There was no Indian team competing in 3×3 basketball as the T20 version of the game made its debut at the Commonwealth Games on Friday. However, a man associated with India still made history by making the first basket in the new sport, which was attracting a lot of attention in recent times and was even included in the Tokyo Olympics.
Indian-Canadian Bikramjit Gill etched his name in the history books by making the first basket in the first 3×3 basketball match of the Commonwealth Games on Friday. Canada beat Kenya 15-12 in their opening match of the men’s Pool A at Smithfield on Friday.
“Feeling good man. I’ve made history several times in my career, but it was emotional. It’s in the top three moments of my life. It felt phenomenal to start 3×3 in these games. A lot of people can see that in the past. But sometimes you just have to be in that moment,” Gill said after the match.
Gill said that despite being played for the first time, the atmosphere at the venue was quite good.
“The crowd showered us a lot of love and it was great to be here. Location-wise, it takes the cake. The whole arrangement here is amazing. Seeing 2,500 people in such a closed environment – it’s very intimate. It’s good to make people feel like they’re on top of you. And you hear everything,” he said.
Gill recently grew up in prison with a local mob in Malton, Ontario, after cutting his hair for several years as a symbol of his Sikh faith. He is now the only Sikh-Canadian basketball player to compete at a professional level.
He comes from a family of basketball players as his father played for the Indian national team, while his elder brother played basketball in a college at home.