(Last Updated on : 25/08/2012)
Indian Basketball players have performed impressively in several international basketball tournaments, including the Olympic Games. India has produced a significant number of talented basketball players who have garnered acclaim in the international sphere.
Basketball has been a popular game in India since its inception and is mainly played in the high schools, colleges and universities in India. Basketball is regarded as one of the most widely played games in the country. The game started its journey in India several years back and has grown in popularity. The Indian basketball team (also known as the Young Cagers) is currently ranked fiftieth in the world.
India took part in the 1980 Summer Olympics, held at the Olympics Indoor Stadium and finished at the 12th position. Apart from the Olympic Games, the Indian Basketball players also took part in the other prestigious international and regional tournaments like the FIBA Asian Champions Cup.
Gulam Abbas Moontasir is considered a remarkable basketball player of India. He was born on 7th January, 1942 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He started playing the game of basketball at a very tender age of nine years. In the year 1960, Gulam Abbas Moontasir made his international debut in Mumbai
in an exhibition match played against Australia. He also represented the country in the Quadrangular held in Colombo in the year 1964. He was the captain of the Indian team in the Asian Basketball Championship that was held in Bangkok in the year 1969 and 1975. He was given the Arjuna Award in India in the year 1970 for his remarkable performances in this sport.
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (born 13th September 1991) is a professional Indian basketball player. He plays for the Young Cagers that compete at the FIBA Asia Champions tournament. Bhriguvanshi has already competed in most of prestigious Asia`s basketball events, including the Super Steung Cup International Invitational Basketball Tournament, the Stankovic Cup, etc. Jennifer Paes is a former Indian basketball player. She captained the Indian national basketball team in the year 1982, and she also represented India in 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Jennifer Paes is the mother of Leander Paes
, Indian tennis player. Another well known Indian basketball player is Riyaz Uddin. Born on June 22, 1981, he plays for the national basketball team of India. These Indian basketball players have made the country proud with their remarkable performances in national as well as international basketball tournaments.
Some other notable Indian Basketball players are Sarabjit Singh, Khushi Ram, Gurdial Singh, Hari Dutt, Gulam Abbas Montasir, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Surender Kataria, Anil Punj, Hanuman Singh, T. Vijayaraghawan, Om Prakash, Ajmer Singh, Radhey Shyam, Suman Sharma, S.S. Cheema, Parminder Singh, Ram Kumar, and others.