Bangalore Hi-Fliers

The Bangalore Hi-Fliers were a Premier Hockey League (PHL) team, based in Bangalore, Karnataka. Initially known as the Bangalore Lions, the team was led by Tushar Khandekar. The Hi-Fliers won the PHL twice—in 2006 and in 2008—more than any other team.

Bangalore Hi-Fliers
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Bangalore Hi-fliers emblem
Full nameBangalore Hi-Fliers
Home groundBangalore Hockey Stadium
(Capacity 1,000)
ManagerKannan Krishnamurthy
LeaguePremier Hockey League
Premier Hockey League Champions



The club was formed on the back grounds of inaugural Premier Hockey League in year 2005. It started off with many host of hockey superstars from India, Pakistan and Malaysia. Hi-Fliers is the only teams who in every edition of the PHL displayed tactical and strategic hockey. They have had a good mix of young and experienced players. In the first edition at Hyderabad, their squad had as many as seven members from the national team. They played well in the first leg but failed to maintain the same tempo in the second set of matches and finished a disappointing fourth in the first edition.[1]

Change Of Name and RiseEdit

The Bangalore Lions

In the year 2006 ING Life Insurance became the official team sponsor of Bangalore Hi-fliers and the team was re-christened as Bangalore Lions in the second and third edition. Lions went on to win league in 2006[2] and in 2007 they finished third,[3] before going back to the original name in PHL - IV and again winning league.

Lions Era (2006-2007)Edit

The Bangalore Lions team after winning the Premier Hockey League in 2006

Team's name was changed to Lions in 2006, the team played brilliantly throughout and finished as the second team in the league to enter the best-of-three finals and pipped local favourites Chandigarh Dynamos to win the second edition. In the third final, Bangalore's Hariprasad scored a classic goal - that one effort earned him a place in the Indian team for the Asian Games and the World Cup. In the third edition, Bangalore failed to make it to the final by three points and finished third. [2][3]


The Bangalore Hi-fliers team after winning the Premier Hockey League in 2008

Team's name was again changed in 2008 and they were now called Bangalore Hi-fliers. Hi-fliers went on to win the league in 2008. The greatest strength of the team is their star penalty corner specialist Len Aiyappa. The bald-pated drag flick expert collected the Top Scorer award in the first 2005. The team's fortunes depend on the ability of their forwardline to get enough short corners for Len to click. Bangalore had eight internationals in their team and is also served by one of the best goalkeepers in the country, Bharath Kumar Chetri. Its Korean import You Hyo-sik has the ability to make speedy runs and he was an asset to the team. They also had two more foreign players Oliver Rutgers and Sebastian Westerholt from the Netherlands. Skipper Tushar Khandekar was the star to watch in the forward line and he has the seasoned and talented Sandeep Michael and Hariprasad to bolster the attack. Sunil and Cheyanna, two upcoming youngsters are the ones to watch out for in the frontline. Former skipper Arjun Halappa had the ability to play as an attacking midfielder and they had Bimal Lakra, a trusted soldier in the midfield, as the fulcrum of the team's fortunes - who was also ably assisted by VS Vinay. With a mix of good players in all the departments who have the ability to play tactical modern hockey, Bangalore Hi-Fliers looked good for another shot at the title and they did what was expected from them. With their chief coach Ramesh Parameswaran joining the national duties, assistant coach and Olympian Ashish Ballal was in-charge of the coaching staff with another Junior India coach Edward Brient to assist him. Another former international CS Poonacha was the fitness trainer with the secretary of the Karnataka Hockey Association K Krishnamurthy as manager.[4][5][6]

Bangalore Hi-fliers Season By Season PerformanceEdit


Season Played Won Draw Lost ET-W ET-L GF GA GD Points position
2005 8 3 0 5 - - 19 22 -3 9 Fourth
2006 8 5 0 3 - - 16 12 4 13 Second in league won Championship on play-offs
2007 12 5 0 4 2 1 24 26 -2 20 Third
2008 6 4 0 1 1 0 13 10 3 14 Second in league won Championship on play-offs


First-Team SquadEdit

As of PHL 4 - 2008.[10]

Name Country
Tushar Khandekar (Captain)  
Bharath Kumar Chhetri  
Len Aiyappa  
Ajay Kumar Saroha[11]  
Arjun Halappa  
Vinaya V.S  
Bimal Lakra  
Vikram Kanth  
Hari Prasad  
S. V. Sunil  
Kamarjit Singh  
Olivier Rutgers  
Sebastian Westerhout  
Hyo Kim  

Note: The list of players was obtained from the PHL website.

Other Important Team Personnel

Former playersEdit


Former players
Name Career Country
Kuttappa 2005  
Irshad Ali 2005  
Chandrasekhar Xalxo 2005  
Pawal Lakra 2005  
Amar Aiyamma 2005 and 2007  
Sabu Varkey 2005–2007  
Sunil Ekka 2005  
Ravi Kumar 2006  
Ignace Tirkey 2006–2007  
Former Players
Name Career Country
Mommahad Waqas 2007  
Gurpreet Singh 2007  
Paul Blake 2007  
Laxman Rao NP 2007  
Bikramjit Singh 2007  
Suresh Kumar 2006–2007  
Bimal Lakra 2006–2008  
Prabodh Tirkey 2005–2007  
Bipin Fernandes 2006  

Goal KeepersEdit


Dates Name Country
2005–Present Bharath Kumar Chhetri  
2005 Kuttappa  
2006–Present P T RAO  

Club CaptainsEdit


Dates Name Country
2005–2007 Arjun Halappa  
2008–Present Tushar Khandekar  

International PlayersEdit


International players
Name Career Country
Kuhan Shanmugunathan 2005  
Mudassar Ali Khan 2005–2006  
Rehan Butt 2006  
Jordi Quintana 2006  
Paul Blake 2007  
International Players
Name Career Country
Thijs de Greeff 2007  
Sander van der Weide 2007  
Olivier Rutgers 2008  
Sebastian Westerhout 2008  
Hyo Kim 2008  

Club OfficialsEdit

Coaching And Medical StaffEdit


Chief Coach HistoryEdit


Dates Name Country
2005–Present Ramesh Parameswaran  


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ PHL-1 season review[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b PHL-2 season review[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b PHL-3 season review[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ PHL 4 Hi-fliers Team Archived 2008-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "PHL 4 League Standing". Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  6. ^ "PHL 4 Match Results". Archived from the original on 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  7. ^ a b c d e f PHL 1 - 2005 Season Review[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b c d e f PHL 2 - 2006 Season Review[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b c d e f PHL 3 - 2007 Season Review[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Current Bangalore Hi-fliers Squad Archived 2008-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "A great entertainer". Sportstar. The Hindu Group. 2 February 2008. Archived from the original on 19 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d e f PHL 4 - 2008 Season Hi-fliers Team Archived 2008-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ PHL-2 Bangalore Lions winners[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "PHL - 4 Bangalore Hi-fliers winners". Archived from the original on 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2008-08-14.