India’s Pankaj Advani sat in his chair, watching his opponent, former champion Mike Russell, reel off a stream of cannons and pots for a 155-point break to go 1-0 up in the IBSF World Billiards 150Up Championship final.
When England’s Mike Russell opened the IBSF World Billiards 150-Up Championship with a loss to India’s Dhvaj Haria on Thursday, he had said these were just “early days”.
The year was 2012, the place was Leeds, England. A 19-year-old Dhvaj Haria went up against a 16-time world champion in Mike Russell on his World Billiards Championship debut.
India’s Pankaj Advani has won a total of 16 world titles so far. But going for the 17th of his career at the IBSF World Billiards Championship 2017, which starts in Doha today, he can still feel “butterflies in the stomach.”
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