The national sport of Bangladesh and Nepal, the most popular sport in a number of Indian states, and played regularly by those in the British army, Kabbadi is an ancient sport with added 21st-century razzmatazz. And it’s on a comeback.
But let us just say, before we go any further, that no UK bookmakers currently offer kabaddi betting odds! If you’re looking for cricket, football, tennis, horse racing or anything like that, we’ve got your covered, but kabaddi, I’m afraid not – for now at least. We’ll just tell you a bit more about it, though, for when UK bookmakers do start offering odds.
To those unaccustomed to Kabaddi, just think of a mix between British Bulldog and tag, but played in teams, and you’ve basically got it.
And when I say basically got it, you haven’t got it at all because even though there are similarities between the two, it’s a lot more convoluted than that, and the scoring system does get a bit of getting used to for the beginner. The rules in the Pro Kabaddi League, Kabaddi’s answer to the Indian Premier League, are even more convoluted still.
But it ain’t half great to watch, and with the launch of the aforementioned Pro Kabaddi League in 2014, the game is going through a real renaissance period.
Backed by celebrities and multi-millionaire business owners alike, the franchised PKL is watched by nearly 500 million Indians – second only in viewership to the IPL – with crowds of over 10,000 a regular occurrence at Bengal Warriors and Patna Pirates games.
But it’s not just the PKL that attracts all the attention, Kabaddi has also been a part of the Asian Games since 1990 while the Kabaddi World Cup was reintroduced in 2016 after a nine-year hiatus.
On the international stage, India very much dominate the scene, though at the most-recent Asian Games they were dumped out in spectacularly shocking fashion by a Fazel Atrachali-inspired Iran in the semifinals, which was the first time that India had ever lost a Kabaddi game at the tournament. The Indian women were also defeated by Iran in the same tournament, which was their first ever loss too.
The previous Kabaddi World Cup’s have been plain sailing for the Indian’s though, with every men and women’s tournament going their way, and with another meet coming up in Dubai in 2019, it’ll be very hard to see past the Indians again.
And where can you bet on the Kabaddi World Cup, the Pro Kabaddi League, and everything else?
Well, in the UK at the moment, you can’t! But keep this page bookmarked because as soon we find some bookmakers offering kabaddi betting odds, we’ll populate the tables right away!
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