Pankaj Advani pockets 14th world title
New Delhi: Cueist Pankaj Advani on Sunday added another feather to his cap by winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship, outplaying Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist in the final to take his world title count to 14 in Adelaide.
Advani, 30, left the spectators spellbound with his prolific play and indisputable mastery over the 3-ball game, demolishing Gilchrist by 1,168 points. On lifting his 14th world crown in style, the Indian ace said, “I was determined to get even with Peter (Gilchrist) after losing the point format final to him. A productive chat with my sports psychologist brother Shree and a good night’s sleep did the trick. It all panned out perfectly.”
Advani was in roaring form and appeared keen to not only defend his Time format world title but also avenge his loss of the Point format championship to Gilchrist a week ago. In the opening visit, Advani fired in a quick century (127) to take the initial lead. Failing to capitalise, Gilchrist handed over an opportunity to the Indian star and it was taken full advantage of.