Manoj Kothari is overwhelmed with the amazing success of Pankaj Advani. Pankaj clinched his 14th World Billiards Championship title on Sunday in Adelaide. Manoj Kothari was the former coach of Pankaj Advani when he began his career as a professional player. Manoj, speaking on Pankaj’s success, said, “Pankaj has set such a height with his 14th title in all formats of the Billiards that I do not feel it will be possible for anybody in future.” Manoj Kothari is also a former World Champion in Billiards, but he feels Pankaj’s credit is much higher than his achievement. Kothari added saying, “In our times there were hardly five to six players who used to become World Champions on a rotation system. But now that number of champions has come to 15 or 16! So it has now been truly tough for anybody to achieve 14 world titles.”
Manoj Kothari also added saying that Pankaj’s rare achievement will gradually make the game more popular. Manoj said, “I can easily compare this success with the gold medal, earned in the Olympics. But at the same time I feel sad when it is observed that Billiards and snooker both the games are extremely ignored in our country. And there lies my hope that like IPL or ISL, one-day billiards and snooker will also bring revolutionary changes in India.”
Kothari however, commenting on his former student, clarified, “The key strength Pankaj Advani possesses is mental toughness. And that was seen in Sunday’s match when Pankaj scored 400 points in his concluding stroke even at a time when he was around 1000 points ahead of his opponent, Peter Gilchrist. It is amazing for any sportsman to show such mental strength at that time.”
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