I am still learning the game: Ace cueist Advani

Mumbai, Dec 2 (IANS) Despite having 15 world titles to his name, India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani believes he is still learning the game, also adding that he dreams of being followed by tennis legend Roger Federer on Twitter someday soon.

Advani added another feather to his cap by winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship after battling past his Chinese opponent Zhua Xintong in the final to take his world title count to 15 in November.

The victory comes just after he clinched the IBSF Billiards crown in September. He is also the first person in history to take the short (6-Red) and the long snooker format in the same year.

“I am still learning the game. There is no end to learning,” Advani said at an event here on Tuesday.

Speaking on a talk show hosted by Twitter India, the 30-year-old said he dreams of being followed on social networking site Twitter by Swiss tennis star Federer, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and veteran film director Christopher Nolan.

“Federer is one of the greatest sports persons you have witnessed. His twitter account is the best I have witnessed. I dream of being followed by Federer. Also PM Modi and Christopher Nolan are the other two persons whom I want to be followed by in Twitter,” he said.

“I love to follow PM Modi’s account as it is so informative, his every move decision and sharing current topics helps so much. Even Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is someone I like following. He is an interesting character,” the Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri award winner from Bengaluru said.

Advani met PM Modi days after pocketing his 14th world title in October.

Speaking about his meeting with Modi, Advani said, “It was a huge moment to meet PM. I was nervous when I met him. He is a great person to talk to. I had a talk with him about sports in India and sports policies.”

Nicknamed ‘The Golden Boy’, Advani pointed out that he did not want to comment on the current “intolerance” issue as it would result in mixed reactions from all corners of India and elsewhere.

“I refuse to comment on intolerance issue as it will make mixed reactions from India and other parts,” Advani said.

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