On Independence Day, India Clinch The World Team Billiards Championship

Pankaj Advani In Action

Pankaj Advani In Action

[I]t was independence day and the Indian billiards team made our country proud by clinching the World Team Billiards Championship which was held in Glasgow. In an all-India finale, the India ‘B’ team defeated the India ‘A’  5-4 in a best of nine clash. The India ‘B’, comprising of world champ Pankaj Advani, Rupesh Shah, Ashok Shandilya and Devendra Joshi defeated their Indian opponents which had former Asian champion Alok Kumar, current Asian champion Sourav Kothari, world billiards runner-up Dhruv Sitwala and Asian games bronze medallist Balachandra Bhaskar.

The decisive game was played between Advani and Kothari with the former winning in dominating fashion with a scoreline of 613-116. Advani now has ten world titles to his name and the numbers don’t seem to stop as of now. In the semifinals,  India A defeated England A 5-1 and India B outclassed Republic of Ireland in straight games with a scoreline of  6-0. The scores (final): 1) B.Bhaskar(A) bt Rupesh Shah(B) 163-160 2) Pankaj Advani(B) bt Alok Kumar(A) 439-193 3) Sourav Kothari(A) bt Devendra Joshi(B) 271-189 4) Pankaj Advani(B) bt B. Bhaskar(A) 242-214 5) Sourav Kothari(A) bt Rupesh Shah(B) 384-161 6) Ashok Shandilya(B) bt Alok Kumar(A) 442-132 7) Pankaj Advani(B) bt Sourav Kothari(A) 613-116 8) Rupesh Shah(B) bt Alok Kumar(A) 379-90 9) B.Bhaskar(A) bt Ashok Shandilya(B) 353-245

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  • Kailash Pant

    What a gift on I Day

  • Aishwarya

    India has bucked up! #proudIndian

  • Amit Jaid

    Great achievement!

  • suyog Shouche

    Nice gift

  • Amit Jaid

    Great achievement! Bt we need to go on…

  • arvind nautiyal

    Nice gift to country……

  • Sanket Shinde

    Nice Article. . Great achievement by the Indians! !

  • Shreyash Kachare

    Superb effort! One needs to be aware of other sports as well!!

  • Rupesh Sonawane

    Nice Independence day gift for all Indians.. well played team India! Sports having lesser popularity should be focused

  • Siddhant Mote

    Superb achievement.. Pankaj Advani is the best !!

  • Vyankatesh

    Nice Article. . Great
    achievement by the
    Indians! !

  • Devendra S Chauhan

    It's a wonderful article and fantastic page..giving a balanced approach to all sports. I love it.

  • neetu singh

    I like it.. inspite of over dose of cricket, finally there is a place to give opportunity to other games…wow

  • Mallika

    Very well written! A new insight into the world of billiards.

  • pooja

    Abhilash…keep it up..great work

  • Parth

    Superb article! Good to know that we're performing well in various sports.

  • Anamika Mani

    Great article Abhilash!! Looking forward to more on other sports

  • Anahita Karandikar

    Very well written…

  • geeta pandey

    Great work… keep it up Ahilash

  • geeta pandey

    Great work … keep it up Abhilash.