December 11, 2016

Indian basketball team heads to Hong Kong for 21st Super Kung Sheung Cup

India's senior men’s basketball team is all set to participate in the 21st Best Mart 360° Super Kung Sheung Cup International Basketball Invitation Championship, which will take place in Hong Kong, at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium from December 13-18. Nine teams, including national teams and local clubs from Hong Kong, will be taking part in this tournament.

In the lead up to this Championship, the Indian men’s team has been training in Indore for almost three weeks. Head Coached by Bhaskar Sappaniambalam, the Indian team sees the return of established stars Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (captain), Amrit Pal Singh, Pratham Singh, Yadwinder Singh, Rikin Pethani, Arvind Arumugam, Aravind Annadurai, Akilan Pari and Prasanna Venkatesh. Chandigarh’s 24-year-old centre Ravi Bhardwaj who made his international debut earlier this year, retains his place in the side. Junior India captain P Baladhaneshwar and Karnataka’s Anil Kumar Gowda, will be making their senior India debuts.

Veteran Australian Coach Damian Cotter visited India's Men's Basketball Camp in Indore last week.

Southern California Fukienese Association won the 20th Super Kung Sheung Cup 2015. India last participated in the 17th iteration of the Championship in 2010, where the reached the semi-finals and finished at fourth place.

Participating Teams

  • Group 1: Malaysia, Guangxi Wei Zhuang Basketball Club (China), Eastern Long Lions (Hong Kong).
  • Group 2: SCAA (Hong Kong), Singapore, Southern California Fukienese Association (USA).
  • Group 3: Thailand, India, Winling (Hong Kong).

Team India Roster
  • Ravi Bhardwaj
  • Anil Kumar Gowda
  • Pratham Singh
  • Vishesh Bhriguvanshi - captain
  • Amrit Pal Singh
  • Yadwinder Singh
  • Rikin Pethani
  • Aravind Annadurai
  • Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi
  • Arvind Arumugam
  • Prasanna Sivakumar
  • Akilan Pari
  • Head Coach: Bhaskar Sappaniambalam
  • Assistant Coach: Srinivasa Murthy
  • Team Manager: Ashok Kumar Sahu

India’s League Round Schedule (all timings IST)
  • 13th December: India vs Winling - 6:15 PM.
  • 15th December: India vs Thailand - 1:30 PM.

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