India ace cueist Pankaj Advani, on Sunday increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the 2019 IBSF World Billiards Championship.

In a repeat of last year’s final at the IBSF World Billiards Championship, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scoreline and defeated Nay Thway of Myanmar 6-2.

Since returning for national duty from a brief stint in the UK in 2014, Pankaj has brought home a world title every year in billiards or snooker, or both.

“It’s such a touch-and-go format and so unpredictable that winning this four years on the trot and five out of the last six is extremely special,” said the champion athlete.

Pankaj has proven to be the most consistent Indian athlete, prevailing in world championships since 2003. The 34-year-old has won more world titles in cue sports than anyone in the world making him the greatest cueist of all time.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Pankaj Advani for clinching his 22nd world title and said the ace cueist’s “tenacity is admirable”.

“Congratulations Pankaj Advani! The entire nation is proud of your accomplishments. Your tenacity is admirable. Best wishes for your future endeavours,” tweeted Modi late on Sunday.

(With agency inputs)