The cueists turned out to be the saving grace by bagging a silver medal as the fancied shooters came a cropper on a disappointing third day of competitions in the 16th Asian Games which saw India slip to the seventh position on the medals table here today.
With the addition of just a silver and bronze medal, India took their overall medals tally to one gold, four silver and three bronze to drop to the seventh spot on the roster after being in the fifth position on the first two days.
Powerhouse China expectedly did the bulk of the gold collection to consolidate their position atop the table with a tally of 53-20-19 while South Korea (18-13-17) and Japan (13-25-23) were in the second and third position respectively.
It was a heart-breaking day for the large Indian contingent with star shooters like Gagan Narang and Tejaswini Sawant failing to come to terms with the windy conditions at the Aoti shooting range while the performance at the other venues also left much to be desired.
The performance of the snooker team comprising Yasin Merchant, Sneh Aditya Mehta and Brijsh Damani, who gave India their fourth silver, and the bronze-winning effort of the men's tennis team were the highpoints of an otherwise dismal day.
While the snooker team lost to China 1-3 in the final to be content with the silver, the men's tennis team lost to Chinese Taipei with a 1-2 margin in a marathon battle.
The shooters, who have provided the bulk of the medals so far, were a big disappointment as they drew a blank with all of them failing to qualify, handicapped by windy conditions.
The men's hockey team began their campaign on a rousing note by thrashing lowly Hong Kong 7-0 in a group-B league match while the paddlers endured a mixed day in the individual competitions with only Kumarsen Shamini making it to the second round of the mixed as well as women's singles event.
In weightlifting, India's medal hope K Ravi Kumar failed to live up to expectations as he finished fifth with a below-par performance in the men's 69kg weightlifting.
Ravi Kumar would have won a medal had he repeated his 321kg effort which fetched him a gold in the Commonwealth Games but he could only lift 311kg (141+170) to finish fifth.
Amid the gloom, Grandmaster Sasikiran Krishnan continued his unbeaten run with two wins and a draw today to sit at joint second after the seventh round and remain in contention for a medal in the chess competition.