Sandeep Singh of Abbotsford has mastered the art of spinning the basketball on fingers and even on toothbrush for longest periods of time. He has become the invincible champion of spinning a basketball that his name has found its place in Limca and Guinness Books of World Records.
ABBOTSFORD – Indo-Canadian man from Abbotsford is spinning his way to world record book glory.
Dribbling and shooting are the most common and conventional basketball skills that you would like to master once you start playing the game. But there is one man from Abbotsford, who is setting and breaking records for his unconventional and yet very impressive basketball skills.
Meet 25-year old Sandeep Singh, who has mastered the art of spinning the basketball on fingers and even on toothbrush for longest periods of time. He has become the invincible champion of spinning a basketball that his name has found its place in Limca and Guinness Books of World Records.
Singh hails from Village Badduwal near Moga district in Punjab. He used to practice Volley ball shooting in India.
“After the game when I would have enough time to hold the ball in my hand, I would spin the ball on my finger. Then along with playing valley ball, I started practicing the spinning. In 2015 I watched a video of David Cain of US on Youtube. He spun football on his index finger for 33 seconds. I was very much inspired and encouraged to perform something similar. In 2016 I tried to spin Valley ball for 45 seconds,” Singh said.
Sandeep Singh first aimed for the national records. But since they did not have any category of valley ball spinning, he was offered to perform the feat either with soccer ball or basket ball. “I decided to go with basket ball,” he said. He spun three basketballs on two toothbrushes and one hand for 19 seconds in February, 2017.
Sandeep then applied for the Guinness record. It was in April 2017, when he broke the record for longest duration spinning a basketball on a toothbrush in Dharamkot, Punjab. He spun the basketball on his finger and then transferred it to a toothbrush and finally balancing the toothbrush on his mouth by leaning his head to the side.
Singh managed to keep the ball rotating for an incredible 53 seconds. Singh’s attempt was nearly nine times longer than the previous record of 6.84 seconds. “It was my dream to break a world record,” he said.
After his impressive performance in India, Singh moved to Abbotsford, Canada in August 2017. It was not enough for him just to sit down and celebrate his achievement. He started practising again. And in December 2017, he broke his own record by set one more Guinness record for longest duration spinning a basketball on a toothbrush for 60.50 seconds.
He says there is no other world record that has been broken and then recreated for 10 times except this one. Sandeep says it is a skill that is a gift from God to him which he discovered with time. A proud Punjabi, he wants to do new experiments with his skills around the world and take it to newer levels.
This popular record has spun its way around the world since 2012, being attempted and broken many times starting with….
- 13.5 seconds, achieved by Tom “Conman” Connors (UK) on February 2012
- 26.078 seconds by Michael Kopp (Germany) on #GWRday 14 November 2012
- 28.454 seconds by Andrew Wilding (UK) on the set of Nickelodeon’s “Get Your Skills On” on 27 June 2014
- 40.12 seconds by Thaneswar Guragai (Nepal) on the set of CCTV – Guinness World Records Special in Jiangyin, China on 5 January 2015
- 42.92 seconds by Dipanshu Mishra (India) in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, India on 7 December 2015
- 46.16 seconds by Mohnish Nikam (India) in Mumbai, India on 7 April 2017
- 53 seconds achieved by Sandeep Singh (India) in Punjab on 8 April 2017
- 55.80 seconds, achieved by Kunal Singhal ( India) in Delhi, India, on 25 May 2017
- 55.90 seconds, achieved by Face Team’s István Csapó (Hungary) in Budapest, Hungary, on 04 November 2017
- 60.50 seconds, achieved by Sandeep Singh Kaila (India) in British Columbia, Canada, on 25 December 2017 (see video above).
- 64.03 seconds, achieved by Thaneswar Guragai (Nepal) in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 24 March 2018.
- 68.15 seconds, achieved by Sandeep singh kaila (Canada) in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, on 1 January 2019.