“I am very excited to play my maiden World Billiards Championship in UK. I am lucky to have played the IBSF World Billiards earlier and this is the first time I am playing World Billiards long format event.”
Though multiple World champion Pankaj Advani is missing from the Indian list, Geet Sethi is coming back into billiards after a hiatus since 2013.
The tournament has some illustrious names playing together such as Mike Russell, Peter Gilchrist, David Causier, and Rob Hall. Rupesh Shah, Sourav Kothari, Dhruv Sitwala, Alok Kumar, Dhvaj Haria, Devendra Joshi and Siddharth Parekh are the other Indians in the fray. There is a warm-up event (the World Open) before the World Championship which will be held on October 20 and 21. This is followed by World Championship long format October 22 to 26.The round-robin league is followed by knock-out. The event is being held at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds. The World Women’s Billiards Championship will be held concurrently on October 25.
“It surely is a great opportunity for me to play this event especially given that the best of the best, the stalwarts, multiple times World Champions are playing in this event,” said Shrikrishna, a first year student of Vivekananda College, Chennai before leaving for Leeds on Wednesday.
“The fact that I would be playing amongst them is a great opportunity. I would be tested for my stamina and endurance in addition to a strong defence when I do not have an opening. And obviously, when I get an opening I need to capitalise with my breaks. I am keenly looking forward to being there.”