Basketball and India

FIBA Asia Cup: India's track record at the Continental competition

The Indians have been a regular at the FIBA Asia Continental tournament, participating in all but two editions (1993, 1999) since 1965.

Known as the Asian Basketball Championship (ABC) for its first 45 years until 2005, the FIBA Men's Asia Cup has been held in India just once - in 1981.

In its initial years of participation, India was quite competitive. In fact, over a 16-year stretch from 1973 to 1989, the Indian team finished around or within the top half of the tournament's final standings in eight of the nine editions including an impressive and very significant fourth-place finish in 1975.

Since then, however, in 12 Asia Cups, they have managed the same feat just thrice (2001, 2003, 2015).

MORE: India's road to the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifying Tournament

In recent history, they have easily booked their berth at the Asia Cup by winning FIBA's South Asia sub-zone. However, following the introduction of FIBA's new competition system in 2017, their route to sealing their ticket for the Continental Championship got harder.

That said, here's a look at India's track record at the Asia Cups:

Year Host Finish (Total teams)
1960 Philippines Did not participate
1963 Chinese Taipei Did not participate
1965 Malaysia 7th (10)
1967 Korea 6th (10)
1969 Thailand 5th (9)
1971 Japan 6th (9)
1973 Philippines 6th (12)
1975 Thailand 4th (13)
1977 Malaysia 7th (14)
1979 Japan 5th (13)
1981 India 5th (12)
1983 Hong Kong 6th (15)
1985 Malaysia 10th (15)
1987 Thailand 6th (15)
1989 China 6th (15)
1991 Japan 13th (18)
1993 Indonesia Did not participate
1995 Korea 13th (19)
1997 Saudi Arabia 11th (15)
1999 Japan Did not participate
2001 China 8th (14)
2003 China 8th (16)
2005 Qatar 12th (16)
2007 Japan 15th (16)
2009 China 13th (16)
2011 China 14th (16)
2013 Philippines 11th (15)
2015 China 8th (16)
2017 Lebanon 14th (16)
2021 Indonesia

Some of the nation's worst finishes have come in recent years. In 2007, they finished second-to-last in a 16-team tournament while in 2011 and 2017, they finished 14th out of 16.

Best wins in Indian Basketball history

Although not under the official 'FIBA Asia Championship', a couple of India's most iconic and memorable victories have come in a continental tournament organised by FIBA that was called 'FIBA Asia Challenge'.

In 2014, India stunned a powerhouse in China in Wuhan 65-58 behind a game-high 13 points apice by Pratham Singh and Amjyot Singh, while Vishesh Bhriguvanshi dished out a game-high seven assists.

Two years later, in what would be the final FIBA Asia Challenge, they did it again. This time, they beat China 70-64 behind a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double from Amritpal Singh.

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