India and Australia polo match to encourage foreign teams to play in India
With the Indian cricket team fighting it out against the Australians at Hyderabad for the second Test match, the Indian polo team is silently looking ahead for the clash against the Australian polo team, as the match is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, at Jaipur Polo Ground. People who know about the game are very excited about the match, as it is going to be an evenly contested one.
Rajesh Sahgal, Delhi steward, or a director, of Indian Polo Association, told this citizen journalist , “It is a one-off match. The match is taking place to encourage international teams to come and play in India. Hence, we will also get to see good matches.” The Australian team is coming to India after a period of five years, their last trip was to Mumbai in 2008. The excitement level is just increasing every hour.
“The representatives of the Indian team are Gaurav Sahgal, Vishal Chauhan, Simran Shergill and Navjit Sandhu,” said Sahgal. These players will not find it easy against the Aussies, who are a force to be reckoned with in this particular sport. The Australians finished fifth in the last Polo world
cup, which took place.
The Australians are eager to win the match and their confidence must have increased after the IPA gave them some of the best horses. Dick Doolin, the Australian captain has the experience of playing in India, as he was part of the team which had last visited India. But the other players in the team lack experience, so the Indian players might take advantage of the home conditions.
Irrespective of it being a big match in the Indian polo circuit, it is very sad that there are very few takers in this sport, hence very few may be aware of such an international match taking place in India. But Sahgal remains positive about the future of Indian polo, and said, “The future of polo is bright. There may be very few players playing polo, but there is revival of the sports
with corporate sponsors coming in.”