Gursimrat Singh Gill is an Indian Professional footballer who plays as the Centre-back for North East United in the Indian Super League. Even though his father & uncle were fond of hockey, Gill found a passion for football. His first match for India was against Tottenham hotspurs in the U-16 Category. Along with Bidyananda Singh, he was selected for the Asia IX which he considers as the greatest laurel achieved in his life.
Initial hurdles you faced
There were many but my mother was always standing in front of me like a wall and never let anything or any problem come even close to us. May be that’s why I became a defender and my brother is a GK. We might not attack much but we sure know how to protect the Castle.
One match that you are very proud of
AFC CUP Semi-Final win and AFC Cup Final Loss are the two matches that are close to my heart. I still remember each and every thing that happened in the match.
Lamest excuse you have ever given to your teacher?
My mother always taught me that “Excuses are for losers and cowards, brave men accept their fault and embrace the outcome”.
So even as a kid I never use to make excuses.
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
My competition, I want to better myself every day. I want to compete each and every day in a much better way than the day before.
The ISL draft is going to take place on 23rd July, I just want to work really hard and give my best to the team that I will be part of and my long-term goal is to break into the senior National team.
Scariest experience you have ever had?
The scariest experience I had was when I met with an accident and I fractured my arm.
Your most Embarrassing moment
I was caught stealing money from my house, my mother caught me, my mother has been our superhero and this incident made her very upset. That was the last day I ever did that.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
I would want to wake up as only myself and what I will do is go out and train hard and harder every day.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
As a professional football player, one needs to live a very disciplined life, all my bad habits were broken after I was taken into Chandigarh football academy
What drives you to go for training every day?
My love for the game, Football at my feet, gives me immense happiness. I am blessed to be doing what I love the most – Play Football.
Any rituals you follow
Before and after match I always pray to God to make me physically & mentally fit to play a fair game.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
It meant the world to me, that was one of the happiest moment of my life. To represent your own country, the feeling cannot be expressed through words.
Your ultimate achievement?
I want to play for the senior India and Captain the team that is my ultimate achievement.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
I wanted to be known as the Greatest Footballer that the world has ever witnessed and moreover as a better human being.
Area of your game you need to improve?
In every area, we need to keep improving every day. We keep making mistakes and we keep working hard to better ourselves. Only we if better ourselves, can one strive in their sports career.
Who do you want to be the flag bearer for India in ‘TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020’?
I hope and wish it is Sunil Bhai. He has been a true leader in every sense, be it club or country every player looks up to him, he is not only a great player but a true role model as well.
Perks of being an athlete
Work doesn’t feel like work and to add to that a healthy lifestyle, Inspiring others.
“Your best teacher is your last mistake”
Your secret skills
I play kabaddi really well and like most of the people from this part of the country. Humor is my strength.
One super power you wish you had
If I could get a superpower to build stuff, I would build a world class football academy in every city of every state.
Your biggest inspiration
My biggest inspiration is my mother. She was there with me whenever I had any problems. She could easily figure out what the problem was all about. Moreover, she stood as wall and never ever allowed any problems touched us.
What’s on your bucket list?
1) Bungee Jumping
2) Sky Diving
3) Watch El Clasico live at Santiago Bernabeu.