The Indian-born cager made history in Birmingham, scoring the first points in 3×3 basketball

There was no Indian team participating in 3×3 basketball as the T20 version of the game made its debut at the Commonwealth Games on Friday. However, a man from India still made history, by scoring the first basket in the new sport that has been gaining a lot of attention in recent times and was also introduced at the Tokyo Olympics.

Indian-born Canadian Bikram Jeet Gill on Friday wrote his name in the history books by scoring the first basket in the first 3×3 basketball match of the Commonwealth Games. Canada beat Kenya 15-12 in the men’s Pool A opener at Smithfield on Friday.

“It feels good, man. I’ve made some history sometimes in my career, but this was emotional. It’s in the top three moments of my life. It felt extraordinary to open 3×3 in these games. So many. People can get over it, but sometimes you have to live in the moment,” Gayle said after the match.

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Gill said that despite playing for the first time, the atmosphere at the venue was very good.

“The crowd loved us and it was great to be here. Venue-wise, it takes the cake. The whole set-up here is amazing. To see 2,500 people in such a closed environment – it’s so intimate. People love it. It’s great to feel like they’re on top of you. And you hear everything,” she said.

Gill recently grew his hair as a symbol of his Sikh faith after years of shaving it to jail with local mobsters in Malton, Ontario. He is now the only Sikh-Canadian basketball player to compete at the professional level.

He comes from a family of basketball players as his father played for the Indian national team while his elder brother played varsity basketball at a college back home.

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