India men's national basketball team

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FIBA rankingTemplate:FIBA World Rankings
Joined FIBA1936
FIBA zoneFIBA Asia
National federationBasketball Federation of India
CoachVeselin Matić
Nickname(s)Young Cagers[1]
Olympic Games
FIBA Asia Cup
SABA Championship
MedalsGold medal with cup.svg Gold : (2002, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021)
South Asian Games
MedalsGold medal with cup.svg Gold : (1987, 1991, 1995, 2019)
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: (2010)
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The India men's national basketball team represents India in international men's basketball. It is controlled by Basketball Federation of India.[2] The team made significant improvements as the sports of basketball is becoming more popular.[3]

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 26 times and is placed in the top five in appearances in this tournament. Further, India's basketball team won four gold medals and one silver medal at the South Asian Games and became the most successful team in South Asian region. India have also won the SABA Championship six times.[5] Team India celebrated its victory at the 2014 Lusofonia Games after they finished the tournament with a 4–0 record as they beat 11–time African Champions Angola in the final.[6]

Its most famous moment came at the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup with the win against home favorites and most successful Asian team China by seven points.[2][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. India became a regular at the event and had their most successful tournament in 1975 when the team even reached the final four.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

At the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship India was coached by former Sacramento Kings head coach Kenny Natt.[18]

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.[19] 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 in a non-Asian competition. In the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup India pulled off the biggest win in their 80-year history by defeating China on their home court 65–58. The establishment of a professional league was a major step in continuing this recent success the Indian team had experienced.[20][21]


Competitive record

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics
Year Host city Position
1980 Template:Country data USSR Moscow, Soviet Union 12th

FIBA Asia Cup

Year Position Pld W L
Philippines 1960 did not enter
Taiwan 1963
Malaysia 1965 7th place 7 4 3
South Korea 1967 6th place 9 5 4
Thailand 1969 5th place 8 4 4
Japan 1971 6th place 8 3 5
Philippines 1973 6th place 10 3 7
Thailand 1975 4th place 8 5 3
Malaysia 1977 7th place 9 7 2
Japan 1979 5th place 7 3 4
India 1981 5th place 7 3 4
Hong Kong 1983 6th place 5 2 3
Malaysia 1985 10th place 6 3 3
Thailand 1987 6th place 7 2 5
China 1989 6th place 6 2 4
Japan 1991 13th place 7 2 5
Indonesia 1993 did not enter
South Korea 1995 13th place 8 4 4
Saudi Arabia 1997 11th place 6 3 3
Japan 1999 did not enter
China 2001 8th place 6 1 5
China 2003 8th place 7 2 5
Qatar 2005 12th place 7 3 4
Japan 2007 15th place 7 2 5
China 2009 13th place 5 2 3
China 2011 14th place 5 1 4
Philippines 2013 11th place 8 2 6
China 2015 8th place 9 3 6
Lebanon 2017 14th place 3 0 3
Indonesia 2022 16th place 3 0 3
Total 26/30 178 71 107

Asian Games

Asian Games
Year Host city Position
1951 India New Delhi, India 4th
1970 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand 6th
1982 India New Delhi, India 8th
2006 Qatar Doha, Qatar 17th
2010 China Guangzhou, China 11th
2014 South Korea Incheon, South Korea 9th

Asia Challenge

FIBA Asia Challenge
Year Host city Position
2004 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan 6th
2008 Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait 5th
2012 Japan Tokyo, Japan 9th
2014 China Wuhan, China 7th
2016 Iran Tehran, Iran 7th

SABA Championship

SABA Championship
Year Host city Position
2002 India Assam, India 1st
2014 Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal 1st
2015 India Bengaluru, India 1st
2016 India Bengaluru, India 1st
2017 Maldives Male, Maldives 1st
2021 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh 1st

Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games
Year Host city Position
2006 Australia Melbourne, Australia 8th
2018 Australia Gold Coast, Australia 8th

South Asian Games

South Asian Games
Year Host city Position
1987 India Kolkata, India 1st
1991 Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka 1st
1995 India Chennai, India 1st
2010 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh 2nd
2019 Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal 1st

Lusofonia Games

Lusofonia Games
Year Host city Position
2014 India Goa, India 1st

Current roster

2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualification

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Depth chart

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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 (c), Radhey Shyam, Hanuman Singh, Tarlok Singh Sandhu (Coach: Major Makolath Rajan[24])

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 "finished 8th Among 16 qualified teams in Asia "
2017 FIBA Asia Cup[25]

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification

2022 FIBA Asia Cup qualification

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 [1] Archived 13 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine – National Federations & Leagues
  3. "Basketball becoming popular". Archived from the original on 11 May 2021. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  4. Jai Prakash, "Indian basketball team to feature in Dubai tournament" Archived 8 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Yahoo Cricket India, 3 June 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  5. Pakistan basketball team named for 11th South Asian Games Archived 23 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine,, accessed 25 March 2012.
  6. "Lusofonia Games '14: Indian men win historic gold; Women settle for bronze - Ekalavyas | Ekalavyas". Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
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  11. "Indian basketball team: A topsy-turvy trail". Retrieved 9 March 2023.
  12. "The first and last time India played basketball at the Olympics". Retrieved 9 March 2023.
  13. "Basketball at 1980 Olympics: India's road to qualification, roster, results, top performers and more". Retrieved 9 March 2023.
  14. [2] Archived 3 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine FIBA: 1980 Olympic Games : Tournament for Men,, accessed 17 October 2011.
  15. "Indian basketball team at the 1980 Olympics". Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  16. Archived 3 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine Taiwan Hoops - Stankovic Cup Day 4 – Robinson's 36 leads India upset Korea, 81-76 ,, written 24 November 2004, accessed 13 October 2011.
  17. Archived 25 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine The Hindu - Sport / Basketball : Robinson not to play for India, TN,, written 4 Dec 2007, accessed 15 October 2011.
  18. "I'm here to create a superstar, says India's NBA coach Kenny Natt". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  19. "26th FIBA Asia Championship : Schedule & Results". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  20. "Indian National Basketball League from January 4". Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  21. "BFI launch INBL (Indian National Basketball League), aim to take sport to higher standards across all formats". Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  22. Kushala, S. (22 May 2002). "Do we need one more stadium?". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  23. "From NBA to India: New basketball coach Phil Weber hopes to create a culture of success". Archived from the original on 25 August 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  24. "Former Indian basketball coach Rajan passes away". 10 October 2017.
  25. "India at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 -". Archived from the original on 24 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.

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