Bangalore, Oct 10 (UNI) Ace Indian Cueist Geet Sethi complimented Singapore's Peter Gilchrist for breaking his 15 year old at the recently held New Zealand Open.
"Any break over 1000 requires a huge intensity of concentration and 1346 by Gilchrist is a Fantastic achievement. When you reach 1000, you tend to relax because to achieve the magical four figure it requires great effort, 1346 was absolutely fantastic effort", Geet Sethi told UNI.
"It is very often you get a 1000 break. Michael Ferreira had made 1149 in 1978 and almost 14 years afterwords I made my 1276. It just goes to show you as to how difficult", he added.
He said it also led to generate lots of interest, especially among those players who are capable of making 700-800 break like, it was terrific boon for the game.
Recollecting his mood during his record, he said ''I was in a Zone, you have to get into such mental zone, because you would be in auto mode. The other thing I remember was that I was mentally exhausted after the break. It took about 72 minutes to achieve that break. Concentrating completely for that amount of time also drains you out''.
Asked how he felt when Gilchrist broke his record, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee said that "I think records are meant to be broken and I sent a message to Gilchrist and got thanking reply. As a sportsmen we take it sportively and it also shows that the game is alive and growing strength to strength, so I welcomed".
Sethi's break of 1276, which had come in the World Professional Billiards Championship in 1992, was surpassed by Gilchrist when he notched up 1346 against Ross Elixy of New Zealand at the Hamilton cosmopolitan Club on Friday.