Eleven-year-old Ranveer, India’s youngest pool and snooker player, who made it to the round of 32 in the first edition of International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) world under-18 event held in Russia last month, is all set for an emotional outing in the Sandeep Duggal memorial all-India open 6-Red snooker tournament, which is named after his father. In the tournament, which is being conducted five months after Ranveer lost his father, Sandeep, who had helped him make the most of his precocious talent, the young cueist will try to avoid getting overwhelmed by the occasion. He will try to come up with a good performance, and, if possible, clinch the title as a tribute to his father.
“I really miss him; he was my hero and my inspiration. I grew up wanting to become a top cueist like him. He wanted to see me become one of the top cueists in India and I will try to make his dream come true. Before that, I want to win this tournament for him,” said the Class 5 student of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45.
Born in a family of cueists, Ranveer grabbed headlines when he became the youngest pool player in the country at the age of six during the sub-junior event of the national pool championship held at Ludhiana in 2011. The same year, he took part in 6-Red national snooker championship held at Chandigarh Club that made him the youngest snooker player in India. Ranveer even got the opportunity to rub shoulders with Pankaj Advani and Geet Sethi during these events.
Last month, Ranveer once again took the centre stage when he participated in his maiden international event—the first edition of IBSF world under-18 snooker championship—at St Petersburg in Russia from October 3 to 10. “I wish dad was there. He would have been so proud,” shared Ranveer.
His grandfather Rakesh, who is also the secretary of Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Association, said, “Sandeep was a top player and now I want Ranveer to follow his footsteps. I am impressed with the way Ranveer’s career is shaping up. He is still 11 and has plenty of years to develop his skills,” said Rakesh.