Billiards player Pankaj Advani and Cricketer MS Dhoni conferred with Padma Bhushan by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni and star cueist Pankaj Advani received Padma Bhushan awards at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Both Dhoni and Advani have accumulated a host of accolades in their respective careers. While Dhoni’s achievements in cricket are well known, Advani is regarded as the best billiards/snooker player to have ever come out of India. He has won eight world titles in as many years and a total of 19. He recently defended his Asian Billiards Championships title in style by beating his practice partner B Bhaskar 6-1 in the summit clash in Yangon, Myanmar. This means that he remains the Indian, Asian and world champion in billiards for 2017-18. Advani had voiced his discontent at being ignored for the Padma Bhushan in 2017. Then Sports Minister Vijay Goel had congratulated him for winning the Billiards nationals on Twitter to which Advani replied, “Thank you Sir. Just feel after 16 world titles and 2 Asian games golds if I’m ignored for a Padma Bhushan, don’t know what more I need to do (sic.),” he tweeted.