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Published on Sep 7, 2009
Pankaj Advani's win is just the latest addition to India's grand history in the sport. For decades now, Indian cueists have been setting the green baize ablaze.
Independent India's first World Champion Wilson Jones was a pioneer of cue sports in the country.
He won the World Amateur Billiards Title in Kolkata (then Calcutta) in 1958 which sparked off a revolution as an assembly line of world champions grew up to first challenge and then dominate the world order.
"The fact that we have these fantastic of world titles... I think it inspires and instils something very deep in every player saying 'we guys are good at this'", says former world champion Geet Sethi.
The Bombay Tiger was the next in line. Michael Ferreira was within sniffing distance of the world title thrice. He lost the finals in 1969, 1973 and 1975 but then came back roaring to win three world titles.