Mumbai: Billiards and Snooker Association of Maharashtra today hailed Aditya Mehta`s brilliant run in the World Games in Colombia, where the Mumbai cueist clinched the gold medal after beating China`s Liang Wenbo 3-0.
"Aditya Mehta has now finally proven beyond doubt that he is by far the most accomplished, talented and sincere snooker player that we have seen since Yasin Merchant who played on the Pro circuit," said BSAM`s joint secretary Derek Sippy, who is also Mehta`s club-mate at Chembur Gymkhana.
Sippy pointed out that Mehta has shown that can match up to the best in the Pro circuit.
"Earlier, whenever a professional snooker player came down to India or played against an Indian on the Pro circuit, no one ever gave a ghost of a chance to any Indian who played the likes of legends Steven Hendry, Jimmy White or even the lesser ranked Pros then. But today, Aditya can play any player on the Pro circuit and win," he said.
"That is what this dedicated player has achieved due to sheer determination and very supportive parents Snehal and Sheela who have backed him all the way. They deserve equal credit for Aditya`s success," Sippy added.
Mehta had earlier defeated Thailand`s Dechawat Poomjaeng, conqueror of his Indian compatriot Pankaj Advani in the quarters, 3-1 in the semifinal.
Mehta`s gold was the first-ever for an India in the quadrennial games and the first since badminton great Prakash Padukone bagged a bronze in the inaugural World Games in 1981.
I would like to wish Eoin Morgan and his squad all the very best against a strong Indian side.
James Whittaker, England national selector