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Pankaj Advani

Chances are that you’ve fooled around a pool table in a pub, miscuing those coloured orbs merrily, happy with the satisfying ‘clicks’ and the rare ‘pocket’. Imagine a bigger table, the highest stakes, webs of intricate geometry flashing through players’ minds as they stand still, chalking their cues. Just try taking in Pankaj Advani’s achievement—the man just won his 22nd World Billiards Championship title. Move over, Virat; spare a thought, Sindhu.

Like Anand, Advani, 33, is another sportsperson who won a bagful of world titles, but to tepid publicity and accolade. The first of his 19 world titles came in 2003, when the then 18-year-old annexed the IBSF World Ama­teur Snooker Champ­ion­ship in Jiang­men, China. In 2005, he clinched the IBSF World Billiards Championships in Qawra, Malta, and became the first player to achieve a grand ‘double’ of both time and point formats.

President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Bhushan to cueist Pankaj Advani during the Padma Awards 2018 function at Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Cueist Pankaj Advani during the group A encounter of 85th Senior (Men) National Billiards Championship 2018 at Karnataka State Billiards Association (KSBA) in Bangalore.

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Pankaj Advani of Chennai Strikers in action against Hyderabad Hustlers in Indian Cue Masters League in Ahmedabad.

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Cueist Pankaj Advani poses with the Asian Team Championship trophy which they won at Bishek (Kyrgyzstan), during a felicitation function at the SAI-BSFI National Cue Sports Academy in New Delhi.

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Cue player Pankaj Advani pose with the trophy after winning against Peter Gilchrist of Singapore during the World Billiards championship 150-Up finale 2016 at Karnataka state Billiards Association, in Bengaluru.

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Cueists Pankaj Advani and Vidhya Pillai pose during a felicitation event organised by Karnataka State Billiards Association in Bengaluru. Advani won the gold medal and Vidhya won the Silver medal in World 6-Red Chapionship in men and women category held in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Pankaj Advani poses with the Trophy after winning Senior National Billiards Championship 2015 in Kolkata.

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Straight At The Head A quiet setting. A cluster of lights over the green velvet of the billiards table, whence repaired Ian Chappell with Pankaj Advani for a post-prandial knock. The world billiards champ might think he needs to show Chappelli how to take a shot, but the Aussie great doesn't even need a cue. What would you call his comments on Dhoni this week?

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Pankaj Advani, India’s first Gold medal winner for the men's Billiards event in the XVIth Asian Games in Guangzhou, arrives at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on November 21.

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Gold medalist Pankaj Advani, second left, silver medalist Oo Nay Thaway of Myanmar, left, bronze medalists Peter Edward Gilchrist of Singapore, second right, and Oo Kyaw Oo of Myanmar pose during the awarding ceremony for the men's English Billiards Singles at the 16th Asian Games held in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

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Pankaj Advani shows his gold medal during the awarding ceremony for the men's English Billiards Singles at the 16th Asian Games held in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Pankaj Advani kisses his gold medal during the awards ceremony for the men's English Billiards Singles at the 16th Asian Games held in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

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Billiards champion Pankaj Advani after being presented the Eklavya award, the highest recognition for a sportsperson in Karnataka, in recognition of his achievements, in Bangalore.

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Pankaj Advani poses with World Professional Billiards Championship 2009 winner trophy at a press conference in Bangalore.

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Ace cueist Pankaj Advani today became the second Indian to win the World Professional Billiards Championship title when he outsmarted defending champion Mike Russell 2030-1253 in the final.

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In a repeat of his feat in 2005, Pankaj Advani has added the ONGC IBSF World Billiards Championship (time format) title to the points format crown he won last week. The 23-year-old from Bangalore defeated Devendra Joshi 2370-2020 to complete his domination in the tournament.

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Friday September 5, 2008
Winner Pankaj Advani with runner up Geet Sethi during the prize distribution ceremony of the IBSF World Billiards Championships 2008 held in Bangalore.

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