Sourav Kothari pockets National Billiards title

Sourav Kothari pockets National Billiards title

Sourav Kothari pockets National Billiards title

Kolkata cueist Sourav Kothari put up a dominating display on the green baize to outplay Siddharth Parekh 5-2 in the final of the National Billiards Championship here today.

Bagging his second National Billiards title, he won his maiden crown in 2014, Kothari started with a bang to win four straight frames in the best-of-nine frame (150-up each) summit clash.

The former Asian Billiards champion had three 100-plus breaks in the first four frames to unsettle Parekh, who was playing his first National Billiards final.

"I am just over the moon. I had spoken to dad (Manoj Kothari - National cuesport coach). He told me a few things and that really helped," Sourav told PTI.

"It (the competition) is complete field of billiards, great feeling. Siddharth was on a roll after getting past (Pankaj) Advani in the quarter-final and then he went past B Bhaskar in the semis 4-0. So he was the man to beat.

"It was a tough match regardless of the scoreline. Especially, the way Siddharth was playing I knew I had to start off well. I mean 0-4 down he came back with two century breaks. So a great match and  great finish for me," added a jubiliant Sourav.

The finalists have also booked their berth for the Asian Billiards in Colombo starting March 1.