What the Argentinians can do, the Indians can do better. Despite the presence of Santiago de Estrada and Martin Ravina (both six-goalers) in the Johor Tigers team, none could match the peach of a goal scored by home bred pro Manupal Godara in the opening match of the Indian Open at the Jaipur ground on Wednesday.
Godara’s solo end-to-end goal — quite rare on polo fields considering the unending stretch — scored in the fifth and penultimate chukker had class written all over it.
Manupal snared the ball near the rival goalmouth and galloped miles ahead of the rest, with the ball firmly ‘stuck’ to his mallet as he scored the 12th goal for Johor on way to beating Kingfisher First 15-9.
Debutants Kingfisher showed the heart to fight initially but with Hyderabadi Basheer Ali having an off day, things started looking uphill as Johor launched a massive offensive after the third chukker.
Playing on equal terms with seven goals each till the end of the third chukker, Johor simply sped away like a racing car, scoring three in the fourth and another five in the final two chukkers.
All of Vishal Singh's heroics — he scored seven for the king of good times — came to a nought as both Basheer and Uday Kalaan seemed to have taken the field without mallet heads.
Johor Tigers 15 (Ravi Rathore 2, Manupal Godara 3, Martin Ravina 6 and Santiago de Estrada 4) bt Kingfisher First 9 (Basheer Ali 2, Uday Kalaan, James Harper and Vishal Singh 7)