Pankaj Advani finished the year on a high as he reclaimed the National 6-red snooker crown with a 7-4 win over Ishpreet Chadha in the final on Friday (Dec 23) to become the only player in the world to hold the National, Continental and World Championships in this cue sport format.
After a successful campaign in the IBSF World Billiards Championship (point format) in Bengaluru a week earlier, Advani had only a few days before the new challenge, but the 31-year-old, 16-time world champion showed why he is regarded as one of the best in cue sports.
Although it is not his main sport, Advani began as
The ace cueist won the IBSF World 6-red Snooker Championship in Egypt in 2014 and successfully defended the crown the following year.
Earlier this year, he annexed his maiden Asian Snooker title, which also came in the shorter version of the sport.
In Mumbai, local youngster Chadha was unable to stop the Bengaluru-based champion.
Advani will now switch his attention to the Asian and World Championships in 6-red snooker that is scheduled in 2017 as India's representative.
Only last week Advani had urged the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India to make the sport more popular in the country. “It (billiards) definitely has the capacity to have visual appeal and become spectator-friendly, and it is the responsibility of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of