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India national basketball team

The India men's national basketball team represents India in international men's basketball. It is controlled by Basketball Federation of India.[3]

India India
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FIBA ranking 53 Steady[1]
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation Basketball Federation of India
Coach Philip John Weber
Nickname(s) Young Cagers[2]
Olympic Games
Appearances 1 (1980)
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
FIBA Asia Cup
Appearances 25
Medals None
South Asian Games
Appearances 4

Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: (1995, 1999, 2004)

Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: (2010)
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Light jersey
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Team colours
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Dark jersey
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Team colours

A 1936 founding member of FIBA Asia,[4] India has one of Asia's longest basketball traditions. Throughout its history, Team India qualified for the FIBA Asia Championship 24 times and is placed in the top-5 in appearances in this tournament. Further, India's basketball team won three gold medals and one silver medal at the South Asian Games.[5] Team India celebrated its most recent title at the 2014 Lusofonia Games after they finished the tournament with a 4-0 record and beat Angola in the final.[6]

Its most famous moment came at the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup with the win against home favorites China men's national basketball team by 7 points.[3][7] This win has been labelled as the "biggest basketball win in the nation's history."[8]




India appeared at the international stage for the first time ever at the 1965 Asian Basketball Championship where it started out as moderately competitive. Khushi Ram who captained the Indian team stood as second best scorer at the 1965 Asian Basketball Championship and even in 1967 and 1969 Asian Championship as well. In the following years, India became a regular at the event and had their most successful tournament in 1975 when the team even reached the final four.[9]


1980 OlympicsEdit

Plagued by a lack of popularity and support for basketball at home, at times, India faded into oblivion and only had a handful of successful performances. Its most noteworthy tournament appearance was at the 1980 Summer Olympics when the team got its chance to represent Asia due to the cancellations of some teams who took part in the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. A few of the world's top basketball powers at that time (such as the United States and Canada) withdrew from the tournament. India finished 12th out of 12 in the Olympics after getting knocked out in the Preliminary Round by losing all three of their matches and then losing all five of their matches in the Classification round.

While the results did not go India's way one game in particular caught the attention of basketball fans worldwide. India played against the Australian Team, one of the world's top basketball teams. India, which was made up solely of voluntary basketball players competed against the elite team of Australia for almost the whole game until it finally ceded to the Boomers 75-93 after leading at halftime 41-37.[10]

Many Indian players also made headlines while in the Soviet Union as well. Ajmer Singh gained worldwide attention as he was amongst the top 10 shooters there and became the 10th best pivot player in the tournament there.


The Kanteerava Indoor Stadium hosted the SABA Championship in 2015 and 2016. India won the gold medal on both occasions. Further, Team India has frequently used the facility for training sessions.[11]

The late 90s saw the emergence of [Jaldeep Dhaliwal], the first Indian basketball player who gained considerable international attention. Jaldeep led India to a surprising victory over South Korea, one of Asia's top teams.[12] Later, he became the first Indian player ever to get a contract offer from another continent when he signed for Negar sang Sharekord in Iran.

In 2005, however, a player Robinson complained that the structure and support for basketball in India was still mediocre and government officials did not do enough to support the sport. As a protest, he retired from the national team.[13]


At the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship India was coached by former Sacramento Kings head coach Kenny Natt.[14] Further, for the first time ever, India had its own strength and conditioning coach. Even though the team lost most games, its performance against Lebanon, which had made it to the final four at the previous tournament, superseded expectations.

In 2012, former NBA D-League and U.S. college coach, Scott Flemming, took over the team. Under his supervision, the team won the South Asia Championship in 2014. India had two wins and finished 3 places higher (11th) in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship than in 2011.[15] In 2014, the Young Cagers (as team India is often nicknamed) won the Lusofonia games with wins over Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, and Angola in the gold medal game. This was Team India's first title ever against non-Asian competition. In the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup India pulled off the biggest win in their 80-year history by defeated China on their home court 65-58. The establishment of a professional league will be a major step in continuing this recent success the Indian team has experienced. In 2011, plans for the establishment thereof were officially agreed upon.[16]

Competitive recordEdit

Asia ChampionshipEdit

Year Position Tournament Host
1965 7 1965 ABC Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1967 6 1967 ABC Championship Seoul, South Korea
1969 5 1969 ABC Championship Bangkok, Thailand
1971 6 1971 ABC Championship Tokyo, Japan
1973 6 1973 ABC Championship Manila, Philippines
1975 4 1975 ABC Championship Bangkok, Thailand
1977 7 1977 ABC Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1979 5 1979 ABC Championship Nagoya, Japan
1981 5 1981 ABC Championship Kolkata, India
1983 6 1983 ABC Championship Hong Kong
1985 10 1985 ABC Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1987 6 1987 ABC Championship Bangkok, Thailand
1989 6 1989 ABC Championship Beijing, China
1991 13 1991 ABC Championship Kobe, Japan
1995 13 1995 ABC Championship Seoul, South Korea
1997 11 1997 ABC Championship Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2001 8 2001 ABC Championship Shanghai, China
2003 8 2003 ABC Championship Harbin, China
2005 12 2005 FIBA Asia Championship Doha, Qatar
2007 15 2007 FIBA Asia Championship Tokushima, Japan
2009 13 2009 FIBA Asia Championship Tianjin, China
2011 14 2011 FIBA Asia Championship Wuhan, China
2013 11 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Manila, Philippines
2015 8 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Changsha, China
2017 14 2017 FIBA Asia Cup Beirut, Lebanon


Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.[18]

India men's national basketball team – 2017 FIBA Asia Cup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PF 6 Aravind Annadurai 24 – (1993-07-05)July 5, 1993 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Indian overseas bank  
G 7 Anil Kumar 28 – (1989-07-31)July 31, 1989 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Vijaya Bank Bangalore  
G 8 Rajvir Singh 21 – (1995-10-25)October 25, 1995 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Punjab Police  
G 9 Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 25 – (1991-09-13)September 13, 1991 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Adelaide 36ers  
C 10 Amritpal Singh 26 – (1991-01-05)January 5, 1991 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Sydney Kings  
C 15 Rikin Pethani 26 – (1990-12-02)December 2, 1990 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Income Tax Chennai  
F 22 Amjyot Singh 25 – (1992-01-27)January 27, 1992 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Punjab Police  
PG 24 Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi 17 – (1999-12-07)December 7, 1999 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Indian overseas bank  
G 46 Prasanna Sivakumar 24 – (1992-09-25)September 25, 1992 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Indian overseas bank  
C 52 Satnam Singh Bhamara 21 – (1995-12-10)December 10, 1995 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) Texas Legends  
F 77 Muin Bek Hafeez 21 – (1996-03-16)March 16, 1996 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Indian overseas bank  
PG 99 Talwinderjit Singh 30 – (1986-10-20)October 20, 1986 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)  
Head coach
  •   Philip John Weber
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Steven Philip John Klei
  •   Sebastian Padipurakkal Joseph
  •   Baskar Sappaniambalam
  • (C) Team captain
  • (NP) Naturalized player
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 8 August 2017

Depth ChartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Amritpal Singh Rikin Shantilal Pethani Ravi Bhardwaj
PF Amjyot Singh Arshpreet Singh Bhullar
SF Yadwinder Singh Prasanna Venkatesh Sivakumar Basil Philip
SG Vishesh Bhriguvanshi Hariram Ragupathy
PG Talwinderjit Singh Akilan Pari

Notable playersEdit

Singh (left) with the Indian national team in 2013

Other current notable players from India:

India roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
C Satnam Singh 21 – (1995-12-10)10 December 1995 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) Texas Legends  

  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age on 28 April 2017

Head coach historyEdit

Past rostersEdit

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1980 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 12 teams

Baldev Singh, Ajmer Singh, Parvez Diniar, Dilip Gurumurthy, Harbhajan Singh, Jorawar Singh, Amarnath Nagarajan, Pramdiph Singh, Paramjit Singh, Radhey Shyam, Hanuman Singh, Tarlok Singh Sandhu

1997 Asian Championship: finished 11th among 15 teams

Pankaj Malik, B.S. Gowtham, Gagnesh Kumar, Ashok Kumar, N. Appla Raju, Parmindar Singh, Nishant Kumar, Virendar Joshi, Jaldeep Dhaliwal, D. Swaminathan, Srikant Reddy (Coach: Major N.K. Singh)

1999 Asian Championship: not qualified

2001 Asian Championship: finished 8th among 14 teams

Vinay Kumaryadan, J.Murli, B.J. Jadeja, Mohit Bhandari, S.Sridhar, Parmindar Singh, Ranjeet Singh, Austin Almeida, Sozhasingarayer Robinson, Suresh Ranot, M.S. Sabeer Ahamed, Des Raj (Coach: Keshav Kumar Chansoria)

2003 Asian Championship: finished 8th among 16 teams

Sambhaji Kadam, Gagnesh Kumar, Mihir Pandey, S. Gopinath, S.Sridhar, Parmindar Singh, Muraleekrishna Ravindran, Trideep Rai, Sozhasingarayer Robinson, Riyaz Uddin, Snehpal Singh, Des Raj

2005 Asian Championship: finished 12th among 16 teams

Sambhaji Kadam, Shiv Kumar, Mihir Pandey, Anoop Mukkanniyil, Yadwinder Singh, Rajanna Sanjay Raj, Muraleekrishna Ravindran, Trideep Rai, Sozhasingarayer Robinson, Riyaz Uddin, Talwinderjit Singh, Jagdeep Singh (Coach: Jay Prakash Singh)

2007 Asian Championship: finished 15th among 16 teams

Sambhaji Kadam, Shiv Kumar, Ravikumar Krishnasamy, Anoop Mukkanniyil, Roshan Thankachan Padavetiyil, Rajanna Sanjay Raj, Muraleekrishna Ravindran, Trideep Rai, Dilawar Singh, Riyaz Uddin, Lokesh Yodav, Jagdeep Singh (Coach: Aleksandar Bucan)

2009 Asian Championship: finished 13th among 16 teams

Sambhaji Kadam, Talwinderjit Singh, Hareesh Koroth, Harpalsinh Vaghela, Sunil Kumar Rathee, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Prakash Mishra, Vineeth Revi Mathew, Abhilek Paul, Jayram Jat, Dinesh Comibatore, Jagdeep Singh (Coach: Aleksandar Bucan)

2011 Asian Championship: finished 14th among 16 teams

2013 Asian Championship: finished 11th among 15 teams

2014 Asian Games: finished 12th among 16 teams

2015 FIBA Asia Championship



2015: Roox [19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking for Men". Fiba.Com. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  2. ^ BFI - About Us, Basketball Federation of India - Coaches Corner, accessed 4 April 2013
  3. ^ a b – National Federations & Leagues
  4. ^ Jai Prakash, "Indian basketball team to feature in Dubai tournament", Yahoo Cricket India, 3 June 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  5. ^ Pakistan basketball team named for 11th South Asian Games,, accessed 25 March 2012.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "FIBA LiveStats". Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ FIBA: 1975 Asian Championship for men,, accessed 17 October 201.
  10. ^ FIBA: 1980 Olympic Games : Tournament for Men,, accessed 17 October 2011.
  11. ^ NBA All-Star Dwight Howard to Embark on Tour of India to Help Grow the Game of Basketball,, 4 August 2011, accessed 4 April 2013
  12. ^ Taiwan Hoops - Stankovic Cup Day 4 – Jaldeep's 36 leads India upset Korea, 81-76 ,, written 24 November 2004, accessed 13 October 2011.
  13. ^ The Hindu - Sport / Basketball : Robinson not to play for India, TN,, written 4 Dec 2007, accessed 15 October 2011.
  14. ^ "I'm here to create a superstar, says India's NBA coach Kenny Natt - Times of India". Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Hoopistani: India to have professional basketball league, Hoopistani - Basketball, 21 June 2010, accessed 3 Feb 2016.
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ "India at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 -". Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  19. ^ 2015 FIBA Asia Championship – India,, accessed 16 February 2016.

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