[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.
Absolutely elated to win a Gold in the World Team Billiards Championship on Independence Day. Our gift to the nation. pic.twitter.com/y3JLCOnqwY
— Pankaj Advani (@PankajAdvani247) August 15, 2014
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