Former Indian international basketball player Subash Shenoy stunned his Facebook followers by posting a picture on Sunday.
It was a picture of him at waist height with a friend. The man he held against him was at least half a foot taller than him.
In case you were wondering what is special about him, Subash Shenoy is 202cm (6ft 7in) tall and he is one of the tallest basketball players in Kerala.
“Subash doesn’t look big at all,” someone replied from under the post. “Are you on your knees? asked another. Shenoy, in his uniquely friendly way, shared a hearty laugh with everyone.
But it wasn’t until she posted a few more photos to the series and gave a better caption that her followers realized the significance of the “reunion.” “With India’s greatest active basketball player in our playing days…now both sport a paunch,” wrote Shenoy, who is a superintendent at Central Excise and Customs.
“How tall is she, Shenoy?” someone asked. “He’s 7-foot-3,” was the response.
Interestingly, none of the photos Shenoy posted captured the two in full. “I think I managed to get one later,” Shenoy said before sharing the same with this reporter (check cover image).
For those unfamiliar with the duo, Shenoy and Mobin (Mohammed Islahuddin) were Indian basketball stars from the late 1990s to early 2000s. They were part of the national team that triumphed in the tournament of the South Asian Basketball Association in 2001.
In their heyday, they raised their eyebrows not only for being tall, but also for being good enough with a basketball. Shenoy is considered to be one of the best centers India have seen who stood out for his ball handling skills.
The two had met after a long stretch the other day at a Masters event in Thiruvananthapuram.
“Mobin is a Maharashtrian from Nanded who works with South Central Railways. At the time he was with TISCO (Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited) and we also participated in many tournaments in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Mumbai and Kerala.
“I remember people asking about the scores from outside because they couldn’t get into the galleries which were packed.
“Unfortunately, there are no such tournaments anymore. It would be nice if we had more tournaments now. But for that too, the sponsors have to step in. Because more and more professional tournaments are essential for the development of our young players,” said Shenoy, the star of yesteryear.