Glasgow : It was a win-win situation for the Indian cue sport on the occasion of Independence Day as the Pankaj Advani-led India B secured a gold while India A bagged a silver in the inaugural World Billiards Team Championship.The winning team comprising Advani, Rupesh Shah, Devendra Joshi and Ashok Shandilya edged past the other national side (India A) 5-4 in an exciting final.
In a first of its kind, the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) decided to conduct a World Team event right after the Commonwealth Games, to showcase the sport for a possible inclusion in the next edition of the quadrennial sporting event.
This win takes the world title tally of India’s poster boy of cue sports, Advani, to an unprecedented 10.
The Bengaluru ace has entered the record books yet again, this time it is for winning the highest number of world titles by any Indian in any sport, let alone cue sports.
When asked about this win, Advani said, “Winning a gold for India on Independence Day is a dream come true. We could not have asked for a better outcome as both teams confirmed gold and silver for our beautiful country.” —PTI