PANKAJ ADVANI

  • Pankaj Advani trounces Dhruv Sitwala to annex National Billiards title January 17, 2015

    Kolkata: Indian ace Pankaj Advani routed his PSPB colleague and 'friend' Dhruv Sitwala 5-0 in a flawless display of potting en route to his seventh Senior National Billiards Championship at the Bengal Rowing Club, here on Saturday. The holder of 12 world titles in various categories faced some resistance in the...
  • National Billiards: Advani in semis, Kothari out of contest January 15, 2015

    Kolkata: Defending Champion Sourav Kothari was eliminated in the pre-quarters while Pankaj Advani, Siddharth Parikh, B Bhaskar and Dhruv Sitwala moved into the semi-finals of the BRC Gloster National Billiards Championship here Thursday. In the quarter-finals at the Bengal Rowing Club, Advani (PSPB) beat Brijesh Damani (PSPB) 4-1 in a high-quality...
  • Obsession over an Olympic medal not helping India: Advani January 15, 2015

    Kolkata: Indian cue sports star Pankaj Advani on Thursday remarked Olympic achievement has become national "obsession" and urged the athletes to change their perception to excel in their respective disciplines. "Our country is starved of Olympic medals and the government announces ridiculous incentives for an Olympic medal. I think our country...
  • Pankaj Advani, Sourav Kothari win in Billiards, Snooker Championship January 12, 2015

    Kolkata: All the seeded players including defending champion Sourav Kothari and ace cueist Pankaj Advani had easy outings on the opening day of the senior billiards at the National Billiards & Snooker Championship on Monday. Advani, a 12-time world champion, who is the defending champion in national snooker, registered 3-0 win...
  • I wouldn't have demanded Padma Bhushan the way Saina, Vijender did: Cueist Advani January 12, 2015

    Kolkata: Famed cueist Pankaj Advani Monday said he would have never entered into a Padma Bhushan row in the way ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and boxer Vijender Singh did. "I would never do such a thing, it is not my style. But they thought it was right to go out in...
  • Have to earn awards and not hanker after them: Pankaj Advani January 12, 2015

    Criticising the recent furore over Padma Bhushan, ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Monday said one must let the performance do the talking and not hanker after such government awards. "I would never go out and protest, you have to earn such awards and do not hanker for it. I'm also...
  • IOTY nominee Pankaj Advani wants IPL type league in billiards as well December 31, 2014

    Indian cueist Pankaj Advani, who earlier this year created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker answered few questions from his fans. Advani has won 10 world titles in billiards and two in...
  • Sporting highs of 2014: Celebrating India's Champions December 31, 2014

    As the year 2014 ends, CNN-IBN celebrates the triumphs of Indian athletes at the world stage. ...
  • India's champions: Sporting highs of 2014 December 29, 2014

    India won 57 medals at the Asian Games while Indian cueist Pankaj Advani won four world titles this year. ...
  • Cueists peak between 25-35 years of age: Pankaj Advani December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Hailing China's 14-year-old sensation Yan Bingtao for his World Snooker title triumph, Indian ace Pankaj Advani said the youngster is extremely mature for his age but insisted that cueists peak only after crossing 25. "As time goes on, the younger guys start on earlier and they grasp the game...
  • Chinese prodigy knocks out Pankaj Advani in World Snooker November 28, 2014

    Bengaluru: China's 14-year-old Yan Bingtao broke Indian hearts by defeating title favourite Pankaj Advani 6-4 to storm into the men's semi-finals at the IBSF World Snooker Championships on Friday. In a manner of speaking, the 29-year-old Advani, who came into the tournament as holder of 12 World titles and a hot...
  • Pankaj Advani enters World Snooker quarters November 27, 2014

    Maintaining his winning streak, Indian ace Pankaj Advani stormed into the quarterfinals of the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship at Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Thursday. Advani decimated England's Ryan Causton 5-0. One of the tournament favourites, the Bengaluru cueist finished the match in an hour and 35 minutes. The 12-time world champion...
  • World Snooker Championships: Pankaj Advani advances, Kamal Chawla exits November 26, 2014

    Bengaluru: Star Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra on Wednesday stormed into the last-32 stage as Kamal Chawla crashed out of the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championships at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. The 2003 world champion Advani overpowered young Tomasz Skalski 4-2, but not before he faced the threat...
  • Pankaj Advani maintains winning run as more Indians enter knockouts of World Snooker November 26, 2014

    Bengaluru: Indian ace Pankaj Advani on Tuesday maintained his unbeaten run in the ongoing Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship at Kanteerava Stadium, here on Tuesday as more Indian cueists advanced to the knockout stages. Advani, who is already in the knockouts, cruised to a 4-0 win over Mike Toth from Switzerland,...
  • World Snooker: Lucky Vatnani cracks 133 on way to knockout November 25, 2014

    Bengaluru: Hyderabadi Lucky Vatnani posted the tournament's highest break of 133 to qualify for the men's Round of 64 in great style in the IBSF World Snooker championship on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Vatnani, a dangerous floater who earlier in the tournament stretched Pankaj Advani, was at his fluent best while routing...
  • Pankaj Advani, Kamal Chawla inch closer to World Snooker knockouts November 21, 2014

    Bengaluru: Indian cue stars Pankaj Advani and Kamal Chawla on Friday moved closer to the knockout stage after registering their third straight win against their respective opponents on Day 3 of the IBSF World Snooker Championship at Sree Kanteerava Stadium. After getting into the groove post his second win on Friday,...
  • Pankaj Advani and co impress in World Snooker Championship November 20, 2014

    Bengaluru: Top Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and Kamal Chawla registered routine wins to give the home fans enough smiles on the second day of the IBSF World Snooker Championship here on Thursday. Smarting from having given away two frames in his 4-2 win on Wednesday, Advani did not take his foot...
  • Pankaj Advani, Vidya Pillai advance in World Snooker November 19, 2014

    Bangalore: Indian hopes Pankaj Advani and Vidya Pillai won their respective opening league matches as the Seaways-IBSF World Snooker Championship commenced here Wednesday. Advani, holder of 12 World titles, was kept at the table for longer than expected before he pulled through 4-2 against Malaysia's Keen Hoo Moh while national champion...
  • Expectations high on Indians at World Snooker Championship November 18, 2014

    Bengaluru: Flush with success this year, Indian cueists, led by Pankaj Advani, were brimming with confidence on the eve of the Seaways-IBSF World Snooker Championship commencing at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. It is the fifth time that India is hosting the World Championship, having previously conducted the event...
  • I want to keep on improving my game: Pankaj Advani November 10, 2014

    The 29-year old Pankaj Advani, speaking to the CNN IBN said he was not thinking so much about results as evolving into a better player in the future. ...
  • Psychology plays a great part in modern sport: Pankaj Advani October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: He has made winning 12 world titles look like a stroll in the park but India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani says it is not easy to deal with the anxiety and stress, crediting his elder brother Shree for helping him handle pressure. "Shree (a celebrity sports...
  • Pankaj Advani beats Robert Hall to win 12th world title October 30, 2014

    Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani claimed another world title by convincingly beating Robert Hall of the UK in the World Billiards Championship finals in the Timed Format....
  • Pankaj Advani wins Timed Format World Billiards C'ship for his 12th title October 30, 2014

    Leeds: Pankaj Advani outplayed England's Robert Hall 1928-893 in the final of the IBSF World Billiards championship (timed format) here on Wednesday night to complete a grand double. The 29-year-old, Bangalore-based Advani had won the title in the points format (150-up) last week. Advani, who took a stranglehold of the match leading...
  • World Billiards Championship: Pankaj Advani pips David Causier to reach final October 29, 2014

    Leeds: Pankaj Advani squeezed out a thrilling five-point win over David Causier of England in the semi-finals to put himself in line for a double in the World Billiards championship. In the four-hour semi-final, Advani, winner of the points format title last week, was saved by the clock as he beat...
  • Pankaj Advani, Balachandra Bhaskar in World Billiards semis October 28, 2014

    Leeds: On a day of mixed fortunes for Indian cueists, Pankaj Advani and Balachandra Bhaskar were the ones left smiling as they entered the World Billiards Championship (time format) semi-finals, here on Tuesday. If it was another clinical performance by India's poster boy of cue sports Advani, who outplayed compatriot Rupesh...
  • Six Indians including Pankaj Advani in last 16 of World Billiards October 27, 2014

    Leeds: Pankaj Advani along with five more Indians marched into the last 16 of the World Billiards Championships (time format). Advani, who won the points format title earlier, recorded five straight wins on way to the pre-quarterfinals. The top Indian cueist beat Englishman Jonathan Marwood 814-356 in the last 32 stage. Advani...
  • Smooth sailing for Pankaj Advani in World Billiards October 26, 2014

    Leeds: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani defeated Robin Wilson for his second straight win in the World Billiards Championships (time format). Advani, who won the points format title earlier in the tournament, beat Englishman Wilson 1060-376. He had defeated Arun Agarwal in his opening match on Saturday. Advani, having started tentatively in...
  • I am on seventh heaven after winning World Championship: Pankaj Advani October 25, 2014

    Leeds: India's numero uno all-rounder of cue sports Pankaj Advani is on seventh heaven after adding yet another world title to his kitty following his World Billiards Championship triumph in the 150-up points format. "I'm on seventh heaven! I returned to India to focus on this very event and it has...
  • Pankaj Advani stuns Peter Gilchrist to clinch World Billiards Championship October 24, 2014

    Leeds: King of Indian cue sports Pankaj Advani added yet another jewel to his glowing crown, outplaying former champion Peter Gilchrist in the 150 up points format World Billiards Championship final and pocket his 11th world title on Friday. Advani, 29, conquered Singapore cueist Gilchrist 6-2 in a high quality finals...
  • Pankaj Advani, Peter Gilchrist in World Billiards Championship final October 24, 2014

    Leeds: The two best players in the fray, Pankaj Advani and Peter Gilchrist entered the final of the World Billiards Championship (points, 150-up format) with hard-fought semi-final victories. Advani, the 29-year-old from Bangalore and holder of nine world titles, overcame fellow-Indian Sourav Kothari 5-2 while Singapore-based Englishman Gilchrist, also a former...