Devastated after a back injury that forbad him to play Cricket, Amjyot Singh switched to playing Basketball. He eventually loved the game of Basketball and has never looked back to cricket ever since. In 2008, at the age of 16, is when the athlete first played for India. He started to play in other countries in 2015, and has played for two Japanese teams. He is currently trying out for the NBA D league and is going to Australia in the near future for the NBL tryouts as well. Being completely aware of the competition and the dedication required to get selected for the NBL, he says, “I am playing in the Mizoram league, before that I played for the UBA. I am training hard so that I can be in shape and in touch with the game for the tryouts.”
I am playing in the Mizoram league, before that I played for the UBA. I am training hard so that I can be in shape and in touch with the game for the tryouts.”
Moving past the glimpses of doubt
Like every good story, success didn’t come easy for Amjyot. Shattered by the fact he didn’t get selected even at a junior level, there were glimpses of doubt in the athlete’s mind before he was catapulted to the arena of professional basketball. However, Mr. Teja Singh, the secretary of Punjab Basketball Association, gave him an opportunity, Amjyot delivered, and before he knew it, he was playing for the Indian team. Apart from this, Amjyot also struggled with recovering from his back injury, but he says that his parents have helped him to a great extent to get over the injury. He says with happiness, “My parents are also sportspersons. There are bound to be gloomy days when you’re a sportsperson, and my parents motivated me a lot in those gloomy days. I give all the credit to my parents.”
It is a team sport; the team has won the awards. It’s not been a personal achievement. The Indian team deserves the recognition for the achievements, not me.”
A modest approach in life
Even though Amjyot achieved so much in the field sports that majority of aspiring sportsmen don’t, the Chandigarh lad loves to be modest of his achievements. He feels that he personally hasn’t achieved a great deal of success, going on to say, “It is a team sport; the team has won the awards. It’s not been a personal achievement. The Indian team deserves the recognition for the achievements, not me.” Modesty and capability, when combined, become an explosive component for success, and we know that Amjyot Singh has these traits at his disposal. He has paved the way for many future sportsmen, and is a motivation for thousands of passionate individuals in their respective fields of expertise.