Ahmedabad: Gujarat have been the standard nursery for cue sports activities, generating eminent avid gamers like Satish Mohan, Neelkamal Vakil, Rajkamal Vakil and Geet Sethi — all legends of the billiards and snooker desk.
This aside, the likes of Sonic Multani and Rupesh Shah, too, dominated the nationwide billiards and snooker scene within the 90s. In spite of a temporary occupation, Multani had controlled to churn out some extremely exceptional video games.
Alternatively, that appears to be misplaced now with handiest 26-year-old Dhvaj Haria managing to stay the magic at the cue stick nonetheless alive attaining back-to-back finals of the senior nationwide billiards each in 2018 and 2019. Alternatively, he too is but to boost the coveted trophy.
“Gujarat avid gamers are missing consistency,” mentioned Multani, who was once not too long ago appointed the nationwide snooker trainer. Multani who lifted the billiards name two times — in 1995 and 1996 — and the snooker name in 1997, was once within the town on Saturday.
Speaking to TOI, “Tremendous Sonic” as Multani was once nicknamed together with his trailblazing display at the inexperienced baize within the mid-90s, he was once all reward for Dhvaj’s recreation pronouncing that he can topple any most sensible billiards participant any day. Alternatively, he too must paintings on his consistency, Multani added.
Speaking about Rupesh and Dhvaj, the trainer mentioned the duo is by way of some distance probably the most constant of the lot and is the most productive within the trade within the state.
“Rupesh performs in a well-planned means and his revel in down the years is helping him in attaining a top same old. Dhvaj has all of the photographs is his armour however by some means misses on the ones an important issues and is not able to capitalize on the ones alternatives,’’ lamented Multani, grasp snooker who retired impulsively in 1997 on the height of his occupation sudden his lovers.
“Best Indian avid gamers corresponding to Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta, Sourav Kothari… all have extra religion of their talents and are thus extra a hit. When I used to be an aspiring younger participant, any individual as soon as warned me that whilst I used to be sound asleep, someone in every other nook of the globe was once training. This affected me such a lot that I set to work exhausting,” mentioned the 48-year-old Multani.
Ahmedabad’s Rupesh Shah, the 1993 nationwide billiards champion, too feels that the children taking on cue sports activities within the state lack the starvation to excel. “I feel the teen simply need to benefit from the recreation as they lack the starvation.’’
Rupesh nonetheless cherishes the best way he used to follow with Sonic within the 90s. “We no longer handiest practiced in combination but in addition participated in championships in combination,” recalled Rupesh.
Gujarat State Billiards Affiliation president, Abhishek Shah, too, is of the opinion that kids like Karmesh Patel, Dhruv Patel, and Ranveer Singh Marwa can aspire to achieve the zenith that the state’s global and nationwide champions have reached.
“Budding avid gamers like Karmesh, Dhruv and Ranveer will shine in years yet to come however it is going to take a while for them to develop into nationwide champions,’’ mentioned Shah.
He additional mentioned that the game is changing into fashionable in different towns like Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Navsari, and Jamnagar but even so Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

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