Young cueist Shahbaaz Adil Khan has set his cue on the World Under-21 Championship as well as a MS in Neurology. K. Keerthivasan
Like most teenagers his age, Shahbaaz Adil Khan, the reigning National Junior Billiards Champion, dislikes politics. So much so he doesn’t want to discuss it. Ask him about snooker and billiards, the 18-year-old is ready to talk. In the city to participate in the John W Roberts Invitation Snooker Tournament, Khan opened up about snooker, academics and his love for college books.
Do you prefer billiards or snooker?
I like snooker, though I have better results in billiards. I really don’t know why. I am planning to hire a coach so that I can do well in snooker.
Who are your favourite cueists?
I admire Yasin Merchant for the way he approaches the game, for his conduct and style. Then, of course, Geet Sethi.
What are your strengths as a player?
Stick to the basics. My objective is ‘don’t try to show off. If you do that, you can’t win.’
What do you like about Chennai?
I haven’t moved around the city much but I have been to Marina Beach. And I love your tea. It’s simply superb.
What are your hobbies?
I listen to music, play badminton and read books - only college books! I also love reading newspapers.
What are your future plans?
I have got admission in the Institute of Post Graduate Medical and Research, Kolkata, where I will pursue my MBBS degree. My first semester begins in August.
Which branch of medicine do you want to specialise in?
MS in Neurology. Very few opt for it as it is one of the toughest subjects.
Are you serious about continuing the sport that has made you famous?
I want to juggle snooker and academics.
How is the state of billiards and snooker in Kolkata?
Kolkata has good players though there are only a few tournaments. But in Mumbai, there are lot of good players because there are lot of tournaments.
You’re you scared of…
Your favourite actors?
Katrina Kaif and Tom Cruise.
Do you have any major ambition?
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