Hoop Dreams

Uday Indukuri talks with You & I
Tell us about yourself.
I’m 19 years old and attending Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology, where I play for the college team. I’m also an alumnus of Hyderabad Public School, a regular teenager who likes to hang out with my friends, but I also have a penchant for basketball. I’m into fitness so that I can be better at my game, enhance my abilities and maintain my physique. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games with my buddies.
So you’re quite the basketball nut?
Yes. Like I mentioned, I’ve devoted all my energies towards sports, of which basketball is my priority. As an avid player, I invest most of my time practising, and I want to grow even further and improve my skills. Earning a high ranking at a high level is something I can be proud of.
Have you always found the game so captivating?
I’ve always been interested in athletics, and basketball has been my passion for as long as I can remember.
Tell us about your fitness regimen.
A regular day starts at 6 am, which is when I gear up for my workout. I train at Potens Crossfit Center in Madhapur on a daily basis. I’ve chosen this form of functional training over regular workouts at the gym because it helps me build strength, endurance, speed, stamina, balance, coordination and agility. All of these are important for a basketball player. I train at the centre for about an hour.
Uday Indukuri basketball nut 
Have you had any special moments?
Being only 19, I feel as though I’ve yet to achieve something truly substantial. I’d say that I have a long way to go!
Do you have a mentor?
I don’t have someone as such who gives me advice, but I am an ardent fan of LeBron James, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.
Any plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in five years?
I haven’t decided any future plans so far ahead. I’m just concentrating on practicing for my upcoming tournaments at the moment, which are going to start in August. I aim to help my team win the championship. In five years, I think I’d like to still be pursuing an education, specifically a master’s degree.
If basketball doesn’t work out, what plans then?
Basketball isn’t a dream but a passion, and it always will be. I don’t think I can fathom changing my path, or that I’ll ever have regrets or thoughts of taking anything back.
What’s your favourite holiday spot?
That has to be Miami. It combines fun with a relaxing atmosphere, which makes it the perfect place to visit.    

..... as told to Shreya