Feels great when people say things like 'he is the Messi of our sport': Pankaj Advani

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A 24th world title. Most people get bored of doing the same thing again and again. Has any such feeling ever struck you?

In hindsight, has the forced break due to Covid-19 helped your longevity, maybe unknowingly?

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What state were you in during the pandemic break that kept getting extended?

To the fans of cue sports, your performance in Doha suggested Pankaj Advani never stopped practising even during the lockdown...

How difficult was it to switch on and get back into the routine of regular training again?

From training to competition mode for the first time in almost two years. Did you face any difficulty, maybe internal, which the results didn't reflect?

You like being 'in the zone' as a player, but this time an added requirement was to be 'in the bubble' as well. Tell us something about that.

Like you said, you have been around for so long. You are 36 now and, of course, this sport allows you to go on a little longer than other sports that are physically more demanding. So where do you see yourself in the future from that aspect?

Do you think there is hope inside you that the sport will get to the Olympics one day, and maybe you want to sign off on that note?

When you look back at your first title wins, in the post-Covid era if we can call it that, what's one memory, besides winning the titles, that will always remain with you?

You mentioned your back issue. What kind of fitness levels are required for cue sports, because many people, as you said, are not aware of it?

Such demands of the sport bring us to another important aspect, which is in focus these days: mental health. How do you handle that aspect of your game?

NEW DELHI: From the outside, it seemed like somebody woke Pankaj Advani up and he took his cue stick out, got around the table and did what he does best, i.e., winning world titles.Last month, he added a 24th global trophy to his name, pocketing the IBSF 6-Red Snooker World Cup in Doha. At this rate, despite losing a couple…
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