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HT Brunch Cover Story: Playing footsie with fame

Aug 29, 2021 10:33 AM IST

How do top athletes, single-mindedly focussed on their game, deal with the glamour of success? Goalkeeper of the Indian football team, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, 29, on the fine balance between honing skills and courting stardom

Footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu comes across as a very competent person in our interview. “How are you so sorted?” I demand over my Zoom call with the goalkeeping star.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, goalkeeper of the Indian football team, player in the Bengaluru Football Club, Arjuna awardee, is the only Indian to play in the UEFA Europa League and the two-time winner of the Golden Glove; Styling by Prasad Bidapa; Location Courtesy: JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru; Hair & Make-up: Nabeela Abid; Coordination: Bala Kumar;Wardrobe: Albert Devaraj; Outfit, Umang Hutheesing (Waseem Khan)
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, goalkeeper of the Indian football team, player in the Bengaluru Football Club, Arjuna awardee, is the only Indian to play in the UEFA Europa League and the two-time winner of the Golden Glove; Styling by Prasad Bidapa; Location Courtesy: JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru; Hair & Make-up: Nabeela Abid; Coordination: Bala Kumar;Wardrobe: Albert Devaraj; Outfit, Umang Hutheesing (Waseem Khan)
The 29-year-old Indian goalie who stands six feet, six inches tall, seems to epitomise the very opposite of the popular impression of successful sportspeople as party animals; Outfit, Uniqlo (Wasem Khan)
The 29-year-old Indian goalie who stands six feet, six inches tall, seems to epitomise the very opposite of the popular impression of successful sportspeople as party animals; Outfit, Uniqlo (Wasem Khan)
Gurpreet was nine years old when he started playing football; Cape Jacket, Abrar Ali (Waseem Khan)
Gurpreet was nine years old when he started playing football; Cape Jacket, Abrar Ali (Waseem Khan)
India and football
India and football
Gurpreet says there was a time when he checked his social media regularly, but has now conditioned himself to not be affected by what people write about him or his performance; Outfit, Bibi Russell (Waseem Khan)
Gurpreet says there was a time when he checked his social media regularly, but has now conditioned himself to not be affected by what people write about him or his performance; Outfit, Bibi Russell (Waseem Khan)
Gupreet on football clubs
Gupreet on football clubs
Gurpreet’s first HT Brunch Cover
Gurpreet’s first HT Brunch Cover
Gupreet says failure is the biggest lesson you can learn; Bandhgala, Abrar Ali (Waseem Khan)
Gupreet says failure is the biggest lesson you can learn; Bandhgala, Abrar Ali (Waseem Khan)
Atheletes and their HT Brunch magazine covers
Atheletes and their HT Brunch magazine covers
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