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India national basketball team

India IND
FIBA ranking 61 Steady
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation Basketball Federation of India
Coach Scott Flemming
Nickname(s) Young Cagers[1]
Olympic Games
Appearances 1(1986)
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
FIBA Asia Championship
Appearances 22
Medals None
South Asian Games
Appearances 4

Gold: 1995, 1999, 2004

Silver: 2010
Light jersey
Team colours
Dark jersey
Team colours

The India men's national basketball team represents India in international men's basketball.
It is controlled by Basketball Federation of India.[2]

A 1936 founding member of FIBA Asia, India has one of Asia's longest basketball traditions. Throughout its history, Team India qualified for the FIBA Asia Championship 22 times and is placed in the top-5 in appearances in this tournament with its most famous moment came in 2014 FIBA Asia Cup with the win against home favorties China men's national basketball team by 7 points.[3][4] 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.



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.[6]


1980 Olympics

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 Aussies 75-93 after leading at halftime 41-37.[7]

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.


Kanteerava Indoor Stadium has served the national team for training sessions.[8]

The late 90s saw the emergence of Sozhasingarayer Robinson the first Indian basketball player who gained considerable international attention. Robinson led India to a surprising victory over South Korea, one of Asia's top teams.[9] 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, 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.[10]


At the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship India was coached by former Sacramento Kings head coach Kenny Natt.[11] 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. Former NBA D-League and U.S. college coach, Scott Flemming, took over the team in 2012. The team won the South Asia Championship in 2013 with a win over Afghanistan in the championship game. India had two wins and finished 3 places higher (11th) in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship than in 2011.[12] The national team won the gold medal at the 2014 Lusofonia games with wins over Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, and Angola in the gold medal game. 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.


Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Jagdeep Singh Satnam Singh Bhamara Dishant Vipul Shah
PF Trideep Rai Anjyot Singh Sozhasingarayer Robinson
SF Talwinderjit Singh Yadwinder Singh
SG Hareesh Koroth Amrit Pal Singh Prakash Mishra
PG Vishesh Bhriguvanshi Narender Kumar Garewal

Head Coach history

Past rosters

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 Almedia, 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

Amrit Pal Singh, Talwinderjit Singh, Hareesh Koroth, Satnam Singh Bhamara, Yadwinder Singh, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Prakash Mishra, Trideep Rai, Amjyot Singh, Narender Kumar Garewal, Dishant Vipul Shah, Jagdeep Singh (Coach: Kenny Natt)

2013 Asian Championship: finished 11th among 15 teams

Amrit Pal Singh, Sambhaji Kadam, Pratham Singh, Satnam Singh Bhamara, Yadwinder Singh, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Vinay Kaushik, Arjun Singh, Amjyot Singh, Narender Kumar Garewal, Joginder Singh, Rikin Shantilal Pethani (Coach: Scott Flemming)

Competitive record


Olympic Games record

FIBA World Championship record

yet to qualify

FIBA Asia championship

  • best performance: 1975 : 4th
  • worst performance: 2007 : 15th

FIBA Asia Champions Cup

  • best performance: 2007 : 7th
  • worst performance: 2003 : 9th

Since 2003, the majority of India’s national basketball players compete under the team name “Young Cagers” at the annual Asian Club Championships.[13]

See also


  1. ^ BFI - About Us, Basketball Federation of India - Coaches Corner, accessed 4 April 2013
  2. ^ – National Federations & Leagues
  3. ^ – National Federations & Leagues
  4. ^
  5. ^ Pakistan basketball team named for 11th South Asian Games,, accessed 25 March 2012.
  6. ^ FIBA: 1975 Asian Championship for men,, accessed 17 October 201.
  7. ^ FIBA: 1980 Olympic Games : Tournament for Men,, accessed 17 October 2011.
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ Taiwan Hoops - Stankovic Cup Day 4 – Robinson’s 36 leads India upset Korea, 81-76 ,, written November 24, 2004, accessed 13 October 2011.
  10. ^ The Hindu - Sport / Basketball : Robinson not to play for India, TN,, written 4 Dec 2007, accessed 15 October 2011.
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ [1]

External links

  • Official Website
  • India Basketball Records at FIBA Archive
  • Asia-basket - India Men National Team
  • Presentation on Facebook
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