightly fought game on Wednesday. So, let the better team win today.

In another semi-final game today Iran will battle it out against South Korea. This match is expected to be a closely fought encounter. 

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