This prolonged period of lockdown has really gotten our teams’ creative juices flowing, especially when it comes to their favourite sports like cricket, football, kabaddi, formula 1 or tennis. In our fantasy world, we thought what if the best athletes around the world come together to form a formidable Kabaddi team which could give the likes of Patna Pirates or the Bengal Warriors a run for their money.
We went through a gruelling process of analysing the top athletes to find out who fits the bill for different positions on a Kabaddi mat. As most of these athletes are serial winners, the camaraderie in the squad will be second to none and there will be more than a handy competitive streak in the team. Here’s our dream seven who’ll make perfect Kabaddi players.
MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI (Captain)
The finisher, dasher and the best cricketing mind around, it was a no-brainer that MS Dhoni will be leading this dream team. He has ticked almost all our boxes when it comes to traits required for a solid raider and a proper defender. He makes the perfect all-rounder and will always lead the side from the front, thanks to his calm composure even during pressure situations. His quick feet, pace and vision will come in handy when raiding while his muscle power and the ability to be fearless will make him a top-class defender. We expect both raid and tackle points pouring in from our very own Mahi.
RAFAEL NADAL (Left Cover)
The G.O.A.T of the clay court, Rafa Nadal will take to the mat as well as anybody in the world. He is predominantly a left-handed player, and with his muscle power and ability to make lighting fast decisions on the field, he will make a perfect left cover on a Kabaddi mat. His pace and his strength will add to the abilities he already possesses and it will be difficult for any raider to get the better of him.
SERGIO RAMOS (Right Cover)
Real Madrid’s poster boy Sergio Ramos looks a perfect fit for our Kabaddi dream team. His defending ability is on showcase week in week out. Ramos has the physical strength and the pace to be a wonderful right cover for any Kabaddi team. On the football pitch, he is currently the highest-scoring active defender, so he might just come handy with some raid points as well. His ability to out-muscle the attackers seem quite apparent on the football field and if it were to be translated on the Kabaddi mat, then we’d have a world-class right cover in Ramos. We believe the Spaniard will adapt to Kabaddi quite beautifully given his playing style.
LEWIS HAMILTON (Raider)
Six-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton is our first pick for the raider position. Lewis isn’t just lighting fast on the track but outside the track as well. His ability to make quick decisions in barely any time and having lightning fast reflexes makes him our star raider. Expect a lot of raid points from Hamiltoon. The Brit will need to adapt to the physicality of the sport but once he gets the hang of it, his lightweight, pacey and athletic figure is sure to torment the opposing team. He’s a serial winner and doesn’t take coming second kindly. He’ll surely get the competitive juices flowing within the squad.
CRISTIANO RONALDO (Raider)
The Portuguese once again seems like a natural fit for Kabaddi. Like the ‘Hi-flyer’ Pawan Sehrawat, Cristiano’s aerial ability will come more than handy on the Kabaddi mat. He is the epitome of athleticism and physicality, and will surely take the opposition by storm when on the mat. Even at 35, his pace is unquestionable and his vision is second to none. His strength will be an added bonus and Cristiano will be eager to cause havoc in the opposing half as he is used to doing on the football field.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK (Left Corner)
The only defender who came extremely close to winning the Ballon d’Or, Virgil van Dijk again seems to be a natural Kabaddi player. The Dutch is one of the best defenders in the world currently and will look to replicate his performances on the Kabaddi mat as well. His mentality, strength, physicality make him a natural left corner, one who will not let any raider breathe in peace. He is surprisingly quick for his height and that will make him a colossal of a defender. We believe Virgil will be class apart on the left corner and will give the 100 tackle point record in a season a good run for its money.
ANDRE RUSSELL (Right Corner)
The brute force of Dre Russell makes us believe that he’ll be an absolute superstar on the right corner of our dream team. The way he has won over every fan with his exploits in the Indian T20 League makes him one of the first names on the sheet. He is strong as a rock, brawny and has got the big popping muscles. He is remarkably quick for a man of his size and if he can keep himself injury-free, then Dre Russ will steal the show with his defence, that’s our guarantee.
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