Updated: Jul 20, 2020
“Dream big,results follow”, said the ace cueist and perhaps the most consistent athlete in the sports culture of India, Pankaj Advani.Advani was born on July 24, 1985, in Pune. He lived his initial days in Kuwait before moving back to Bengaluru where his brother, Dr.Shree Advani, a noted Sports and Performance Psychologist introduced Advani to Snooker and Billiards after he lost his father at 6the age of 6. His elder brother became the father figure in his life and guided him and motivated him. Advani gives credit to his brother for implanting the seeds of Billiards in him.
He became a Snooker professional in 2012, and his break was in the 2012/2013 season. Advani won the 2014 IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship. He is currently the only player ever to win world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker (15-red standard, and 6-red) and both formats of English billiards (time and point). Pankaj is India's first world champion in 6-red snooker. Since 2014, Advani has turned focus on English billiards only.
2005- First person in the world to win the points and time formats both in the same year at the IBSF World Billiards Championship.
2003- Won his first world title 'Men's World Snooker Championship' in China at the age of 18.
2014- Won the Grand Double for the third time in the UK.
In total, he won 6 Worlds, 3 Asian Billiards, 2 Asian Games Golds, 1 Australian Open and 5 National titles. He is the only person in the world, who won the billiards and snooker IBSF World Titles, along with World Professional Billiards Championship.
Everyday we hear about Pankaj in the Sports column of our newspapers. He has been presented the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award too. He is currently focused on earning more laurels for the nation in the coming years.