Of Horses, gentlemen and ladies- The ILA Pasrich Bhopal Pataudi Cup

Aakriti Sharma 
This year, yet again Jaipur Polo Ground saw the continuing legacy of Bhopal Pataudi Polo Cup in the month of fall, hosted by Begum Mansoor Ali Khan and Amir Singh Pasrich & Shivani Wazir Pasrich in association with Abu Dhabi Tourism, powered by Gaurs. Guess what? The Insider was there too!
It all started with a classy invite- Have a see:
The legendary Bhopal Pataudi Polo Cup 2015 saw an exhibition match between I.L.A Pasrich & Company captained by Amir Singh Pasrich and Gaurs’ team under the captainship of Akshai Malik. Basically, India’s finest Polo Players from across the country. The match was very interesting and engaging with its ups and downs, falls and goals, fouls and penalties. To top it all, the commentary was done  by a 10 year old boy, flawlessly illustrating his interest for the game and as well as wonderful speaking skills!
Shivani Wazir Pasrich engaged the audience during the breaks by introducing the guests and also by announcing raffle games and their results. Raahi a foundation that works against child sexual abuse held a draw for children. Abu Dhabi Tourism sponsored a two day trip to Abu Dhabi and the air tickets for a couple, again through a draw. Selfie contest made everyone enthusiastic  enough to tweet their picture with #BhopalPataudi hashtag. 
Amir and Shivani Pasrich with Sharmila Tagore

The entire event tried to convey the message “To give back to the society, is a pleasure”.

The Winner takes it all- Jindal Panthers

The day ended with the prize distribution to the winners – Jindal Panthers

The Bhopal Pataudi Polo Cup was first instituted in 1996 when the late Nawab Mansur Ali Khan of Pataudi , presented it to the Army Polo Riding Club, as a running trophy. Though not a polo player himself, Tiger Pataudi was a polo enthusiast. This was hardly surprising given that his father, a renowned cricketer, an Oxford Blue at hockey and billiards, was also a keen polo player. Tiger’s maternal grandfather Nawab Hamidullah Khan of Bhopal was not only a 9 goal player himself but he even captained the Bhopal team. This cup has been named after them in recognition of their enormous contribution to Polo.

Naveen Jindal and Amir Pasrich 
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