Indian ace cueist Pankaj Advani has yet again ruled in India in the world of cue sports as he bagged a few more world titles to add to his fabulous record.
The 32-year-old champion is doing a great shuffle in both billiards and snooker for years now and he lived up to the country’s expectations in 2017 as well by captivating his world title count to 18.
"Every opponent is equal for us but the pressure and expectations of the people are a lot higher against Pakistan. If we are winning a tournament, we would rather go out and beat the best to claim victory," Advani told PTI.
"It was extremely satisfying to win that event as it was the first time I was part of a team that lifted the championship trophy," he said.
In July, Advani led India A to a gold in the finals of the Asian Team Snooker Championship held in Kyrgyzstan. The winning team comprising Advani, Laxman Rawat, and Malkeet Singh demolished Pakistan 3-0 in an exciting final.
Advani is the only Indian male cueist to win the world titles in both snooker and billiards.
"I wish I could tell you how difficult it is to win in the two formats (billiards and snooker). Everyone specialises in only one - either billiards or snooker and even then it is hard to win. It is very challenging for me and it is such challenges that I look forward to in my career," the 32-year- old said.
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