Jaipur’s Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh is leading the Indian Polo Team at the ongoing XII FP World Cup Zonal Playoffs at Inanda Polo Club in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also one of the youngest Indian players to be chosen for the said tournament and is playing for the second time at the World Cup. The World Cup is being played on September 6 to 12 this year. The finals will be held at Palm Beach in Florida, USA, on November 6.
A second player from the Jaipur royal fam to the captain of the Polo team, The last time India won the Polo World Cup was in 1957, held in France. The then team had won under the able captainship of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur. With this, Singh is only the second player belonging to the Jaipur royal family to represent India in the World Cup.
Along with Padmanabh Singh, Shamsheer Ali, Siddhant Sharma, Kuldeep Singh Rathore, Gaurav Sahgal, and Naveen Singh Tanwar are the other members of the team. Samir Suhag will be the coach and manager. Padmanabh will be looking to take the team ahead in the finals at Palm Beach, Florida.
Maharaja Padmanabh Singh has shown outstanding polo skills and performance in the past few years in different tournaments. He has been selected in the Indian side for the World Cup for the second time.
Sawai Padmanabh Singh, a member of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur, was crowned and became Maharaja (king) of Jaipur in 2011 and is the youngest ever player to be chosen for the tournament from India.