Rathore strikes gold for 61st Cavalry
MAJOR RAVI Rathore struck two seconds from time in the fourth and final chukker to help 61st Cavalry win the Emaar MGF Sawai Mansingh Gold Vase trophy at the Jaipur Polo Grounds on Sunday.
Starting with a half point advantage, 61st Cavalry, with a handicap of seven, prevailed 6.5-3 over Jaipur Polo Company, which had a handicap of eight.
Capitalising on the chances that came his way, Rathore scored four times to leave the opponents helpless.
At the start of the third chukker, Cavalry led 1.5-1. They stretched it further through Rathore’s brace. In the 4th minute of the third chukker, Rathore dribbled past Sandhu and hit the ball down the left for his first goal.
One minute from time, he scored his second — Atul Gupta, dragging the ball to the right, cut it for Rathore to slot it home. Cavalry took their score to 3.5.
Though JPC controlled the game with higher percentage of possession and with brilliant stroke play, they failed to make the most out of the opportunity.
Their dominance was highlighted by Uday Kalan’s teasing run in the third chukker when he dribbled past Cavalry men to found Manupal Godara with his backhand shot in front of the goal.
Godara, who struck all the goals for JPC, did not miss the opportunity.
The fourth and final chukker witnessed Rathore wrapping up things for JPC by thudding the ball home for the last time, capping a fine effort by his team.