Top 5 cueists in India
With Dhruv Sitwala emerging victorious in an all-Indian final at the Asian Billiards championship, cue sports in India has received a huge fillip. Sitwala's win over Pankaj Advani in the recently concluded Asian Championships in Beijing may well mark the birth of a new star on the Indian cue sports' landscape.While Advani has been the most successful billiards player for India for nearly a decade now, there are many others alongside him who have made India a veritable powerhouse in cue sports today.Let us now take a look at five of the best cueists in the country.
#1 Pankaj Advani
It wouldn't be a fallacy to say that Pankaj Advani put India on the map as far as cue sports were concerned. The Bangalore-based cueist, announced his arrival in the world of snooker with a bang in 2003 when he won the IBSF World Championships, becoming the first to win accomplish the 'grand double' at the event, winning both the time and point formats.
In 2012, in his first year as a professional snooker player, Advani went on to win the IBSF World 6-Red snooker championship. In August 2014, he played a pivotal role in guiding India to a win in the World Billiards Championship held at Glasgow, along with teammates Rupesh Shan, Devendra Joshi and Ashok Shandilya. Advani has won the World Championship a whopping 12 times.
In recognition for his contribution to Indian sport, he has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, among many other honours.