Cager Ravi Bhardwaj (left) has become the first player from the city to be selected in the Indian team, which is participating in the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Zone Qualifying Round for the International Basketball Association (FIBA) Asia Challenge on Thursday.
Chandigarh Basketball Association (CBA) general secretary Jugraj Singh Baidwan said, “Many other players shifted their base either to Haryana, Punjab or other states, so he is the first one from the city. He is young and talented. He came into national reckoning during the Senior Nationals held in Mysore. From there he was picked for the camp.”
“It is a opportunity for me and will help me reshape my career. I have been working hard with this aim in mind. Now after making the cut for the team, I am geared up to do well and cement my place in the side,” Ravi added, who scored 12 points for his side in the 96-40 win against Nepal.
His selection came after a month’s camp at Bengaluru.
Towering at 6’6’’ Ravi made steady progress winning many medals in inter-school, inter-university and inter-college meets. Ravi just finished MBA from University Business School in Panjab University.
“Ravi started playing basketball at a very young age. It was in school that the coach first saw the talent in him and encouraged him to take up the sport,” his father Sunil Dutt said, adding, “Later, he graduated from GGSD College, Sector 32. And all along he won medals in inter-school, inter-college and inter-university.” Dutt works in Punjab Education Department. Coach Amarjeet Singh said it was only a matter of time before Ravi made it to national team. “He went to play in the Universal Basketball Alliance (UBA) league twice in 2014 and 2015. In the first UBA he was adjudged best player and won a cash award too,” Amarjeet added.