He 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.
After the Olympic gold victory, Baskaran had coached the Indian National Team several times, the last time at the 2006 Men’s Hockey World Cup in Mönchengladbach.
On the current Hockey Team, Baskaran said: “They are not the world’s best collectively. I would say that only one third of the team is world-class. The players who are world-class are Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Sreejesh, Mandeep Singh and S.V. Sunil. We struggle in midfield because there is no consistency.
If you ask me, 16 players have to be 70% good if we have to perform consistently on the global stage.”