Geethu Anna Rahul: "I want to be a role model for other youngsters."
John Wooden: “It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi: “I never imagined I’ll be leading the national team.”
Pratham Singh: “My teammates are like my family.”

“Having the support of the crowd is important to win, and putting in a great performance is our only goal."

This month’s FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in Bengaluru is indeed an opportunity beckoning for Shireen Limaye to prove a point or two.

“It means the world to me because it's happening in our country and in front of our home crowd.”

For a player, who at that time was the youngest ever to compete in any FIBA Asia Women’s Championship, Shireen has remained an underachiever.

Considered a prodigy at the age of 15, when she made her debut for the senior National Team at the 2011 FIBA Championship for Women, the 179cm (5’10”) small forward has gone through a rather checkered career – spending more time off the court due to injuries than she should have on it.



Shireen herself is the first one to admit this with characteristic candor.

“My toughest opponent is myself. I focus on beating my inner self and performing at my best.”

This will be her fourth appearance in Asia’s premier Cup, after consistently improving on her performances at the 2013 (Bangkok) and 2015 (Wuhan) editions.

“Having the support of the crowd is important to win, and putting in a great performance is our only goal. I hope after watching the games at the Asia Cup, people will start respecting the sport more in India and step up to play. It's just a great opportunity for the growth of basketball in the country.”


Multi faceted talent

For the uninitiated, Shireen has represented India in netball and snooker - but her first love remains basketball.

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India is hosting the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup from 23rd to 29th July 2017 in Bengaluru.

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India’s campaign tips off against Uzbekistan on Sunday, 23rd July at 8 pm.






















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