Royals, political figures and polo aficionados dressed in their colour block blazers, trendy hats, bright winter dresses and sporting the latest hairdos thronged the Jaipur Polo Grounds in the Capital on Sunday afternoon. Three teams — Panasonic Polo, Pepsi and IndusInd Bank — were vying for the Land Rover Polo Trophy at the H.H. Maharaja Jiwaji Rao Scindia Gold Cup in a round-robin. Spectators were on the edge of their seats towards the final match as the two finalists, Panasonic Polo and Pepsi, fought hard to pick up the Cup, only to be declared joint winners of the trophy by the end of the two-hour match.
While the crowd cheered for their favourite teams, the DJ belted out songs such as Staying Alive to keep up the mood after the showers of the previous day. Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah, the chief guest, presented the trophy to both the teams by the end of the sixth chukkar, where they stood at two goals apiece.
Hosted by Yashodhara Raje Scindia, the list of spectators at the polo match, often dubbed as the sport of royals, included Usha Raje Rana, British High Commissioner Sir James Bevan and Lady Janet Bevan, Kanika Raje, Raje’s son Akshay Bhansali, Niharika Raje, Vikramaditya Singh and Chitrangada Raje Singh with their daughter Mrighanka, Ijayraj Singh, Tikka Shatrujit Singh, Kazim Ali Khan and Nagad Abedi.