After Asian gold, Malkeet Singh ready for Cue Slam League and the world stage
Cueist Malkeet Singh will team up with Kelly Fisher and current world No. 4 Laura Evans, besides fellow Indian players Pushpender Singh and Manan Chandra at Delhi Dons in the Cue Slam League.Updated: Aug 01, 2017, 10:07 IST
Even before winning his maiden title in the state snooker championship in 2005, young cueist Malkeet Singh used to train four to six hours daily in a hot and humid room at the Lucknow Club.
The Lucknow Club did not have air conditioners or coolers at that time but it made no difference to Malkeet, who kept pushing himself hard. He was supported by his father, the only spectator there, who used to bring wet towels for him during training at the only table at the club.
In 2013, Malkeet became India’s top junior snooker player. Three additional years of hard work has paid him rich dividends -- he won gold medal at the Asian Men’s Team Snooker Championship in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), recently.
“It was like a dream come true and the joy of winning was even more as we beat Pakistan 3-0 in the final,” said Malkeet, who happens to be the only one from the state to be picked by Delhi Dons in the upcoming Cue Slam League, starting August 19 in Ahmedabad.
At Kyrgyzstan, Malkeet played alongside ace cueist Pankaj Advani and Laxman Rawat.
“Finding my name in the team alongside the likes of Pankaj Advani was unbelievable. He has been my inspiration. I didn’t get a chance to play in the final as we won the first three matches, but I learnt many things,” said Malkeet, who will be playing alongside British cueist Kelly Fisher and current world No. 4 Laura Evans, besides fellow players Pushpender Singh and Manan Chandra at Delhi Dons.
Hailing from a middle-class family in Lucknow’s Charbagh area, Malkeet is set to ear Rs 2 lakh in the week-long league. “Playing alongside world’s greats would be altogether a different experience. I am ready for challenges in the league and will try to win as many matches as possible,” he said.
“I aim for world champion’s crown in billiards and I am sure to get it one day,” added Malkeet about his future targets. “I know what one gets for his hard work and I am very much confident that Cue Slam League would be a milestone of my career.”
Malkeet would also be playing against Pankaj Advani, who is Icon player of Gujarat Kings, during the course of the league.