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Amjyot Singh confident of India's FIBA Asia Cup chances


Power forward Amjyot Singh believes that the Indian basketball team can still qualify for the continental showpiece in Indonesia despite two losses in the qualifiers in November.

The way the Indian basketball team tipped off their 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, a place at the continental showpiece looked all but assured. 

A close 68-67 loss to Bahrain was followed by a commanding 94-77 performance against Iraq in their opening matches in Group D. But following two heart-breaking losses to Lebanon and Bahrain, the Indian hoopsters find themselves in a tricky spot when the qualifiers resume next month.

The Indian basketball team is placed third in Group D and is scheduled to play Iraq on February 20 with a match against group heavyweights Lebanon two days later. 

With Lebanon and Bahrain taking the direct qualification slots from the group, the Indian hoopsters will have to ensure that they hold on to third place in the group to make it to the final qualification round later this year.

The Indian basketball team is placed third in Group D and is scheduled to play Iraq on February 20 with a match against group heavyweights Lebanon two days later. 

With Lebanon and Bahrain taking the direct qualification slots from the group, the Indian hoopsters will have to ensure that they hold on to third place in the group to make it to the final qualification round later this year. 

However, Amjyot Singh, one of India’s leading basketball players, is optimistic about his team’s chances. 

“I think I’m very confident in myself and my team because we have been working hard for the past month and we’ve been working on the stuff that is missing,” Amjyot Singh told FIBA.com in a recent interview.

“Hopefully, our young talent can come up and bring energy and our veterans can give experience. We are doing great and if there are no injuries and all players are healthy, I think we can do wonders in the upcoming games.”

In the final qualification round, the six third-placed teams from the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers will be divided into two groups of three with the top two making the cut for the main event in Indonesia from August 16-28.

Amjyot Singh is one of the more experienced players in the Indian basketball team. Photo: FIBA Media

However, the road ahead isn’t easy. With the team undergoing a major overhaul due to injuries and other reasons, the Indian camp lacks experience. But Amjyot Singh chose to look at the brighter side.

“We’re doing great as a young team and getting a lot of experience competing against some really quality teams like Lebanon and Bahrain,” said the towering power forward, who along with captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi are the only experienced campaigners in the side.

“If we would have won one or two matches, it would have been good for us, but at least the experience counts for the upcoming matches,” Amjyot said.



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