That’s me and those guys
are players from UP Yoddha, a professional team that plays
the Indian sport of kabaddi. The defense has picked
up eight points. He’s come back because this
is a do or die raid and it is done. With Shrikant Jadhav perhaps… but Rishank Devadiga
has been the choice and he has struggled. Kabaddi is the second most-watched sport in
India and is even growing internationally, so what’s all the buzz about
and how do you play it? Kabaddi is played on a 13×10 meter court
and is separated into two halves by a midline. The game is played between two
teams made up of seven players each. The teams alternate between
raiding and defending. The raider’s objective is to go
to the other half of the court, tap one or more of the defenders and
return safely within 30 seconds. However, the raider must start repeatedly
saying “kabaddi” before he crosses the midline and can’t stop repeating this word until
he crosses back over to his team’s side. If he stops saying “kabaddi” on the opponent’s
side of the court, even for a split second, he is out. He picks up one point for each defender he touches, but
he must also avoid being tackled to keep the points. This is difficult as he can face between one
and seven defenders at the same time. The defenders have to work together as a unit, avoid the
raider’s tap and failing that, stop him from returning. Defenders get one point
for a successful tackle. Any player that steps or is forced
out of the court is then eliminated. UP Yoddha represents the
northern state Uttar Pradesh. The team is in its second season in the Pro Kabaddi
League and Rishank Devadiga is the team’s captain. So, kabaddi is all about a body contact
game. It’s basically like a rugby game. You have to be strong, you have to be fit,
mentally fit and also agile on the mat. For you, when you play in one of these Pro
Kabaddi matches, what’s the atmosphere like? How much pressure is there on
you particularly the captain? When Pro Kabaddi started we were told to face
the camera, the audience, and everything. It was a bit nervous at the start, but now we enjoy the
atmosphere, we enjoy the matches that we play. Kabaddi as a professional
sport is a relatively new thing. Until recently, it’s been seen as more of
a hobby only played outside the cities. Kabaddi was looked as
a rural, rustic sport. It was a sport that was not embraced by urban
India, completely overlooked the sport. The settings of the sport was such that
it used to be played on dusty bowls. Kabaddi on television?
Completely unheard of, “Why would somebody watch it?
How are they going to present it?” And that was what aggregated people
to come and sample the sport. In other sports, in cricket, for example, you have
to wait for a four, or a six, or when a wicket falls. That is the high point. In soccer or
football, it’s a goal, similarly in hockey. In kabaddi, every 30 seconds is a high point. It has got the potential of either being a
successful raid or being a successful tackle. The idea behind the Pro Kabaddi League
or PKL started back in 1994. However, it wasn’t until 2014, 20 years later,
that a broadcaster, Star Sports, came on board. The Pro League, now in its fifth year
has seen considerable growth in both investment and
audience numbers. From 2016 to 2017, the PKL increased its
viewership in India by almost 100 million. And while it’s still second to India’s premier T20
cricket competition, the Indian Premier League, domestically, the Pro Kabaddi League
is more popular than the Fifa World Cup, one of the world’s most-
watched sporting events. Investment in the league
has also increased. In 2017, Star Sports signed the biggest
sponsorship deal in India for a non-cricket sport, worth more than $40 million. As a result player salaries
have also increased. Following the 2016 player auction, the highest
paid player was on just under $130,000 This year it’s $210,000. For team owners and stakeholders
in the sport, more investment will help attract more
young players to the game. What ultimately a sport stands on is,
what does it do for its players? So what we have been able to do is to make kabaddi
athletes aspirational for sports lovers in India. Player salaries have gone up and
they definitely see themselves in the front line of the committee
of sports persons in India. Which means that increasingly being a
kabaddi athlete will become a viable career. That is at the heart of any sport. There are also signs of the
sport growing outside India. At this year’s Asia Games neither the men
or women’s India kabaddi teams won gold, and the men’s team didn’t
even make it to the final. Something that caught
the world’s attention. Of course, we are the country who lost, which is bad
for me as a fan, but then for our game of kabaddi, it’s an ultimate manifestation
of how the game is growing. There are two to three more teams who are
on any day, depending on the performer, are able to beat a country like India, where
the game was developed and grown. So, when a raider touches a defender
it’s done on an honesty policy. So, the defender will say, “Yes, I’ve been touched,” and
for a professional sport, that’s pretty impressive. However, that’s where the pleasantries end.
This isn’t a sport for the faint-hearted. Most of them are carrying injuries. One
person has a finger that is bent that way. Would you like to play with us? Umm, okay. So, got all the kit on. I’m actually really nervous. But first I need to warm up. That was just the warm-up,
I’m absolutely knackered. Warm up over it’s now time to play and
unsurprisingly, I’m picked to be the first raider. Straight in. Perfect. I’m exhausted. I can’t understand a thing but… Raid again? Rubbish! So, my raiding wasn’t great but
maybe I’ll be better at defending. I’m done, so tired. Holy hell. Thank you. That is not easy. Kabaddi is a serious sport. Hi guys, thanks for watching our video on kabaddi. If you
want to see more of our content, then check out these. And comment below the video to let me
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100 thoughts on “How Kabaddi became India’s fastest growing sport | CNBC Sports

  • January 10, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    Not a sport

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  • January 10, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    Ppl should have watched full metal panic more. Known this sport for more than 10 years.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    Football will be replaced someday, due to player head injuries.
    Kabaddi could be a replacement.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 3:58 am
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    So.. ..tag, but on steriods.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    I'm a kababi champion

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    Are deodorants allowed 🤪

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    How dafq is this a sport. It just looks like a kids game

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Some anime introduced this sport to me.idk that was really exist zzzz

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  • January 10, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    Iran won both male and female kabbadi in asian games

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  • January 10, 2019 at 5:13 am
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    This is how wars will be settled

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  • January 10, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    Looks like tag and wrestling combined

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  • January 10, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    Looks like fun but I can't help thinking it was invented by a bunch of kids that couldn't afford a ball or something

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  • January 10, 2019 at 7:19 am
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    Having to say kabbadi is stupid.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    TAG!!!! You’re It!!!! DOGGPILE!!!!!!🐶🐶🐶

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  • January 10, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    Most boring sport ever… After soccer

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  • January 10, 2019 at 8:44 am
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    Is this a joke

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  • January 10, 2019 at 9:04 am
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    So why don't they just try to tackle the raider right away?

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  • January 10, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    This used to on tv in the 90s in the U.K on channel 4 every Sunday afternoon. From what I remember it was quite exciting to watch..

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  • January 10, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    Is this a joke?

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  • January 10, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    Any sport looks fun to try……..

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  • January 10, 2019 at 10:06 am
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    Looks fun, I hope it gets into Olympic in the future

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  • January 10, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    I thought it was raping young girls and back packers

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  • January 10, 2019 at 12:13 pm
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    T Series training drill

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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    My family plays a variation where you have to say "ew" like in flew.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Can you imagine the body odor

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  • January 11, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    A bunch of grown men playing tag fucken fruit cakes

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  • January 11, 2019 at 2:08 am
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  • January 11, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    I wonder how India would stack up against the rest of the world in this sport… Maybe for once they would win in something else than cricket

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  • January 11, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    But before you play this game with indians, make sure they took a bath 🤣lol

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  • January 11, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    A sport version of Philippines Patentero

    We just not need to speak something as part of the rules

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  • January 11, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    Don't shit everywhere. Now that's a sport 🙂

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  • January 11, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    Whats the point of saying kabaddi all the time?

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  • January 11, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    Olympic sport asap!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    I like Sepak…This sport is very intersting also…

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  • January 12, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    Not only is this sport aggressive looking. But this is something someone could practice wrestling, jui jitsu, Muay Thai, etc. learning different variations of take downs. This sport will get interesting

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  • January 12, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    Haha is this pro Door knob !!!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 7:17 am
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    I'm pretty sure this is gay Indian porn disguised as sport….

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  • January 12, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    Superb game to watch. Channel 4 used to show it on saturday mornings in the uk. When i was growing up. As a Brit i loved it.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 10:18 am
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    Hello this is Microsoft

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  • January 12, 2019 at 11:10 am
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    Wow how lame

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  • January 12, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    So Tag is a sport now? Ok 🙄
    I played this when I was a kid 40 years ago and they act like it is new. 🤣

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  • January 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Ah c est comme ça qu ils s y prennent pour violer les femmes ? Je comprend mieux…ils sont entraînés ces batards

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  • January 12, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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    If this was in North America people would die. You would see suplex’s and head butts. Lol

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  • January 12, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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    lmao WTF!?!!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    INDIA = VIEWS ( its a simple spell, but quite an unbreakable )

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  • January 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    So you come up with tag when you have a large population that is very unatheletic globally. They have no athletic prowess.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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    This is called tag. And some country wants to establish it as a game to be recognised for. Smh

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  • January 13, 2019 at 3:01 am
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    kabbadi is becoming very famous year by year and even english premiere league players are playing during training for refresh mind.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 7:02 am
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    Its perfect for india. They can train their gang raping on a new level.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Another weird soft sport for Indians.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    this game should be played in the water

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  • January 13, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    #INDIANSREPRESENT

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  • January 14, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    Used to watch Kabbadi on Channel 4 in the UK years ago!!

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  • January 14, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    Grown Man playing tag 😃

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  • January 14, 2019 at 10:38 am
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    So it's kind of like steal the bacon. Cool.

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  • January 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    U dumb …it's called kabaddi not kabaaaaadddi

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  • January 14, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    I mean looks fun…but to like play…this not some shit id watch lol

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  • January 15, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    Ugh, looks like a childs illogical convoluted game

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  • January 16, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    This looks so fun and exciting SOMEONE PLEASE BRING THIS TO THE U S OF A! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  • January 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Can we see a sumo tutorial of this. Would be highly entertaining.

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  • January 17, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    kabbadi has been around a long time and originated in Pakistan. Trust te Indians to claim it

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  • January 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    India better be careful the white people will steal your new game and claim it as their own and try to teach you how to play your own game that you created..😎

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  • January 18, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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    Looks like fun…

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  • January 21, 2019 at 5:07 am
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    It sucks

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  • January 21, 2019 at 9:18 am
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    its does look interesting
    and they are fit!

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  • January 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    This is as stupid as rugby

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  • January 24, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    The password is: kabaddi :-/

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  • January 25, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    This looks incredibly fun, I'd like to try it with some friends.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    The game seem pretty cool except for having to keep saying kabaddi. That rule is like a child made it up. Actually this entire game seems like a child made it up. Seems fun though.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    *Native American

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  • January 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm
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    A few more minutes and that guy will get charred.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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    So in other words they are playing tag lool

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  • January 29, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    Do something on cricket

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  • January 30, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    This sport is a favorite among people within the homosexual community

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  • January 30, 2019 at 9:04 am
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    real kabaddi is played by 100 kg sikhs in a dirt field and has wrestling

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  • January 30, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    Didn't knew rishank can speak such good english.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    😮Careful we don't want this awesome shit getting to America🇺🇸 ….Build a wall 🚪around it …. a concrete wall🔲 …. A very strong wall….🚧

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  • February 1, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    i live in canada and about 10 years ago i walked in a wood burning over pizza place owned by a man from india and i was watching this for a half hour before i orded something and i asked him what game this was, mind you 10 years ago it looked like a cable access local tv show lol

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  • February 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    Even if it is a foreign journalist, its crucial to pronounce the name of whatever topic you are covering CORRECTLY. He's honestly not even trying. There needs to be a cultural editor who should approve these voiceovers and videos.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    Here after watching Ozzy man.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    This would be a great sport if it wasnt for the fact that they have to say the word constantly that just makes it seem retarded

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  • February 27, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    Kabaddi

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  • February 28, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    Kabaddi + Rugby = American Football

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  • March 13, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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    jajajajaja like the anime jajajaj kabadi

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  • April 7, 2019 at 7:20 am
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    i m from the city of UP yoddha

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  • April 9, 2019 at 7:56 am
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    Another issue is variants of the sport. In Punjab and Pakistan Punjab the sport is played on a massive round pitch that's about 50 meters in diameter, extremely popular locally and in NA. So attention is kinda split and it often goes on ethnic lines. In the villages round field Kabaddi is super popular, and the catch 22 is much less players, 5 Defenders instead of say 7 or 10.

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  • April 11, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    Kabbadi is a serious sport…uffff😂😂

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  • April 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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    Kabaddi is the most Manly and rough game sport I ever seen. And the people who's saying it's a gay sport just go and search PRO KABADDI matches on YouTube. You'll guy get to know then.

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  • May 6, 2019 at 5:38 am
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    Gully se ground tak khela h sabhi, time h cash kamane ka kyu waste kre money just play on MYTEAM11.com use my refer code 8Q7A5KS06E.

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  • May 6, 2019 at 9:29 am
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    Def looks fun!

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  • May 13, 2019 at 1:31 am
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    See circle style kabaddi one of its player is pala jalalpur

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    So we have this, world chase tournaments and CrossFitness sports. Wow. Going down hill

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  • July 13, 2019 at 11:14 am
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    Kabaddi was always popular just not shown on cameras yet.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    I don't care about watching it but it looks really fun to play

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  • July 14, 2019 at 9:34 am
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    kabadi is originated from Kerala ,it's our childhood memories

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  • July 22, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    I want Hockey India League also to grow! India as country can definitely sustain 2 more popular leagues (Hockey and Football) apart from the successful leagues for Cricket and Kabadi.
    Let us get more sports, more viewers, more commercials and more commerce! Get the local consumption pumping to keep the economy humming!

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  • July 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    What is it with these people and weird ass sports…

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    But…no-one's saying "Kabaddi"…

    Am I missing something?

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  • August 7, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    The thing i liked most in this video is 3:01…The legend Sunil Chhetri
    #backtheblues support indian football
    Plz make football in india to reach new heights as Kabaddi and then we will be a superpower in sports…
    Hit like if u agree

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