There’s a famous picture clicked after Iran’s win over India at the 2018 Asian Games of a kabaddi player pumping the air in joy. He would go on to make his maiden Pro Kabaddi League stint as Bengal Warriors splurged INR 77.75 lakh to rope him in, with talk of his lethal all-around abilities preceding his arrival.

It was a deja vu of sorts on Saturday as we saw the very same fist pump again. The Iranian in question, Mohammed Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, shone with 10 crucial points as he led the Warriors to its first Pro Kabaddi title after a 39-34 hammering of Dabang Delhi at the EKA Arena.

PKL 2019 Final Bengal Warriors 39-34 Dabang Delhi, as it happened


Incidentally, it was Dabang Delhi that got off to a flyer. Naveen Kumar bagged quick points early on and some resolute defending saw Bengal Warriors reduced to three men in less than five minutes. It was only a matter of time before the All…

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