Bhopal Badshahs

Bhopal Badshahs (BB) was hockey team from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh that competes in the World Series Hockey championship. The captain of the team is Sameer Dad, part of the Indian National Hockey Team. Bhopal Badshahs was coached by Vasudevan Bhaskaran, who led the Indian hockey team to victory in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Badshahs defeated Chandigarh Comets in the inaugural match of 2012 World Series Hockey 4-3.[1] Aishbagh Stadium, Bhopal is the home ground of Bhopal Badshahs.

Bhopal Badshahs
Bhopal Badshahs Logo
Full nameBhopal Badshahs
Home groundAishbagh Stadium, Bhopal
(Capacity 10,000)
OwnerDainik Bhaskar
CoachIndia Vasudevan Bhaskaran
WebsiteOfficial Facebook Page

Sponsors and partners

Dainik Bhaskar was the global partner for Bhopal Badshahs.[2][3]

Team composition

The team was captained by Sameer Dad with Vasudevan Bhaskaran as coach. Initially the team was to be led by Sardara Singh but he opted not to play in the tournament as a result of his selection in the national team to play in London Olympics.[4]

Player Nationality Goals
Goal Keepers
Baljeet Singh  India -
Harmanpreet Singh Jr.  India -
Armaan Qureshi  India
Ganendrajit Ningombam  India
Geowynne Kyle Gamiet  South Africa 1
Lalit Kumar Upadhyay  India 3
N. Senthil Kumar  India
Sameer Dad (Captain)  India 4
Shivendra Singh  India
Tushar Khandekar  India
Affan Yousuf  India 5
Mid Fielders
Waseem Ahmad  Pakistan 4
Alfonso Pombo  Spain
Casey Henwood  New Zealand 3
A.B. Cheeyanna  India 1
Azam Baig  India
C. Alemada Bopaiah  India
David Seddon  England
Girish Ravaji Pimpale  India
Harmanpreet Singh Sr.  India
Karan Laxman Bhaskaran  India 7
Mohammad Sahir  India
Rajesh Kumar  India
Ranjit Singh  India
Sardara Singh  India
Ajay Kumar  India
Andrew Eversden  England
Baljinder Singh  India
Cariappa A.D.  India
Ganendrajit Ningombam  India
Harbir Singh  India
Kangujam Suresh Singh  India
Mudassar Ali Khan  Pakistan 1
Raghunath V.R.  India
Shailendra Singh Bundela  India 3



Performance summary
Season Matches Won Drawn Lost Win%
2012 14 5 2 7 41.67%
Performance Details
Goals For 32 (2.29 per match)
Goals Against 37 (2.64 per match)
Most Goals India Karan Laxman Bhaskaran (7 goals)
Current Position: 10th
Performance by Oppositions
Opposition Matches Won Drawn Lost For Against Win%
Chandigarh Comets 2 1 1 0 8 7 100.00%
Chennai Cheetahs 2 1 0 1 4 5 50.00%
Delhi Wizards 2 1 0 1 3 4 50.00%
Karnataka Lions 2 1 0 1 5 6 50.00%
Mumbai Marines 2 1 0 1 2 2 50.00%
Pune Strykers 2 0 1 1 5 6 0.00%
Sher-e-Punjab 2 0 0 2 5 7 0.00%

Fixtures and Results


No. Date Score Opponent Venue Report
1 29 February 4 - 3 Chandigarh Comets Chandigarh Match 1
2 2 March 0 - 1 Mumbai Marines Mumbai Match 5
3 5 March 3 - 1 Karnataka Lions Bangalore Match 11
4 7 March 1 - 1 Pune Strykers Pune Match 16
5 9 March 2 - 1 Delhi Wizards Bhopal Match 20
6 10 March 2 - 3 Sher-e-Punjab Bhopal Match 22
7 12 March 3 - 1 Chennai Cheetahs Bhopal Match 26
8 15 March 1 - 3 Delhi Wizards Delhi Match 30
9 17 March 3 - 4 Sher-e-Punjab Jalandhar Match 33
10 20 March 1 - 4 Chennai Cheetahs Chennai Match 38
11 24 March 4 - 4 Chandigarh Comets Bhopal Match 43
12 25 March 2 - 1 Mumbai Marines Bhopal Match 46
13 27 March 2 - 5 Karnataka Lions Bhopal Match 50
14 29 March 4 - 5 Pune Strykers Bhopal Match 54
Position in League Phase: 7th
Failed to qualify for semi-finals


  1. ^ "WSH: Bhopal Badshahs down Chandigarh Comets in opener". The Times of India. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Dainik Bhaskar to partner Bhopal Badshahs in WSH". 23 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Dainik Bhaskar, World Series Hockey in strategic partnership". 23 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Star players unlikely to take part in World Series Hockey". NDTV. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Bhopal Badshahs". World Series Hockey. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.

See also

World Series Hockey

2012 World Series Hockey

2012 World Series Hockey better known as Bridgestone World Series Hockey, abbreviated as Bridgestone WSH, was the first season of the hockey tournament World Series Hockey, a professional league for field hockey in India. The tournament was to take place from 17 December 2011 to 22 January 2012 but later was postponed to 29 February 2012 owing to Olympic qualifiers. Eight teams took part in this competition. The opening ceremony and the first match was held at Sector 42 Stadium, Chandigarh, where Bhopal Badshahs beat Chandigarh Comets 4–3.The inaugural season of the WSH was won by Sher-e-Punjab by defeating Pune Strykers 5–2 in the final at Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Mumbai and thus became the first champions of WSH. Chandigarh Comets' drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh was named WSH Rockstar (Player of the tournament) (19 goals in 15 matches) who also shared the golden stick with Pakistan's Syed Imran Warsi for 19 goals apiece.

Aishbagh Stadium

Aishbagh Stadium is a field hockey stadium in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. It has a seating capacity of more than 10,000 people.

In 2009, a newly laid poly grass and flood light system was unveiled at the stadium. It is the home venue for the World Series Hockey team, Bhopal Badshahs. The Obaidullah Gold Cup hockey tournament is the major International tournament organize every year.

In 2014, the Stadium hosted 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B) final where Assam beat Himachal Pradesh by 3-2.


Bhopal (; Hindustani pronunciation: [bʱoːpaːl] (listen)) is the capital city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and the administrative headquarters of Bhopal district and Bhopal division. The city was the capital of the former Bhopal State. Bhopal is known as the City of Lakes for its various natural as well as artificial lakes and is also one of the greenest cities in India. It is the 17th largest city in the country and 131st in the world.

A Y-class city, Bhopal houses various educational and research institutions and installations of national importance, including ISRO's Master Control Facility, BHEL, and AMPRI. Bhopal is home to the largest number of Institutes of National Importance in India, namely IISER, MANIT, SPA, AIIMS, NLIU and IIIT (currently functioning from a temporary campus inside MANIT) .

The city attracted international attention in December 1984 after the Bhopal disaster, when a Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide manufacturing plant (now owned by Dow Chemical Company) leaked a mixture of deadly gases composed mainly of methyl isocyanate, leading to one of the worst industrial disasters in the world's history. The Bhopal disaster continues to be a part of the socio-political debate and a logistical challenge for the people of Bhopal.Bhopal was selected as one of the first twenty Indian cities (the first Phase) to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission.

Chandigarh Comets

Chandigarh Comets (CCO) is hockey team based in Chandigarh, which is one of the eight teams that plays in World Series Hockey. Pakistani striker Rehan Butt is the captain of the team and Harendra Singh is the coach. Sector 42 Stadium is the home ground of Chandigarh Comets.Chandigarh Comets were at the top of the table in the league phase but ended up as the semi-finalists of the inaugural edition of WSH. They lost to Pune Strykers in the semi-final 3–4 in the penalty shoot-outs. Gurjinder Singh was leading goal scorer for the team who also top-scored in the tournament along with Syed Imran Warsi with 19 goals apiece.

Chennai Cheetahs

Chennai Cheetahs (CCH) is a field hockey team based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, that plays in World Series Hockey. It is owned by Chennai Sports Organisers Private Limited (CSO). The team is captained by the Australian Brent Livermore and coached by the Spaniard Jose Brasa. The team's home ground is the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium.

Delhi Wizards

Delhi Wizards (DW) is a hockey team based in Delhi that plays in the World Series Hockey. Its captain is the Pakistani stryker Shakeel Abbasi. The team is owned by Wizcraft International and coached by former coach of Dutch hockey team Roelant Oltmans and Darryl d'Souza. Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi is the home ground of Delhi Wizards.

Karnataka Lions

Karnataka Lions (abbreviated as KL) is a hockey team based in Bangalore, Karnataka that plays in the World Series Hockey. The team is led by Indian hockey player Arjun Halappa and coached by former Indian captain Jude Felix. The team is owned by Sporting Ace Pvt. Ltd. (Zentrum Group). Bangalore Hockey Stadium in Bangalore is the home ground of Karnataka Lions.

Karnataka Lions ended-up as the semi-finalists in the inaugural edition of WSH after being knocked out by Sher-e-Punjab in the semi-final. They finished third in the group stage. Team's penalty corner specialist Len Aiyappa was the top scorer for the team and third overall in the season with 13 goals in 12 matches.

List of World Series Hockey players

This is a list players signed to play in the World Series Hockey, which was scheduled to commence play on December 17, 2011 but was later postponed to February 29, 2012.

The players for the eight teams will be finalized November 28 based on the draft system.

The draft consisted of 24 Rounds where a team picked one player in each round. Each Team has a minimum of 22 and a maximum of 25 Players (including the Captain) with a maximum of 6 Non-Indian Players, a minimum of 4 Local Players from their Territory and a minimum of 4 Indian Youth Players.A second draft was held on February 10, 2012. Among the notable picks, Canadian captain Ken Pereira was chosen by Pune Strykers while Australian Mark Harris and Indian Hamza Mujtaba got selected by Chennai Cheetahs. South African Olympian Clyde Abraham was picked by Mumbai Marines while Gagan Ajit Singh, the ace Indian striker, will make his comeback into hockey with Sher-e-Punjab.

List of field hockey venues in India

This is a list of Hockey grounds in India that have been used for major hockey matches.

List of stadiums in India

The following is a list of stadiums in India. Due to differences often arising between the planning and implementation stages for infrastructure in India, the list has been now divided into currently existing stadiums and future grounds.

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh (MP; , Hindi: [ˈmədʱjə pɾəˈdeːʃ] (listen); meaning "Central Province") is a state in central India. Its capital is Bhopal, and the largest city is Indore, with Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain and Sagar being the other major cities. Nicknamed the "Heart of India" due to its geographical location, Madhya Pradesh is the second largest Indian state by area and the fifth largest state by population with over 75 million residents. It borders the states of Uttar Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the southeast, Maharashtra to the south, Gujarat to the west, and Rajasthan to the northwest. Its total area is 308,252 km2. Before 2000, when Chhattisgarh was a part of Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh was the largest state in India and the distance between the two furthest points inside the state, Singoli and Konta, was 1500 km. Konta is presently in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state.

The area covered by the present-day Madhya Pradesh includes the area of the ancient Avanti Mahajanapada, whose capital Ujjain (also known as Avantika) arose as a major city during the second wave of Indian urbanisation in the sixth century BCE. Subsequently, the region was ruled by the major dynasties of India. By the early 18th century, the region was divided into several small kingdoms which were captured by the British and incorporated into Central Provinces and Berar and the Central India Agency. After India's independence, Madhya Pradesh state was created with Nagpur as its capital: this state included the southern parts of the present-day Madhya Pradesh and northeastern portion of today's Maharashtra. In 1956, this state was reorganised and its parts were combined with the states of Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal to form the new Madhya Pradesh state, the Marathi-speaking Vidarbha region was removed and merged with the then Bombay State. This state was the largest in India by area until 2000, when its southeastern Chhattisgarh region was made as a separate state.

Rich in mineral resources, MP has the largest reserves of diamond and copper in India. More than 30% of its area is under forest cover. Its tourism industry has seen considerable growth, with the state topping the National Tourism Awards in 2010–11. In recent years, the state's GDP growth has been above the national average.

Mumbai Marines

Mumbai Marines (MM) initially known as Mumbai Warriors is a hockey team based in Mumbai, Maharashtra that plays in the World Series Hockey and led by Indian hockey team goalkeeper Adrian D'Souza. The team is owned by Ashish Bharatram (SRF Group) and Harish Thawani (Nimbus). It is coached by Andrew Meredith. Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Mumbai will serves as the home ground of Mumbai Marines.

Team was initially named as Mumbai Warriors but was rebranded to Mumbai Marines to avoid any confusions with Pune Warriors, the Pune IPL team.

Pune Strykers

Pune Strykers (abbreviated as PS) is an Indian professional hockey team based in Pune, Maharashtra that plays in the World Series Hockey. Currently, Canadian Ken Pereira is the captain of the team and is coached by Gundeep Singh. The team is owned by Sai Grace Sports & Events Private Limited. PCMC Hockey Stadium in Pune is the home ground of Pune Strykers.Pune Strykers ended up as the runner-up of the inaugural edition of World Series Hockey. They lost to Sher-e-Punjab by 5 goals to 2 in the final. Team's penalty corner expert Gurpreet Singh is the top-scorer for the team with 12 goals.


Sher-e-Punjab (abbreviated as SP) (Punjabi: ਸ਼ੇਰ-ਏ-ਪੰਜਾਬ) is an Indian professional field hockey team based in Jalandhar, Punjab that plays in World Series Hockey. The team is currently led by Indian forward Prabhjot Singh and coached by former Indian coach Rajinder Singh. Surjeet Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar serves as the home ground of Sher-e-Punjab.Sher-e-Punjab became the champions of the inaugural edition of WSH by defeating Pune Strykers 5–2 in the final. Deepak Thakur has scored most goals for the team (12 goals).

Vasudevan Baskaran

Vasudevan Baskaran (born 17 August 1950) is a former field hockey player from Tamil Nadu, India. He captained the Indian team, which won the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union.

Thereafter he coached and mentored several players for the Indian team. Now he lives with his family in Besant Nagar in Chennai, India.

Waseem Ahmed (field hockey)

Waseem Ahmad (Urdu: وسیم احمد) (born 10 April 1977, in Vehari, Punjab, Pakistan) is a Pakistani field hockey player and ex-captain of Pakistan Hockey Team.

World Series Hockey

World Series Hockey (WSH) was a professional league for field hockey competition in India. It was organised by Indian Hockey Federation and Nimbus Sports with the objective to reinvigorate hockey in India. It was contested among eight franchisee-based teams consisting of players from India and around the world. The entire event took place on home and away basis culminating into multi header playoffs. Australian Dennis Meredith, a member of the FIH panel of tournament directors is the technical director of the WSH. It is currently sponsored by tyre manufacturers, Bridgestone, and therefore officially known as Bridgestone World Series Hockey.The inaugural season of the tournament was played between eight teams out of which Sher-e-Punjab was crowned the champion after defeating Pune Strykers 5-2 in the final. WSH became the first field hockey tournament ever to live stream all the matches online on Google's video and music sharing site YouTube.


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