Sandeepís completes hattrick of snooker titles

Sandeep Gulati completed a hat-trick of snooker title when he blanked Bhupender Singh 3-0 in the final of the Delhi State Billiards and Snooker championships on Monday. This was Gulati's third consecutive title in the event which he first won in 2011. Earlier, in snooker league matchs he defeated Abhay Saini by the same 3-0 margin and won against Sharad 3-1.

However, Gulati lost his billiards title to Amit Sharma 2-3 and had to be contend with the runner-up position.

Incidentally, Gulati had finished runner-up in 2011 as well. Sharma edged past Gulati after the scores were tied at 2-2. In the decider, Gulati did not make use of his first couple of visits to the table, that allowed Sharma to run away with the title.

road to nationals

The 33-year-old Gulati has been consistent in the event as well as in pool games and his records speak for themselves. Nevertheless, his victory in snooker and the runner-up finish in billiards, has ensured Gulati berths in the Senior National Billiards and Snooker Championships to be held at Lucknow early next year.

Likewise, Amit Sharma, who now concentrates more on billiards, will be the No. 1 player to represent Delhi at the senior nationals in Lucknow. The 35-year-old reached the round of 16 at the 2000 nationals and with his current form he could well be a serious title contender at Lucknow.

Delhi coach HS Bhogal is optimistic of their perforamance at the senior nationals. "They are in form now. I am hopeful they will make Delhi proud and even if one of them wins the national title, it will be a great accomplishment after Manan Chandra's title win 10 years ago," said Bhogal.

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