August 10, 2019

Shahid Qureshi - Hoopistani Indian Basketball Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy: Man's World India
One of the first Indians to play pro basketball abroad, an Indian international star, and a hero of Mumbai's most iconic court, Shahid Qureshi is today's entrant into the Hoopistani Indian Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hailing from Mumbai, Qureshi honed his game at the famed basketball courts in Nagpada and Mastan. A dominant power-forward, Qureshi was strong on both ends of the floor. He is widely recognised as the first Indian to play professionally abroad, after he was handed a contract to play in Sweden for the club Akropol in 1994. It was here that he picked up the nickname 'Djor', or the Bull, for his forceful style of play. Qureshi played two seasons in Sweden, including pro 3x3 basketball as well. He briefly played pro in Singapore, too.

Qureshi last represented India's national team in 1998, and was the last player from Nagpada to don the Indian colours. He worked for Tata Steel and has now permanently moved to the US.

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  1. Arvind D'Souza14 August, 2019 04:44

    it was about time someone mention Shaid Quereshi.
    Best Basketball Player India ever produce.I played against him many times,believe me we used to pray that he is not at his best so that we could play ball.
    He used to cry if he lose any match but next day god help the other team because he come out stronger.
    I find out He is in new york,usa now with his family his wife is junior international player also.
    all time best india basketball player
    Best male player - Shaid Quereshi
    Best Female player - Apoorna ghosh

  2. I am 100 percent agree with you.He bring TISCO and BIHAR Basketball from no one to NUMBER 1.
    I play for Kerala and then TN Basketball,no one can play in front of Shahid.He can score when he want,only problem with him was he was very angry.BFI don’t take care of players and this man always tell them the truth