You might not know who Jaskanwar Singh Gill is, but you know his name Jassa Patti . He is from Tarn Taran district in Punjab has become India’s No. 1 unofficial wrestler in the last four years. From ‘Modern Day Dara Singh’ to ‘Virat Kohli of Mud Wrestling’, many admirable references are used to describe him. Some people affectionately call him “Mud Lion”.
Jassa Patti was Born in 1993, Jassa Patti attended a private school in Amritsar; his father Salwinder Singh was also a former wrestler.
A sincere Punjabi, the 25-year-old made a big splash after being knocked out of his first international tournament as the referee demanded that he take off his bat if he wanted to take the mat but he refused.
The news spread like wildfire from Sangrur to Satara and from Bathinda to Brampton – from the wrestling hub to the Canadian city, where NRIs eagerly pursue a career in the Punjabi strip.
But this uninvited attention did not attract him, he said in an interview, “Reporters come and ask the same questions. Where were they when I was wrestling and winning in the arena?
Last year, with zero corporate sponsorship, Jassa earned about Rs 1 crore from fights, cash, and other items including tractors, Maruti Alto cars, Royal Enfield motorcycles, and milch buffaloes.
Jaskanwar Singh Gill ‘Jassa Patti’ usually fights to wear Parna/Patka together.
As he approaches the battlefield, he wears his yellow turban and stands first in the crowd. He first takes off his erna and wears a patka, the unofficial hat he likes for wrestling.
Next, he takes off his workout pants to reveal the fantastic Thigh or ‘patt‘ – the second ‘p’. In contrast to matte wrestling where you mostly see the sculpted upper body, in riot wrestling, it is the belly that makes the crowd happy.