English Billiards simply known as Billiards is a cue sport. It was originated in Great Britain and was originally known as the winning and losing carambole game, combining the name of three predecessor games- the winning game, the losing game and the carambole game which were popular in various countries of Europe. This game is played using two white balls (one white ball and one spotted white ball or yellow ball) and a red object ball and a stick called a cue is used to strike the balls. The global governing body of English Billiards is World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) for professionals and International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) for amateur players.
English Billiards is played on a six-pocket table which measures around 11.71 x 5.83 feet (commonly 12 x 6 feet) with the pocket size of around 3.5 inches. The height from the top of the cushion to the floor is around 2 ft 9.5in to 2ft 10.5in. The snooker table has rubber rails known as cushions and the baize-covered slate bed which is about 2 inches thick. A straight line is drawn at 29 inches from one end of the table (the bottom cushion) and is called the Baulk-line and the 29 inches area is known as the Baulk In which a semi-circle of 11.5 inches radius is drawn called a 'D' which has its center at the middle of the baulk-line.
He is a professional English Billiards player and a former professional snooker player who is a two-time Asian Games champion and was also honored by the Arjuna award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri by the Government of India.