Indian Snooker, Billiards Player Pankaj Advani Biography, Records, Net Worth, Marriage
Many people have made India proud in many ways but the Indian snooker player Pankaj Advani biography will throw light upon the man who mastered a game that is not inherently Indian. The personal details of the player will also be revealed that will tell you how he came up to be so successful at such a young age. The man is very active on Twitter and also has a huge number of fan following. He is currently the best among all Indian male snooker players. This Golden Boy from Bangalore has turned heads with his acumen in to sports namely, billiards and snooker. He has won many awards on the national and international stage and has represented India with finesse and talent at all occasions. He has been playing the game from the early age of 8 and has many laudatory achievements and records to show for his hard work. He is to snooker what AB de Villiers is to cricket and no less.
Pankaj Advani Family, Age, Wiki
The family background of this accomplished snooker player is that of an affluent family. His parents are very proud of him but it was his brother Dr. Shree Advani who is a popular performance psychologist had introduced him to the game. The current age of Pankaj Advani is just 30. His approximate height is 5 feet 6 inches and his date of birth is 24th July, 1985.
One of the famous Indian Billiards player Pankaj Advani spent most of his early life in Kuwait but completed his education from Frank Anthony Public School in Bangalore, India. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mahavir Jain College. Pankaj Advani wiki also mentions that his birthplace is Pune, India. The full name of the man is Pankaj Arjan Advani, Arjan being his father’s name and Kajal his mother’s. He is of Sindhi heritage.
Pankaj Advani Debut Match, Snooker Championships
Pankaj Advani acumen for snooker came to the notice of his older brother at the age of 10 who later introduced him to his future coach Arvind Savur. It was not the first match that he had won but he won the first title at the age of 12 and set not one but several records in 1997. He won his first ever Junior Billiards Championship and won the title again in 2001 and 2003.
Indian Snooker player Pankaj Advani became the youngest national snooker champion at the age of 18. At the 2013 Welsh Open he became the first Indian player to reach the quarter finals. He also qualified for the international championship on is fourth attempt and defeated Michael Holt to qualify to the venue stage for the first time. He made 4 century breaks during qualification which is the most for any player.
Pankaj Advani Records, Ranking, Winning Titles
Pankaj Advani has also won these titles in the English Billiards category. His debut billiards match was at the Asian Billiards Championship in 2002 which he won later for a record 8 times. In the IBSF World Billiards Championships the Indian cueist beat his opponent to clinch the world rank of No. 14. He beat Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist to get the title in a 3-ball game that happened in Adelaide.
World’s top ranking sportsman Pankaj Advani is also the first player to achieve a grand double at the IBSF World Billiards Championships that was held at Qawra, Malta where he won in both the time and point format. He helped in the first World Team Billiards Championship held in Glasgow on 14th August 2014 along with Rupesh Shan, Ashok Shandilya and Devendra Joshi.
Pankaj Advani’s title tally is 10 which is the most that any Indian has in any sport. He has won more than 31 titles in his career so far which is no small feat. Another record of Pankaj Advani is that he is the only player to have won all the 5 regional, national and World Billiards tournaments in both formats. He also beat Mike Russell in 2012 who was a nine time winner of WPBSA World Billiards Championship and the then defending champion.
Pankaj Advani National Awards
World Champion Pankaj Advani has also received awards like the Padma Shri which is India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2009. He was also the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna which is India’s highest sporting honor in 2005-06. Karnataka had awarded him the Rajyotsava Award which is the state’s highest civilian award in 2007. He was also named ‘Senior Sportsperson of the Year’ in 2005. He is just 30 and has already set so many records. Needless to say more achievements are yet to be made by this young prodigy.
Pankaj Advani Love Life, Relationships, Marriage
There has been no detail about him having any love affairs. He is rarely seen with any girlfriend but then he has always maintained that his first love will always be billiards. The dating history of the snooker champion is rarely discussed. The man being a very private person does not like to discuss his relationship with anyone.
The star cueist does not have a love life mainly because most of the time he is busy travelling all over the world to participate in world tournaments. He is not married but a wedding is inevitable. Maybe then his love story will commence with his wife.
Pankaj Advani Latest Buzz, Facts
The latest news is that he is nicknamed as ‘The Golden Boy’ and ‘The Prince of India’. The net worth of the player is huge as it has increased with each of his match winnings. His career winnings are 59, 763 pounds. One of the interesting facts about the player is that he has also won the Arjuna Award in 2004 and Eklavya Award in 2007. He is the current World No. 1 in 6-red snooker and world team billiards. He is definitely one of the iconic players of India that many a struggling sportsmen can take a leaf out of.