India wins South Asian Games again

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Despite losing several of its key players due to commitment issues and its head coach, team India stormed to victory in the recently concluded South Asian Championship and by virtue of the victory, qualified for the Asian Championship to be held in China in September. India were without the services of Satnam Singh (recently drafted by Dallas Mavericks), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Radwinder, Ravindran Murali Krishna (not released by employers ONGC) and the duo of Amjyot Singh and Amritpal Singh (not released by Japan club). Even the coach S. Bhaskar was not released by his employer and the team was under the guidance of assistant coach GLR Prasad. Rikhin Pethani was named as the captain for the tournament. Despite facing so many hurdles, the team was hardly troubled in any of the matches and ended the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record beating Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives by comfortable margins. This was possible largely due to the dominance of the tall frontline and excellent defense. Tamil Nadu’s centre Aravind Annadurai was the top scorer in the final league game against Sri lanka (who were runner ups) with 22 points. A cash prize of 35,000 rupees was given to the winning team by the Basketball Federation of Inida (BFI) president, K. Govindraj. India has to face Iran, Japan and Malaysia in the Asian Championship and will be bolstered by the return of all the players and its head coach. With the full squad available and the whole team in such great form, it will be no surprise if it makes its mark in the Asian Championship.

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